The Queen Of Denmark Once Drew Lord Of The Rings Illustrations For Tolkien Himself

Margrethe II of Denmark or Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid is the queen of Denmark, she happens to also be the supreme authority of the Church of Denmark and also so it seems a massive Lord Of The Rings fan.

telegraph.co.uk

When she ascended to the throne she became the first female monarch since Margrethe I whose reign ended in 1412. Currently, she has been on the throne for 46 years, meaning she is the second longest reigning Danish monarch and will most likely in her lifetime become the first. Her main task is the provide a unified image of Denmark to the rest of the world and also be a representation of the kingdom abroad. For example, you will find her opening exhibitions or inaugurating bridges.

Though every once in a while she may take a break out of her busy schedule and look into some of her hobbies. Notably, it seems Margrethe is a massive Lord Of The Rings fan! In the early 1970s, she was so inspired by the stories that she illustrated the novel. And her drawings were sent to Tolkien who loved them. He noted that her style was so similar to his own illustrations.

In 1977, for the Danish translation of the book, the queen’s art was published in the book. It has one illustration in every chapter though they were redrawn by a British artist called Eric Fraser. Her graphics were also used in a British edition of the Lord of the Rings when it was published later on by The Folio Society.

There is actually a funny anecdote from these events also as when the artist presented his version of her drawings to the Queen to be approved, one of them was done upside down. The artist had made an error! Apparently, his face went bright red when she asked why this had been done

“I have never been so embarrassed, my face turned all red. Imagine, I just couldn’t see what was up and down on her drawing!”

Luckily the Queen was happy to allow her drawings to be used, though they were published under a pseudonym artist name of Ingahild Grathmer.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Every Panda In The World Is Owned By China

    No matter where the panda is or in what realm of the world he is wandering, one thing they all have in common is they are actually all owned by the Chinese government. And they make quite a hefty sum of money from leasing them out every year. The panda...

    Read More
  • Switzerland Has Accidentally Invaded Liechtenstein Three Times

    You may not have heard of the small country of Lichtenstein, a tiny country in central Europe which is landlocked by Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a microstate, and still has a constitutional monarchy with the Prince of Liechtenstein at the top. But that didn’t stop Switzerland accidentally invading...

    Read More
  • Prehistoric Frogs Show Us Life From 99 Million Years Ago

    Scientist and archeologists together have been able to shine a light into a lost world, finding frogs trapped in a sticky amber resin from over 99 million years ago. These frogs have been preserved in the resin and have most likely been there since the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. [caption id="attachment_4700" align="aligncenter"...

    Read More
  • Walking Through A Door Can Cause A Loss In Memory

    It has happened to all of us, we think we know what we are looking for and suddenly you do not. As you enter the next room, you are left wondering why on earth did you walk through the door? You run upstairs to grab your phone before going out, and then when you get...

    Read More
  • When One Team Was Defending Both Nets

    When it comes to strange football matches there have been many, some point to the 31 goals Australia put passed American Samoa or the infamous AS Adema 149-0 win over SO l’Emyrne. But actually, the strangest match of football was between Barbados and Grenada during the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup. ...

    Read More
  • Ball Lightning The Mysterious Glowing Phenomenon

    For years ball lightning has stumped scientists and caused panic all around the world. Many times it has been mistaken for UFOs and caused confusion, even causing damage to homes. And for many centuries it was a mystery, it made no sense when confronted with the norms of science. Was it something supernatural? [caption id="attachment_4691"...

    Read More
  • The Infamous Uranium Thief

    Whenever people debate about nuclear power plants, one thing comes up as a heated subject: nuclear materials are dangerous and having them in the area could mean they fall into the wrong hands. Well, that is exactly what happened in a power plant in North Carolina during the 70s, when two whole drums of enriched...

    Read More
  • Marine Snails Have The Strongest Teeth In The World

    When it comes to strong natural materials, you may think of diamonds or gold. Maybe if you are a scientist then you may think of the amazing spider silk from their webs, but you would all still be wrong. In fact, the answer may come as a big surprise: marine snail teeth are the strongest...

    Read More