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The Brothers Hildebrandt

The Brothers Hildebrandt was a duo of fantasy artists consisting of the twin brothers Greg Hildebrandt (born January 23, 1939) and Tim Hildebrandt (January 23, 1939June 11, 2006).

The brothers have been recognized artists in the world of Tolkien-inspired art. Other art includes the original poster art of Star Wars and over a hundred Marvel Masterpieces, including Swimsuit Specials.

Until Tim's death, the twins painted together, or in shifts, dependent of the time they had for a piece of art. After a struggle with diabetes, Tim passed away on June 11, 2006.

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After seeing a Tolkien calendar with Tim Kirk's art, they responded to a call for artists by Ballantine. Their art was well-liked, and they were commissioned to illustrate the 1976 Ballantine calendar.

More calendars followed: 1977, 1978 - and they sold a record one million calendars. They moved their scope to other large projects, but kept producing Tolkien artwork. In 2001, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt: The Tolkien Years was published by Greg's son, Gregory Jr. Following the release of this collection, Ballantine began to reissue their popular Tolkien Calendars starting in 2002.

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Illustrators of official Tolkien calendars
Pauline Baynes (1973, 1974) · Cor Blok (2011, 2012) · Jemima Catlin (2014) · Inger Edelfeldt (1985) · Mary Fairburn (2015) · Roger Garland (1984, 1987, 1988, 1989) · Michael Hague (1986) · The Brothers Hildebrandt (1976 US, 1977 US, 1978 US) · John Howe (1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2013) · Tove Jansson (2016) · Michael Kaluta (1994) · Tim Kirk (1975) · Alan Lee (1987, 1993, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2018) · Ted Nasmith (1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) · Darrell Sweet (1982) · J.R.R. Tolkien (1973, 1974, 1976 UK, 1977 UK, 1978 UK, 1979, 2005, 2006, 2017)