ByAllanah Faherty, writer at
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Allanah Faherty

Despite the last of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies being released over 10 years ago, they will certainly live on in the hearts and minds of fans for decades to come. Lovingly created and crafted, from the scripts, the cast and the crew, no money or detail was spared in having J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth being brought to life, including having their very own calligrapher on hand!

When Daniel Reeve heard that Peter Jackson was turning his favorite book into a movie he sent him a sample of his Elvish calligraphy. Jackson was obviously so taken with his work that he was hired immediately. All of the books, signs and images in the beautiful script we are so accustomed to seeing associated with Middle-earth was created by this talented freelance artist.

After getting into lettering and maps when he was a child (including making many treasure maps, naturally!), he bought a calligraphy pen and copied Tolkien's beautiful Elvish script and Runes. Originally it was only a hobby, but after the Lord of the Rings Art Department got ahold of him he soon turned it into a paying job, and quit his 9-5 at a bank.

After seeing his work appear in LoTR, Reeve has gone on to work in the Art Department for films such as Tinrin, King Kong, Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spartacus and of course The Hobbit trilogy.

Take a look at some of Daniel's other works and see if you recognize them:

From The Green Dragon pub at the Hobbiton film set in Matamata, New Zealand:

Writing on camera for the actual Peter Jackson films:

Scroll and map from Tintin:

From Tintin
From Tintin

Map of Middle-earth:

Warrant for arrest from The Chronicles of Narnia:

From The Chronicles of Narnia
From The Chronicles of Narnia

For a look at more of Daniel Reeve's work take a look at his website over here or his Facebook over here.

Source: Imgur, Daniel Reeve, 100% Pure New Zealand


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