Academic journal article Mythlore

In Memoriam: Tom Loback in Mythlore

Academic journal article Mythlore

In Memoriam: Tom Loback in Mythlore

Article excerpt

Tom Loback was a contributor of Tolkien-related articles and artwork to Mythlore and several other magazines in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known for his unique artistic style and his calligraphy in cirth and tengwar, he also created driftwood sculptures along the Hudson River in Manhattan and sculpted miniature fantasy and Civil War figures. He passed away on 5 March 2015.

Articles:

"The Kindreds, Houses, and Population of the Elves during the First Age." Mythlore 14.1 (#51) (1987): 34-38, 56.

A study of the Elves of the First Age, reviewing their social structure (the Great House or Kindred), population, and demographics. Includes detailed charts and estimates of population numbers. (Middle-earth studies.)

"Orc Hosts, Armies and Legions: A Demographic Study." Mythlore 16.4 (#62) (1990): 10, 12-16, 26.

Calculates the likely population of Orcs in Middle-earth at various times based on Tolkien's use of the military terms host, army, and legion. Uses The Silmarillion and several volumes of The History of Middle-earth to "show a developing concept of Orc military organization and, by inference, an idea of Orc demographics. …

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