These are mysterious, nasty creatures from a Hobbit poem by J R R Tolkien. Not much is known about them except that they live beyond the Merlock Mountains and that they have squishy feet, a lust for gold and a taste for human (or hobbit) flesh.
These grim marsh ghols have always had an appearance in my MERP campaigns. They are a lot of fun, and have given my players a few sessions to remember! I wish I had these pics available for their last appearance a couple of years ago.
I love that you've painted some of the ways you imagined Tolkien's characters from his literature. I've always wanted to do this same sort of thing, because I'd love to share my own imagination with people as well. ^_^ Your work is really inspiring to me.
Many thanks for your nice comment, and I'm glad I've managed to inspire! I think Tolkien's works invite to all kinds of interpretations, and all of them are fine. I love Peter Jackson's films, but they're not the definitive version. No version is. It looks like you're mostly into digital art, right? I usually prefer traditional methods, but your images have a lot of life and imagination to them!
Yeah a lot of my work is digital, mainly because of how brainwashed i've been by my school for the past 2 years. I'm training to be a production concept artist/animator, and what I've heard for 2 years straight is that digital is the way to go now. I started getting more into traditional stuff lately, mainly because I think it just has such a more vibrant feeling to it, there is so much life and attitude and character that you can get with actual paint and pastels and paper or canvas.
I've been wanting to develop a painting of Lake Town from the Hobbit lately, (just recently reread it,) hopefully I'll get a nice kick out of making it .
Well, I think it's probably true that if you're into production design and concept illustration you can produce great-looking art very quickly using digital tools. On the other hand, when doing art for books and such, traditional methods give very different results.
Of course you'll get a kick out your Lake Town project. You'll spend a lot of time dreaming, planning and designing. What could be more fun (except, maybe, doing it for the upcoming Hobbit film in New Zeeland)?