Anke Eißmann

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Anke Eißmann
Born Anke Katrin Eißmann
Dillenburg, Germany
Nationality German
Education Bauhaus University
Colchester Institute
Known for graphic design, illustration

Anke Katrin Eißmann (born 1977 in Dillenburg) is a German illustrator and graphic designer known for her illustrations of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. She studied visual communication at Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the Colchester Institute in the United Kingdom. Eißmann has also made a number of short films. She is an art teacher at the Johanneum high school in Herborn.


Eißmann's early inspiration was drawn from works by J. R. R. Tolkien, such as The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. In a 2009 interview she stated that her first encounter with Tolkien's theme was watching Ralph Bakshi's animated film version of Lord of the Rings in 1991. This inspired her to read the novel and initially made her draw illustrations.[1] While studying in Weimar, she began to publish her illustrations on the internet, which gave her feedback by such artists as Ted Nasmith. As stated on her homepage, Eißmann was also influenced by: "the Pre-Raphaelites, book-illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmond Dulac, Ivan Bilibin and Alan Lee, Art Nouveau, artists like Edward Hopper and Jan Vermeer".[2]

Apart from Tolkien themes, a lot of Eißmann's work is focused on mythological and historical themes.[1] Other inspirations include the BBC television series Sherlock.[3]


Books and other writings illustrated by Anke Eißmann include:

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  1. ^ a b Gand, André (21 November 2009). "Interview with Anke Eißmann". tolkien-bü 
  2. ^ Eißmann, Anke. "Illustration". 
  3. ^ Robb, Brian J.; Simpson, Paul (2013). Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage and Beyond. Race Point Publishing. p. 213. ISBN 978-1937994273. 
  4. ^ Literature by and about Anke Eißmann in the German National Library catalogue
  5. ^ Illustration, Throne of Jade Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. Subterranean Press

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