Possibly the chief inspiration of my life – the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and mainly, the Silmarillion.

These images are (c) Jenny Dolfen. You may share them if you credit me and link back to Please do not remove my copyright tag, and do not use the pictures out of context. Thank you!

Recent Artwork (2019-2020). Older work is further below, in chronological order!

The Last Alliance
Wardens of the North
Tears Unnumbered
And his heart was filled with longing
For Maglor slew Uldor the Accursed
Then Fingon rode against him
The Professor
(Official T-Shirt design for Tolkien2019)
He sang a song of Valinor
The death of Fëanor
Utulie’n Aurë!
And Morgoth came
It ends in flame
Maedhros searches for the sons of Dior
In pain and regret
The harp no longer sings
Ancalagon the Black
The Oath of Fëanor
The drawing of the Sword
Crossing the Helcaraxë
The Vanyar leave for war
Dragon’s hoard
The Hunt
The rescue of Maedhros
Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour
Until the world is broken and remade
Three is company
For Ulmo bore up Elwing out of the waves
Éowyn and Faramir
The light of Eärendil

51 thoughts on “Tolkien

  1. Your so good! I haven’t read any Tolken yet, but my mom has, should would love this! Keep up the work! (P.S. Awesome Harry Potter drawings!)

  2. WELL DONE. It’s actually refreshing to see Fingolfin depicted as he should be, with dark hair. It always annoyed me as well; those who depicted him as blonde. Anyway, awesome art, REALLY awesome. As a huge Tolkien fan, I love it. Keep up the good work.

  3. stumbled across your work when I was browsing on wiki. GORGEOUS! The emotions in your drawings were fantastic. I was really moved. (I`ll happily admit that I was in tears when I saw ‘Forgiveness’). Really, really fantastic work. Well done indeed!

  4. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!!!!!!!!! I love The Silmarillion and most of your art is just how I imagine them. I paint with watercolors and did a paint sketch of Turin the other day but you are just AWESOME at what you do.!

  5. Hi there Jenny :) I just wanted to let you know that I adore your Tolkien art. <3 You're truly an amazing artist. Oh, and I have a question; have you ever painted The elven kingThranduil? I'm curious cos he's one of my favourite characters alongside with Finarfin,Glorfindel, Elrond, Galadriel, and Maedhros. :) Have a nice day! -Katja-

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  7. Your art is the best; I can’t even begin to conceptualize how talented you are. You should do one of Maeglin looking melancholy.

  8. Beautiful to behold. May Eru bless your hands for all time!! Have you plans to release a portfolio, book or calendar containing some of your work?

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  10. Sons of Rohan: would like to see more yellow as colour of their hair. The Two Towers – Helm’s Deep – “Death to the Forgoil! Death to the Strawheads! Death to the robbers from the North!”

    Ringbearers: Galadriel and Elrond are too short.
    “Very tall [Galadriel and Celeborn] were, and the Lady no less tall than the Lord; and they were grave and beautiful.” – The Fellowship of the Ring – The Mirror of Galadriel.

    “Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two(Elrond & Glorfindel); but his long white hair, his sweeping silver beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.” The Fellowship of the Ring – Many Meetings.

    But I love your drawings !

  11. Your work is wonderful. I have gone far beyond loving and reading Tolkien’s works, but have studied them in-depth for many years now and always find something more to fall completely in-love with. You have captured the soul of Tolkien’s majestic world and mythology brilliantly. Thank you so much for sharing your interpretation of Tolkien’s magnificent vision. If you find the time and have the inclination, perhaps you may one day do a series on the Valar? I would love to see your interpretations of them.

  12. Utterly amazing and wonderful and captivating! I especially like Maedhros’ pictures, they are marvelous. Have you ever done one of Thingol and Melian? Thank you so much.

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  14. Incredible. These are simply beautiful; I love your style. I was especially delighted (and anguished, haha) to see so you illustrate the story of Maedhros. I hope you continue with your Tolkien art. I would also love to see more of Beren and Luthien and Finrod (who looks exactly how I pictured him).

  15. One other thing–what does “Forgiveness” portray? I’m trying to remember a scene like it, but I can’t!

    • It’s a “missing scene” in which Maedhros, released from Mandos after a long time, and probably as the first of his family, meets his mother again.

      • WOW. That’s almost enough to make me cry! I thought that looked like Maedhros, but…what a beautiful ending you imagined! I think I shall imagine it too! After all, Eru is merciful. :)

      • Thank you so much for painting this ” missing scene.” It conveys a needed coda to the Story- forgiveness and mercy – which is certainly in the spirit of “Eru is merciful.” Thank you for your wonderful art which captures the beauty, sadness, longing, terror, etc of my favorite Tales: of Middle Earth.

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  17. Hello, Jenny. My poem, Song For Luthien Tinuviel, was published in Mallorn, the Journal of the Tolkien Society, Issue 55, Winter 2014, I am very pleased to say. It appeared on page two of the journal, together with your painting, the Choice of Luthien and a photograph called Snowthorn by Helen Armstrong, the editor of the journal. I would just like to say how moved I was to see my poem illustrated by your fine painting and Helen Armstrong’s fine photograph. When I first saw how well my poem was presented in the journal, I felt merry with the mead of Middle-earth, to say the least. I am pleased to have found your blog site. Your work is very good. I have enjoyed looking at it. I noticed you are interested in the tale of Blodeuedd from the tale Math Son of Mathonwy from The Mabinogion, so I thought I would post my poem, Blodeuedd, here, which you might like.
    Blodeuedd by Philip Dodd

    Welsh wizards, Math and Gwydyon
    conspired together, met in a wood,
    to form a woman out of flowers,
    petals of oak, broom, meadowsweet,
    so she woke, more fair than spring
    song of birds when leaves
    drip and shine with showers.

    Later, Gwydyon regretted the act,
    for as the wife of Lleu,
    she did deeds not fair, but foul,
    renamed her Blodeuwedd,
    and changed her into an owl.

    Now she hoots all through
    the black dark night,
    among the trees and ruined towers,
    and longs to be a woman fair again,
    made of woodland flowers.

  18. Gibt es eine Möglichkeit, dass du vielleicht wieder dein altes Maglor-Bild (wo er die blaue Robe vorm grünen Hintergrund anhat, den langen glatten Haaren und der Harfe im Arm) hochlädst? Ich habe das geliebt und wenn du das irgendwann als Print veröffentlichst, würde ich mir das nur zu gerne zulegen! :D

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  23. Beautiful artwork! The way that you portray Fingon is exactly the way that I imagine him. Keep up the wonderfu work!

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  26. Hello, your art is absolutely wonderful! I have rarely been so fascinated by artworks as I am by yours!

    I am trying to make a document with the genealogy tree of the Noldor and I would like to use one of your artworks for the front cover. It is mostly for personal use but I might share the document later (for free, not for any commercial purpose).
    Can I use one image with full credits and a link to your website?
    Thank you!

  27. Greetings Jenny! A dear friend of mine gifted me with our 99% Noldo t-shirt. Best birthday gift ever! I loled at the 60% righteous anger, 30% artistic talent and 9% fun. Perfect! I’ve been a fan of your beautifully rendered and imagined artwork for wow, maybe 15+ years now. So glad you’re still doing it. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

  28. Amazing art! Truly wonderful atmosphere. It would be interesting to see your take on Sauron in his dark lord shape. As you allready have one of Morgoth.

    Looking forward to see more of your future Tolkien artwork.

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  31. If you were ever to reprint the art book, I’d buy it up so fast. Alas, such is life. And as it is, I adore your art.

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