The Lord of the Rings


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Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Illustrator: Alan Lee


TOLKIEN, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]. The Lord of the Rings. Illustrated by Alan Lee. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 8vo, 1,200pp. Brown cloth stamped in gold. Peach endpapers; 50 color plates and 8 pages of b&w maps. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. With a bookplate signed by the artist, Greenaway Medalist Alan Lee, laid in.

First Alan Lee-illustrated edition, U.S. issue. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birth, the British publisher, Allen & Unwin, with the approval of the Tolkien estate, commissioned Alan Lee to produce 50 paintings of scenes from the Lord of the Rings to be included in this lavish one-volume edition. Lee’s magnificent artwork captures the adventure and magic of this beloved tale. A decade later, Peter Jackson would ask Lee, based on these paintings, to serve as conceptual artist for his films of the trilogy.