“The hobbits sat in shadow by the wayside. Before long the elves came down the lane towards the valley. They passed slowly, and the hobbits could see the starlight glimmering on their hair and in their eyes. They bore no lights, yet as they walked a shimmer, like the light of the moon above the rim of the hills before it rises, seemed to fall about their feet.” —  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

We hope you’re all doing wondrously! We just thought we’d share the ultra magical cover of our spring Tolkien-themed issue, which will be shipping in a couple of weeks and arriving to subscribers in March!

We’re pretty sure that Ian Hencher and Victoria Fielder are actual elves, glimmering starlight and all, glowingly captured by Bella Kotak in Tolkien’s city of Oxford, England. Look:

Tolkien Issue Faerie Magazine

Isn’t that dazzling?

(The costumes are by Carri Angel at The Dark Angel Design Co, the silver cape is from Rowans Closet and the crowns are from Freckles Fairy Chest. The ears are from Madhouse FX Studio. Retouching by Bella Kotak Photography and Solstice Retouch.)

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We hope you’ll love this hobbit- and elf-packed issue as much as we do!

Love eternally,
Faerie Magazine

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  1. I am SO frustrated with the cover, and then entire spread with Ian Hencher in it. I simply do NOT find him convincing at ALL as an elvish male. It’s beyond irritating that he is wearing as much make-up as his female counterpart. But MOST OF ALL, *how* did it pass editing, in an issue entirely dedicated to Tolkien, that Ian is quoted as saying “We are portraying Thranduil and his wife – both Lothlorien silvan elves, elegant and shimmering,”???? No. Thranduil is not silvan, he is Sindarin. As is his son Legolas. And perhaps his *long* since deceased wife – though no one knows. They do not rule over silvan elves in Lothlorien, but rather – Mirkwood. Perhaps Ian meant Celeborn and Galadriel of Lothlorien? Also not silvan though, they were Sindarin and Noldor, respectively. I’m SO upset about this ridiculous comment. And I’m really tired of Ian. He wasn’t appealing in issue#39, and I’m surprised he was used again. I am a decade long reader, and I just cannot relay enough my disappointment with this fiasco.

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