The Lord of the Rings Hardback
Illustrated by Alan Lee
A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien's classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured.
Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.
Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.
With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers.
Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee's paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien's great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans. This new edition includes all 50 of Alan Lee's beautiful watercolour paintings that have been newly scanned by the artist himself, together with his stunning frontispiece painting that appears in full, for the very first time, as a three-page foldout sheet.
The text has been reset using the definitive 50th anniversary text and is printed on high-quality paper, and this is accompanied by Tolkien's own maps, which are printed in red & black as endpapers.
The unjacketed book features illustrated boards and includes a silk ribbon marker, and is housed in a special transparent slipcase; together with Alan's beautiful paintings, this new presentation of this landmark work provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first publication.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 1244 pages, 50 col plates, With index
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 19/06/2014
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007525546
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Review by DarthDeverell
This edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> presents all three volumes of that legendary work in a single edition with illustrations by Alan Lee.Tolkien's work stands on its own as a masterpiece of epic fantasy, unparalleled even to this day, so I need not write what others have written before, though new readers will undoubtedly enjoy the ease with which they may flip between the appendices and the story in this edition. Lee's illustrations capture the scope and grandeur of Tolkien's words and nearly every chapter includes its own illustration. It's no wonder that Lee served as a concept artist during the making of Peter Jackson's <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> and <i>The Hobbit</i> trilogies.As to construction, the spine is reinforced to bear the weight and the pages are printed on glossy white paper for ease of reading and longevity. This same paper allows the illustrations to stand out even in dim light.Those looking to read <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> for the first time will find this a welcoming volume while long-time fans will surely love adding such a gorgeous edition of this beloved work to their book collections.