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Cor Blok

When I organised the Hobbits in Holland exhibition in 1992 at the Royal Library in the Hague (the Netherlands) to celebrate the 100th birthday of JRR Tolkien, I wanted to collect all the original art, especially commissioned to appear on Dutch editions of Tolkien's books. I contacted Cor Blok to ask him about the three paintings he did for the first Dutch paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings, which appeared in 1965. He surprised me somewhat by the remark "how many paintings do you want, I have a hundred of them."

In the end, I included 20 paintings in the exhibition and soon visitors started to ask if these were for sale. Although Blok preferred to keep the collection together, he agreed and in a few years time I sold 40 of the paintings. I also brought his work to the attention of HarperCollins. They included some of Blok's work in Realms of Tolkien, a calendar and a postcard book.

Now Cor Blok is back at the Tolkien Shop and asked me to sell the remaining original paintings. When these are gone, there are no more.

What is extra interesting is that Tolkien has seen these paintings and liked them so much, that he bought two of them (and got a third for free). Later on Priscilla Tolkien and other members of the family bought originals as well.

All the paintings are gouaches on silk paper, all in a paper passepartout (as framed by the artist). Blok always wrote the title under the passepartout, with the date of painting and signed them.

With each painting you get facsimile reproductions of the three letters Tolkien wrote to Blok.

In the Posters and more section of the webshop you'll find limited edition prints of Cor Blok's work.

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Cor Blok, The Hobbits Sacking Bilbo's House I

Goache on silk paper. Painted on April 14, 1960. 8x5"/20x13 cm. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 54. Lobelia Sackville-Baggins in the middle, pocketing some spoons. Other hobbits searching through stuff or even breaking into the wall to find treasures.*

Cor Blok, The Hobbits Sacking Bilbo's House II

Gouache on silk paper. Painted on April 15, 1960. 9x5"/22x13 cm. Lobelia in the middle, around her other hobbits searching the house. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 55.

Cor Blok, Frodo Meets Strider

Gouache on silk paper. 5x4"/13x11 cm. Frodo meets Aragorn in the Prancing Pony. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 72.*

Cor Blok, Bill Ferny Hit by an Apple

Gouache on silk paper. 4x4"/10x11 cm."Waste of a good apple, said Sam regretfully, and strode on." Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 75.*

Cor Blok, The Council of Elrond

Gouache on silk paper. 6x4"/15x11 cm. The council in setting, including the evesdropping Sam. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 85.*

Cor Blok, Boromir Demands the Ring

Gouache on silk paper. 5x4"/13x11 cm. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 99.*

Cor Blok, Sam Overtakes Frodo Departing

Gouache on silk paper. 6x4"/15x10 cm. Sam jumps into the Anduin to get to the invisible Frodo in the boat. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 102.*

Cor Blok, Uglúk

Gouache on silk paper. 5x4"/13x10 cm. Uglúk beheads two orcs, while Merry lies bound on the ground. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 103.*

Cor Blok, Sign of the Hand, Isengard

Gouache on silk paper. Painted January 24, 1960. 6x9"/16x22 cm. Suddenly a tall pillar, loomed up before them. It was black; and set upon it was a great stone, carved and painted in the likeness of a long White Hand. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 114.*

Cor Blok, Frodo Caught by Shelob

Gouache on silk paper. Painted in 1959. 8x6"/19x15 cm. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 132.*

Cor Blok, Pippin Between Gandalf and Denethor

Gouache on silk paper. Painted in 1959. 5x7"/13x17 cm. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 134.*

Cor Blok, The King of the Nazgûl

Gouache on paper. Painted on November 3, 1962: the very last painting Blok did in The Lord of the Rings series. 8x6"/19x15 cm. Listed in A Tolkien Tapestry on page 158.*