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The Lord of the Rings, Alan Lee illustrated May 2020

Dec 15, 2019
2019/12/15 21:54:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Just spotted 3 volumes on Amazon Uk for pre-sale, illustrated by Alan Lee.

The Fellowship of the Ring at 464 pages and 19 illustrations.

The Two Towers at 400 pages and 16 illustrations.

The Return of the King at 496 pages and 15 illustrations.

I assume they will be the 50 illustrations included in the Houghton Mifflin edition but the page count seems high at 1360 for the 3 volumes.
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Feb 6
2020/2/6 22:23:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Interesting typeface (and one that I'm not sure feels especially suitable). Presumably to differentiate the Amazon Middle-earth from the Jackson Middle-earth.
Feb 6
2020/2/6 22:27:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:
Interesting typeface (and one that I'm not sure feels especially suitable). Presumably to differentiate the Amazon Middle-earth from the Jackson Middle-earth.

Good call Stu. It may well be a shift to fit in with Amazon.
Feb 7
2020/2/7 2:13:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That's what I'm thinking - curious what the new Unfinished Tales will be like. Also, these remind me of the 'National Geographic' covers that the UK Ice and Fire paperbacks got, of landscapes and cities.
Feb 15
2020/2/15 20:07:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Amazon has uploaded cover art! Only item missing artwork is The Hobbit + The Lord of the Rings boxed set.

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Feb 15
2020/2/15 21:24:17 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for posting - they all look nice enough. Have a clean look that some of the publications lacked in the Jackson years.
Feb 15
2020/2/15 21:28:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not entirely true (well there may have been more bad than good ones) though the 2002 covers are pretty nice. Those editions came out 'during' PJ's trilogy. (these editions: https://i.redd.it/pmxjr26v0c911.jpg)
Feb 15 (edited)
2020/2/15 21:52:24 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
Not entirely true (well there may have been more bad than good ones) though the 2002 covers are pretty nice. Those editions came out 'during' PJ's trilogy. (these editions: https://i.redd.it/pmxjr26v0c911.jpg)

That's why I said "some"! (Edit: I like those covers, though I do think the faux-bevelled text does look dated on those now and has more than a hint of PJ)
Feb 15
2020/2/15 22:11:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Perhaps - because of when they came out, and what the images used for the covers, and the font, it's highly likely that HarperCollins & Houghton Mifflin were looking to attract filmgoers who haven't read Tolkien to pick those up.

Also worthy of note: it looks like (as of now, could still be too early) that the hardbacks are 'standard' sized and not 'oversized' like the 2002 editions are.Looks similar to the 3-volume illustrated hardbacks from '92, which also bore those same covers (I wish they'd used Lee's Smaug, but the one of Bilbo is still nice)
Feb 15
2020/2/15 22:53:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
Perhaps - because of when they came out, and what the images used for the covers, and the font, it's highly likely that HarperCollins & Houghton Mifflin were looking to attract filmgoers who haven't read Tolkien to pick those up.

Also worthy of note: it looks like (as of now, could still be too early) that the hardbacks are 'standard' sized and not 'oversized' like the 2002 editions are.Looks similar to the 3-volume illustrated hardbacks from '92, which also bore those same covers (I wish they'd used Lee's Smaug, but the one of Bilbo is still nice)

I'm very sure they were trying to attract the filmgoers (as you would expect) - I have no doubt that the font choice was not an accidental similarity. The difference in book size is important, I think - I just don't find myself picking up the oversize copies to read, ever. The 92s are much nicer than the 02s in this regard, but good old octavo would be better again, IMHO (and I'd possibly buy this set if ended up that size).
Feb 16
2020/2/16 0:20:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Only thing I wish to address with the size factor: it'd be nice if they also (re) did The Silmarillion illustrated by Ted Nasmith so it'd match in size. And, I have it, but getting The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, illustrated by Ted Nasmith, back in print again would be good.

One thing that I look from older/first editions for The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, is on the page opposite the title page, it lists the 'parts' - much like The Silmarillion still does.
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