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Plan Ahead With These Tolkien-inspired Calendars!

It’s that time of year again! That time when it’s almost…not this year (again)! We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for cool Tolkien and Middle-earth themed calendars, and these are our top picks!

And I don’t know about you, but when I pick up a calendar, I always look for my birth month to see what the picture is! Since my birthday is in October (the same month as Halloween), I’ve ended up with a fair number of orcs, and Balrogs, and things that just aren’t very nice. When possible, I’ll do the homework for you and let you know what you can expect for your birth month!

This is the second of Jef Murray’s Middle-earth themed fantasy calendars. Within, you’ll find full colour painting images from his Tolkien-inspired galleries of scenes inspired by Middle-earth.

This calendar marks moon phases, solstices and equinoxes, international holidays, plus includes visual cues for over 18 dates of specific interest to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It also includes a 17 inch tall centerfold print of Mirkwood.

All calendars are signed by the artist. Please include a note with your order if you’d like your calendar to be personalized (e.g., “To Arwen”).

Size: 8.5″ x 11″

Monthly Images

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The highly anticipated film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is commemorated beautifully in this collectible wall calendar. Full-color images and custom grids will keep you counting down days until the movie’s December 2012 release (or the December 2013 release of the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).

Size: 12″ x 11″

Monthly Images: January – Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), February – Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), March – Fili and Kili (Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner)

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The official Tolkien calendar, containing new and classic artwork for The Hobbit by Oscar-winning artists Alan Lee and John Howe. The Official Tolkien Calendar 2013 features 14 paintings by the acclaimed artists Alan Lee and John Howe, the two artists whose work has defined the look of Middle-earth over the last 25 years. This is their first-ever collaboration since the official Tolkien Calendar began publishing 40 years ago.

Each month depicts one of the story’s most famous scenes, including Bilbo outside Bag End, Smaug the Dragon, the Great Goblin, and Bilbo’s Front Hall. As well as classic illustrations from both artists’ celebrated portfolios, the 2013 calendar includes brand new paintings, created by John Howe and Alan Lee exclusively for this calendar. The official Tolkien calendar has become an established publishing event, eagerly anticipated by Tolkien fans the world over.

Size: 11.7″ x 11.7″

Monthly Images: January (Howe) – Gandalf Returns to Hobbiton, February (Lee) – Mr. Bilbo Baggins, March (Howe) – Bilbo’s Front Hall, April (Lee) – Dwarves’ Arrival, May (Howe) – An Unexpected Party, June (Lee) – Elvish Singing, July (Howe) – The Great Goblin, August (Lee) – Riddles in the Dark, September (Howe) – Eagles’ Eyrie, October (Lee) – Out of the Frying-pan Into the Fire

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The German website Elbenwald* offers this unique 2013 calendar for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Each month features one large and two or three smaller images from the movie. It also contains a large poster that shows Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and his company of dwarves.

*Some images from the calendar are different to the thumbnail images shown online as a result of the decision to make three films instead of two, thereby changing the ending of film one. (From

Size: 18″ x 12″

Monthly Images: January – Bilbo and Gandalf at Bag End, February – Gandalf and Dwarves in Bag End, March – An Unexpected Party, April – Bilbo and Dwarves in Bag End, May – Bilbo Leaves on Adventures, June – Rivendell, July – Galadriel and White Council, August – Thorin, Bilbo, and Gandalf, September – Gandalf and Dwarves, October – Thorin Oakenshield, November – Dwalin, Goblin, and Fili, December – Radagast the Brown

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Tolkien has captured the attention of many for decades and now you can enjoy it every day of the year with Peter Pracownik’s 2013 calendar. Every month features stunning artwork that will take you across Middle Earth while you follow Bilbo Baggins on his journey.

Peter’s exhaustive knowledge and understanding of mythology and legend brought him to the attention of US Games, who commissioned him to create the best selling Dragon Tarot. The set was so successful that US Games next commissioned Peter to create the images for the Wyvern collectible card game, which has since become one of the most popular fantasy role playing games in the USA and Europe. He has recently finished another commission from US Games to create a tarot deck based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings.

Size: 12″ x 12″

Monthly Images: January – Gandalf and Bilbo, February – Dwarves, March – Bilbo, April – Dwarves

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Shaped like a treasure chest and sporting four calendar scrolls with storyboard sketches, this 2013 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey calendar is dream gift come true for any fan. Each scroll unrolls to 12 x 24 inches and features three months of the year on one side and a poster on the other.

Size: Packaged item – 12.5″ x 12″, Each Scroll – 12″ x 24″

Monthly Images: January, February, March – Gandalf, Bilbo, Bilbo and Dwarves

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Bring Bilbo’s journey across Middle Earth to life with The Hobbit 2013 A6 diary. This diary features a week-to-view planner to record all your engagements and plenty of space to write your own notes. Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin all make an appearance in this handy diary. With Tolkien’s classic set for film release in December 2012, this one diary is set to rule them all.

Size: 5″ x 6″

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With some many calendars to choose from, do you think you can manage to pick only one as a favorite? Have you already purchased one of these? Tell us what you think!

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  1. Have ordered my Howe/Lee one.

  2. Hello – There are also calendars from various Tolkien societies: Italian and Spanish TS, Tolkiendil, Desolation of Smaug (associated with Middle-earth Fellowship in California), and one from Detlef Ott (Germany.) You can find more information on my website! Phil