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Fellowship: Question #10 - Favorite Foreign edition cover?

Fellowship: Question #10 - Favorite Foreign edition cover?

Nov 17

As mentioned previously that this was coming... what's your favorite foreign edition cover for a Tolkien book?
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Nov 17

Trotter wrote:
From a UK perspective, my favourite foreign edition cover is this one


LOL, fair enough. We should give that lion a name. 😉
Nov 17
There are so so many great ones. I really like this Czech cover.

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Nov 17
I suppose I could choose any number of copies that just have alternative covers to UK editions e.g. most modern non-UK copies of The Silmarillion have a different Ted Nasmith cover which sometimes works better. But I do like more design orientated covers like the two H's below; one Czech, one Swedish.

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Nov 17
This German edition is my favourite Hobbit cover.

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Nov 17
I almost chose that German cover... I love those colours.
Nov 17
I saw it at the Greisinger museum and knew it was the one.
Nov 18

Urulöké wrote:
LOL, fair enough. We should give that lion a name. 😉


Anything except Aslan
Nov 18
Without any doubt front cover of The Fellowship of the Ring from artist Igor Kordej (first Croatian edition)

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Nov 18
This German edition is my favourite Hobbit cover.


If you compare the lineaments of Gandalf with the photo you can see similarities: it is Walter Scherf (1920-2010), a German writer and fairytale researcher. He was the translator of The Hobbit. Giving Gandalf his face in the illustrations and the dustwrapper was a Hommage to him.

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Nov 18
El Hobito is pretty cool, though Gandalf is a bit odd.

It almost looks like he's wearing knee high women's boots...

Also, what's up with alien Gollum?

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