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Tolkien 2019 guest announcement – Ted Nasmith

With one year to go until the start of Tolkien 2019, we’re pleased to announce that Ted Nasmith will be one of guests in attendance at the event.

Tolkien 2019 will take place from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th August 2018 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. Directly opposite Birmingham New Street train station, it is easily accessible via public transport, whilst we will have exclusive use of much of the hotel’s facilities.

Renowned Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith will be joining us for the duration of the event. Ted has illustrated The Silmarillion, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth and around a dozen calendars. A snippet from Ted’s bio:

From the early 70s onward Ted pursued art devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien in his spare time, and dreamed of having his paintings published in the annual illustrated Tolkien calendars. Initial indifference from publishers did not deter him, and after several years, when the breakthrough came, he had created dozens of paintings. In the years that followed, he came to recognize Tolkien art as his main vocation, as accolades and fan interest accumulated. His Tolkien calendars appeared frequently through the 90s and 2000s, beginning in earnest in 1990, when his first solo calendar appeared. Architectural work soon was overtaken by his growing reputation as a Tolkien illustrator.

His credits now include several Tolkien book covers, and in the late 90s he was commissioned to illustrate The Silmarillion, a crowning honour. His Tolkien art has been licensed in a number of other applications; games, puzzles, plates, role-playing cards, music recordings and documentaries.

As with this year’s Oxonmoot, we expect demand for Tolkien 2019 to be high. Visit to book your place.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.