As the first of the 52 human beings we will explore in 2019, we chose J.R.R. Tolkien as a relatively easy one.
Tolkien is most famous for being the father of modern fantasy literature and creating the world of Middle-Earth, filled with Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and Dark Lords. The books of the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion have inspired for the past 70 years, generations of movie makers, modern fantasy writers, illustrators, role players, game makers, musicians and of course… toy makers an photographers.
Much of the universe and characters created by Tolkien were influenced by old European folklore, mythology, and languages. References to Greek mythology, Christianity, Nordic and Germany mythology, Kalevala and Arthurian Legends can all be found in Tolkien’s work.
Influence of Tolkien’s on toys
Due to the popularity of his literature, there is a plethora of toys inspired by creatures from Middle-Earth. Although these are not sold anymore, LEGO had an entire range based on Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
But the influence of Tolkien can also be found outside the world of Middle Earth. Characters such as Albus Dumbledore (created by another of the 52 human beings we will explore later this year) and
And let’s not forget other “non-licensed” toys featuring Elves, Dwarves, and other fantastic creatures.
How does Tolkien influence your toy photography?
With his literature having been influenced by so many various
Maybe it is the choice of toys and characters. Maybe it is the story elements. Or the themes explored? Or maybe it is another work (such as Harry Potter or Star Wars) inspired by Middle-Eart that inspires you?
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