Tom Loback comes from New York, USA. In early 1990s he was a very popular illustrator of J.R.R. Tolkien's tales and his artwork, known all over the world, was published in such magazines as Beyond Bree (Tom Loback is the author of its logo), Vinyar Tengwar, Mythlore, Parma Eldalamberon, Little Gwaihir and many others. Being an Elvish linguist, Tom Loback employed in his artwork short Sindarin and Quenya compositions written in cirth and tengwar. Some say that his style reminds East European icons. It is very detailed and tells a lot about Tom Loback's great knowledge in ethnology and archeology.


Tom Loback's artwork is published with kind permission of the author.  


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The Thingol Scroll (1989). The cirth inscriptions read: Hirilorn, Andiant 'Long Bridge', Anennyn Menegroth 'Long Gate of Menegroth', Thingol, Azaghâl, Neldoreth, Sir Esgalduin 'River Esgalduin', Region; longer inscription reads: Aran i Sindar Doriath onant anaemíron Nimfelos na Azaghâl Aran Indrafang Belegost. Nau[g]rim a Sindarim echant rondath si nuin amonon arthir a angianrad Esgalduin.  'King of the Sindar [of] Doriath...?'.



The Thingol Scroll (1989). The cirth inscriptions read: Ogbar, Mablung, Elu Thingol, Telchar, Naugl[a]dur, Fanglûn; longer inscription reads: Aeamírath i Naugladur Aran i Naugrim Nogrod Thingol enononant an thilthan anbegil indranaith a aigmaigoth engrin gaidain echant. Telchar argaidan echanth Aranruth aramegil. '?'.


The Thingol Scroll - fourth panel (1989). The picture depicts one of the great moments in Middle-earth for those interested in the writing systems that J.R.R. Tolkien invented: it shows Daeron demonstrating the Certhas to Thingol in Nivrim. The cirth inscriptions read: Beleriand Dûn 'West Beleriand'; Daeron, Certhas, Thingol, Sirion; longer inscription reads: Tef Belanivorn nivim Daeron anedhelin chamechant hin ce[r]thas oniel Thingol beth úpedin a úlawin '?'.



Aranruth (1989). The picture presents the sword of Thingol, King of Doriath, and later of Dior, and of the Kings of Númenor. The inscription in cirth reads: Aranruth.


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Battle between Thingol and Boldog. A very nice picture with Sindarin tengwar inscriptions that read: Dagor Fornephel Gorgul a Deloth 'Battle of North Fence of Gorgul and Deloth'; Hothron Boldog glamhoth 'Commander (?) Boldog of the horde'; Aran Thingol Sindarim 'King Thingol of the Sindar'. Dimbar; Nan Dungortheb; Ered Gorgoroth; Neldoreth. The picture shows a battle between Boldog and Thingol described in The Lays of Beleriand.


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King Thingol fights with Boldog (1989). The Sindarin inscription reads: Maeth im Thingol a Boldog. Elu Torthingol, Tor Tinduma, Tor Eglath, Aran Garthuriend, Garon Beleriand; argad togant gwedeirath hendrim dagro glamhoth dunn ar Boldog olg hothron horthan hin Tol Thû; oth tagatha na leben ar nechaer meneg Urchin ar Drüg. Thingol nivrant an odo ar aduchaer meneg bereldweth lindiel, drumhin thrón, pelegin lung, langin luin, naithin laig, tangin tung. Mablung feir... 'Fight between Thingol and Boldog. Elu King Thingol, King of Twilight, King of the Forsaken, Lord of Garthurien, Ruler of Beleriand led forth kin of [his] children to battle [with] black horde and [with] horrible Boldog, a commander urged on now [from] Isle of Sauron; [the] war was made by thirty five thousand Orcs and Wild Men. Thingol faced [them] with twenty seven thousand [?] singing, shields stiff, axes heavy, swords blue, spearheads sharp, bowstrings tight. Dead Mablung...' 


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King Thingol killed by the Dwarves. An inscription reads: Thingol horn an gurth dîn 'Thingol impelled to his death'.


Mirkwood Elvish Warriors (1988). The picture comes from Halls of the Elven-king being a book of the MERP series. The artwork depicts Mirkwood Elvish warriors with their various weapons and equipment. The cirth inscriptions read: Pelegador Penador Magador Egador or 'axe-warrior', 'bow-warrior', 'sword-warrior', 'spear-warrior'.

Mirkwood Battle of Dol Guldur (1988).


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