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Young artists to have work judged by Lord of the Rings Oscar winner

tolkien Thursday 6 October 2016

Students aged 16-19 can enter their Tolkien-inspired artwork into a new competition, which will see shortlisted entries judged by Alan Lee, the Academy Award winning leading Concept Artist for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. 

The winning entry could be used on the official programme for Liverpool Hope University's Tolkien Day, which takes place on 11th November. As well as discussing the films, fans and literature lovers will have the chance on the day to learn about Tolkien’s early manuscripts, his experience of World War 1, his faith - and his hidden links to Liverpool. Alan Lee will also speak at the event. The day will conclude with a free showing of Tolkien’s The Return of the King (2003). View the full programme

About the Tolkien art contest:

  • The contest is open to full time students aged 16-19 years old
  • All submissions must be original pieces of artwork based upon or inspired by Tolkien's literature.
  • Submissions cannot be copies (or tracings) of photographs, movie stills or other published illustrations.
  • Submissions must be two-dimensional works (paintings, drawings and graphic design images) based upon the books or films.
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th of October 2016
  • Submissions can be sent to Tolkien Art Contest, Department of English, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD. Submissions can also be sent via email to Please take a good quality photograph of your artwork if submitting through email. In addition, include your full name, university or school, age and email address. If you would like your artwork returned, you can collect your artwork at the Tolkien Day. Alternatively, you can include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with your submission.
  • Other submissions besides the winner may also be featured in the event programme as well.

Tolkien Day art contest

Tolkien Day full programme

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