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Re: New Book Releases
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Ewwwwwww!!! This has to be the most uninspired of all the motifs in the deluxe series.

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Hist ... eluxe-Boxed/dp/0008259844

I am sorely disappointed. They could have easily come up with a nice motif based on Tolkien's many art pieces. How terrible! :(


Just looks like an updated version of the existing trade box but with a bit of added "fluff". Pointless release and considering that the original box is littered with errors I would be won over with a totally revamped and updated version. But alas, I have more than enough HoME volumes.

Posted on: 6/22 9:01:27


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I think Nasmith is certainly a bit more varied. Lee is better at illustrating figures, though. I think the B&L illustrations are hit and miss. Some good ones in there, along with some mediocre efforts. The picture facing 160 is an example where the overall composition is pretty poor (in my purely personal and subjective opinion).

I wonder if the green used on the deluxe was a nod to The Lays of Beleriand (as I guess that supplied the bulk of the material in the new book).


I should be clear that I am not suggesting Alan Lee to be a poor artist, I just think his Tolkien work can be somewhat average, B&L is a mixed bag indeed. Barring the cover and before Appendix I don't like any of the illustrations very much, I do though enjoy the sketches though. I find them far more pleasing.

I skipped the Deluxe as while I don't have too many in the series so far I decided I would rather have some other with the space and money.

Posted on: 6/19 3:00:23


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Stu wrote:
Edit: And can Alan Lee paint in anything other than dark grey....?


I personally find Alan Lee very average, especially his recent effort of B&L, I would have loved more Ted Nasmith, his Silmarillion illustrations are among my favourites, but I guess his name is not as known to the film goers as Alan Lee is.

Posted on: 6/18 3:29:20


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It is all down to personal collecting. It is a pointless release to me because it is just that, pointless for me. I am sure others will enjoy it and treasure the set as an integral part of their collection. With having the hardback, paperback, and 2 x 3 Volume box-sets I just don't feel the need or desire to add that weight to the shelf.

I would love to see a reprint of The History of The Hobbit box before this.

Posted on: 6/9 8:05:39


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I do question the need for this release. I ran out of space for notes in my existing version and bought another identical one, it was still the 2002 print, so it is not as if this set is desperate to be reissued when a 15 year old set is readily available through major retailers.

Posted on: 6/9 4:13:56



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