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The books of Tolkien visually dissected

Visual experiments for the Tolkien fan inside all of us

October 10, 2012

It’s possible that many of you are anxious to see how ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will be, compared to The Lord of The Rings movie trilogy. But we’re not here to talk about the J.R.R. Tolkien‘s adaptation to the big screen. Instead, we leave you with the work made by Soledad Penadés, breaking down the words used in Tolkien’s books.

(image: Soledad Penadés)


The starting point of this visual exploration was a review of ‘The Silmarillion‘, stating that the book was too hard to read because of the incidence of the word ‘and’. Comparing it with Tolkien’s other two books, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, she produced several visualizations trying to find if that assumption was correct.

On her site 5013, Soledad gives a thorough explanation about the different visualizations created with  Processing , Eclipse  and  ffmpeg, this one for the videos.

Here’s one of those videos, showing the words relationships:

If you’re a Tolkien fan, this is definitively a must-see.


Links: 5013 – Visualizing Tolkien

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.