The Art of the Lord of the Rings (60th Anniv Slipcase)

July 28, 2019 - Comment

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, a sumptuous full-colour art book containing the complete collection of almost 200 sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. As he wrote The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R., Tolkien’s mental pictures often found expression in drawing, from rough sketches made

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, a sumptuous full-colour art book containing the complete collection of almost 200 sketches, drawings, paintings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien. As he wrote The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R., Tolkien’s mental pictures often found expression in drawing, from rough sketches made within the manuscript to more finished illustrations. Only a few of these were meant for publication; most were aids to help Tolkien conceive his complex story and keep it consistent. Many do not illustrate the final text, but represent moments of creation, illuminating Tolkien’s process of writing and design., In addition to pictorial sketches, numerous maps follow the development of the Shire and the larger landscape of Middle-earth, while inscriptions in runes and Elvish script, and `facsimile’ leaves from the burned and blood-stained Book of Mazarbul, support Tolkien’s pose as an `editor’ or `translator’ of ancient records. The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien collects these drawings, inscriptions, maps, and plans in one deluxe volume., More than 180 images are included, all of them printed in colour from high-quality scans and photographs, more than half not previously published. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, two of the world’s leading Tolkien scholars, have edited the book and provide an expert introduction and comments., Readers who have enjoyed The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, with which the new book is uniform, will find much of interest also in The Art of The Lord of the Rings.

Comments

Anonymous says:

An illustrated account of the development and mapping of Middle Earth for Tolkien collectors and fans I have to say that compared to the Art of the Hobbit (also by Hammond & Scull), this book offers little more in pictures, than what was already published in Hammond & Scull’s earlier book (1995): J.R.R. Tolkien Artist& Illustrator. What is perhaps more, is the detailed descrition of the development of Middle Earth’s map and features with lots of drafts and scetches from Tolkien’s original notes. These have not been published in the earlier book. As I am a collector of Tolkien’s books and books…

Anonymous says:

Less art and more generic calligraphy cover mockups Kind of misleading I was looking for more art but all that is on offer here are book cover mockups which consist of little more than maps and generic text and notes. Interesting for Tolkien enthusiasts but not so much for those seeking art in pictures. I will probably gift this to someone at some point. On the up side the presentation is good with an attractive slipcase would look great next to the rest of a collection.

Anonymous says:

amazing book the drawings are very interesting and to see the handwritten notes by Tolkien itself is very engaging. The cover and the box are rigid and high quality, and the printing is just right.Very nice purchase.

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