Interview with Liz Danforth


I am very honored to present an interview with Liz Danforth,
who created many breathtaking and famous artworks about
Middle-Earth, well-known characters, scenery and more.

Liz Danforth is much more than an artwork artist, she is a multi-talent. Enjoy! Hello Liz. May I ask, when did you start getting involved with Middle Earth?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth:
I learned to read because my mother read The Hobbit to me as a young child! I am old enough that there were no American editions back then -- this was a British edition my mother and father found somewhere. They read everything , including fantasy and science fiction. No one much knew anything about the books back then, and they weren't "popular" for another decade or two.

I have a memory of Tolkien's artwork on the lefthand page (Bag End, I think) and my mother's finger tracking over unintelligible lines of grey smudges on the right page. I remember that moment when I realized that every time her finger touched a certain shape, she said the word " the "... and in that moment I learned to read. I had not even started grade school yet.

I asked my mother about this years later. She confirmed that she had read me books including The Hobbit back then, and the edition in her house was old enough to have been published at the time I was born.

OF COURSE I love Middle Earth! Tolkien's works brought literacy to my world.

Indur Dawndeath Nazgul
By: Liz Danforth Do you still make Middle Earth Artwork?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: All "Middle Earth Artwork" must be licensed through the Tolkien estate. I am not presently working for any licensors. What fascinates you the most about Middle Earth?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: I can't begin to come up with an answer for this, to say "this is the most fascinating thing." Also, my answers would (at best) have changed over time. A roleplayer´s question: what/which is your favorite character
inside Middle-Earth/Lord of the Rings?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: Another question that has shifted over time, I'd say. I like many of them, and usually for different kinds of reasons. Of course, Frodo's overall tragedy is hard to ignore: to strive so hard, and in the end to have nowhere to be the person he was any more when it was all over.

Dwar of Waw the Dog-King
By: Liz Danforth, 1995 Which is your favorite place in Middle-Earth? Undying Lands,
Beleriand, Gondor, Lorien, the Far East or some other place?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: I stink at the "best of" kind of questions! Which is your favorite time period in the history of Middle Earth?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: This is definitely a question where you assume I am more a Tolkien scholar than I am. I have read and re-read the works many times, and also lesser known things like the Father Christmas letters, but this is not a question I have (or have ever had) any answer for.

Akhorahil fifth of the nazgul
By: Liz Danforth, 1995 Which is your favorite story/telling/saga inside Middle Earth? Beren and
Lúthien, a Hobbit´s tale or another saga?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: See my answer to 6. This is too immersed in the lore for me to answer. If you would meet J.R.R. Tolkien, what would be your first question?

Liz DanforthLiz Danforth: "Is there anything I could tell you to convince you that changing the world as you did was not a bad thing?"

Like I said, I am not a scholar or expert of Tolkien's works, merely an aficionado. It has been my honor and pleasure to bring to life the visions of his world as best I can, rooted in the joy with which I read the books as a youngster and the respect in which I hold his words as an adult. I am grateful to know, from people like you who are more deeply immersed in it, that I was at least somewhat successful.

Thank you so very much, Liz Danforth.

If you want to know more about her, go visit the website of Liz Danforth.

Khamul the Easterling
By: Liz Danforth