Today (I know, Sunday, since when do Amazon do their own deliveries, not like I ordered it next-day or anying, just standard free, whatever, with a bunch of other stuff...) I received Michael Scotts Irish Folk and Fairy Tales Volume 2 - long rumoured, suspected, suggested (thanks Robin) and indeed confirmed (thanks Graeme) to be the source material Graeme Davis discussed on usenet in 1998 which he had feed to the the Citadel Design Team, during the early stages of developing the Fimir, back in what must have been 1985 / 86.
|Alan lees Back cover for "Irish Folk-tales" (1983)|
The back cover features this odd cycloptic denizen of the mist-srhouded forest to be clearly what we now consider to be a Fimir. The head perhaps a little more bulbous, the cape slightly more Draculaesque and the armour a little less decorative, but non-the-less, the one-yellow-eyed fellas thick prehensile tail, toothed beaky maw, stooped pose, sinewey arms and the suchlike firmly show traces of the same dna.
Just to put it in context...
Origin of the Fimir part II, where we gaze upon some potential influences on Alan Lee's depiction of the Formorians - mostly focussing on his good friend, one time collaborator and studio mate, Brian Froud, through his work with Jim Henson on the Dark Crystal (1982) encompassing both the Mystics and the Skeksis to designer and illustrator Michael K. Frith. On refelction Lees formorians do look like a more earthly and rational UrSkek, perhaps a 'working out' of what could have been. Friths works include much Muppet character design including the proto-muppet Scred from Land of Gorch / SNL (1975). Frith worked with Dr Seuss early in his career, so who knows, there might be some ur-proto-fimm dna lurking between the Green Eggs and Ham.
...and Origin of the Fimir part I, where Alan Lee revisits Formorians in Castles (1984), and the Games Workshop design team get the brief, in time for WFRP (1986) and 2nd Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles Ravening Hordes (1987).