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    Greg and Tim Hildebrandt Cirith Ungol Tolkien Calendar Preliminary Illustration Original Art (c. 1977). Cirith Ungol is a location in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings. The name translates to "Spider's Cleft," or "Pass of the Spider," named after the guardian of the pass, Shelob. The pass was also guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, originally built by the men of Gondor after the War of the Last Alliance, but held by Orcs at the time of the Lord of the Rings. The finished Hildebrandt painting of this scene was used for the month of November in the 1977 Tolkien Calendar, and it also appears on page 74 of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, the Tolkien Years. Tim wrote, "People usually only see the finished product. They don't realize the amount of work that is done before we even start the paintings. We did very elaborate, full-sized pencil drawings for almost all of our Tolkien work. We had to do them this detailed not only for ourselves, but for Ballantine, in order to get their approval and to check for inaccuracies." This preliminary drawing has an image area of 29" x 22.5", and it has been matted to an overall size of 36" x 30". The piece consists of four panels mounted together, and there are a couple of closed tears in the tissue, but they have been professionally closed; otherwise, the art is in Very Good condition.

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