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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 20
2020/2/20 18:02:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
They need to get Alan Lee to illustrate the Silmarillion. Period!
Feb 20
2020/2/20 19:58:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nah, Ted Nasmith is personally my fave Tolkien artist. As much as I love Alan Lee's artwork, I find it to be slightly oversaturated lately.

During one of his live videos in the past where he was sketching and answering questions via facebook, the guy from HarperCollins asked a question: "Would Alan like to do The Silmarillion?" To which re replied something along the lines of: with The Three Great Tales, he sort of already has illustrated it."

Again nothing against Alan, though Ted is my fav, just between Beren and Luthien, The Fall of Gondolin and The Hobbit Sketchbook, it's been quite a bit recently.
Feb 23
2020/2/23 17:13:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
As requested, here is my blog post about all the info, cover art, etc, as well as my speculations about a few finer details.

http://insurrbution.blogspot.com/2020/02/updated-info-on-forthcoming-hobbit-lord.html
Feb 23
2020/2/23 18:04:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for sharing (and good writeup!) insurrbution
May 11
2020/5/11 5:53:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here are some pictures from HarperCollin's of the new books, posted on Twitter. https://twitter.com/hstamp4/status/1259549532012109825

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10_5eb8e835e6258.jpg 2048X1536 px
May 11
2020/5/11 6:24:55 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hold on... that books have different heights!?
May 11
2020/5/11 6:28:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
They are not level and the smaller ones are farther away. Gives me an opportunity to show one of my favourite clips from Father Ted, a great clip

May 11
2020/5/11 6:31:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
And I have nothing against Ted Nasmith, but I find his art a bit too literal. Alan Lee’s work leaves room for imagination (for me anyway).

Also, Alan Lee (for me) evokes mood and environment in a way Ted Nasmith just does not.

But that’s art - in the eye of the beholder and all that.
May 11
2020/5/11 6:37:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Haha! Oh thank goodness! I was almost writhing on the inside.
May 11
2020/5/11 13:44:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Many thanks for posting those photos!! Three things I am curious about :

a) does The Fellowship of the Ring have the frontispiece as a 3-page, fold-out sheet, the way the 60th anniversary illustrated Lord of the Rings did?

b) is it printed entirely on the same paper type, or does it 'mix' (reg for text and pencil sketches, photo paper for the colour plates) like how the Great Tales do?

c) does it feature any fold-out maps, ala The Children of Hurin or The Fall of Gondolin?
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