J.R.R. Tolkien's
Middle Earth : The Wizards
Card Art Page
Randy Asplund

All artworks are copyright Randy Asplund or Tolkein Enterprises unless otherwise noted. Please contact the artist for permissions.
Each image is  on 8x10 illustration board.
Prints available by request $ 20.00
Originals price on enlargement page

Click on a thumbnail below to see a set of cards that I created for the Collectible Card Game Middle Earth: The Wizards
by Iron Crown Enterrises, under license from Tolkien Enterprises.
 Tolkien The Arkenstone
 Tolkien The Hobbit House Bag End
 The Arkensone

 Bag End

 Lost At Sea

 Tolkien The Pale Sword
 Gandolf ponders the riddle to the gates of moria
 The sword Sting flames
 The Pale Sword

 Secret Entrance


 Lord of the Rings The Star Glass
 Tolkien's Caves of Ulund
 The Star Glass

 Lost In The Wilderness

 The Caves Of Ulund

 Plague Of Wights
In addition to the illustrations that were used, there were three others that Iron Crown
commissioned but never used.

 The Ents of Fangorn
 Gandolf's River Horses Illusion
 The Ents Of Fangorn
 Volcanic Lands

 Gandolf's River Horses Illusion
     I've always been a huge Tolkien fan, ever since reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings back in the mid-1970's. Tolkien really set the tone for the modern Fantasy genre, despite great influences of C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Robert Howard and H.P. Lovecraft to the way we envision fantasy. Their works were influenced by those who came before them, but all of it started as the ancient folk tale. Each built upon and expanded the previous until the modern novel was able to depart from our world and create entirely new worlds. Tolkien was the absolute master of this. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will always be one of my favorite stories, and it was a pure joy to work on these illustrations. It is a shame that the company who produced it had such low standards of keeping to canon with the works of the master, actually prefering things that were unlike their descriptions in the original source.
But for those who really love Tolkien's work, I hope you will enjoy these. Many of the originals are not for sale because they are now in a Swiss Tolkien museum. And for that, I am very proud.