About ten years ago I saw a poster I wanted. A man was walking out of a frame shop with this poster framed, and it was one of those chance encounters that just make you go, “Wow.” The poster was cool looking, it had a nice composition, and I wanted it. Only I wasn’t sure where to get it, and the man hurried off before I could get the chance to ask.
It was a Lord of the Rings poster.
I’m not sure why, but a few days ago I decided I’d look on eBay. Could I find this poster? It was surprisingly easy. “Gandalf poster,” I typed in, expecting hundreds, if not thousands, of hits. Instead, only about thirty came up. And in very short order, I’d found the poster available from several different vendors in several different sizes.
I went for a 24 inch by 36 inch version.
The indicia at the bottom of the poster indicates the illustration of Gandalf and Frodo was done by Jim Cauty. A Google search turned up this information:
Jim Cauty painted a Lord Of The Rings poster when he was seventeen in the early seventies. It’s rather well-done in a stylistic, gothic-y-looking way. “It’s quite funny actually – the border is made up of Orcs climbing on top of each other up the sides, and crawling along the top and bottom. For the Tolkienesque out there, it features Gandalf with the Red Ring shining and Glamdring to hip, with Samwise and Frodo hobbits, and also three portraits of Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf and Gollum the gollum.” When Pete Robinson asked Cauty about it, he mentioned that ‘it was mainly student nurses who bought it’.
According to Wikipedia Cauty was a member of the bands KLF and The Orb. I’ve heard of neither, unfortunately.
I’m getting off on a tangent here.
The poster arrived today, and sometime this weekend I’ll go out and get a frame for it. I’m not quite sure where I’m going to hang it yet. It doesn’t really matter where I hang it, though; all that matters is that I will.