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R.I.P., Tim Hildebrandt

Fantasy artist Tim Hildebrandt died yesterday, June 11, 2006, at the age of 67, of complications due to diabetes. He was best known as part of the Brothers Hildebrandt team along with his twin brother Greg; their works included numerous pieces based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth fiction, and the Marvel and Harry Potter universes, as well as the original Star Wars poster.

(Those of you who have received snailmail from me may have noticed that I often use official return address labels with the Hildebrandt Brothers' Lord of the Rings art.)

Visit the Official Brothers Hildebrandt site and see the online art galleries.

Visit Greg Hildebrandt's personal site for a notice of the death and family photos.

In honor of Tim Hildebrandt, the quote of the day is "Bilbo's Last Song" by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.

Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!

- "Bilbo's Last Song," J.R.R. Tolkien



Jun. 13th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is a shame. The Hildebrandt Bros are fathers of the movement. :(
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
You said it! :(