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A modern epic,
This review is from: Tolkien Jrr Illustrated Lord of Rings HB (Hardcover)
Futile to resist it, Tolkien`s mid-century epic of Middle Earth is now a deserved classic.
This 1971 hardcover edition is well worth seeking out, since it is adorned and illuminated no end by the sensitive, miraculously apt illustrations of the great Alan Lee. His unsentimentalised watercolours capture the mood of this modern mythical drama, in all its domestic, pastoral and monstrous moods.
There are several appendices courtesy of Tolkien himself, mostly relating at massive length the history of Middle Earth, which amounts to a comprenensive personal mythology, taking its inspiration and cue from the Norse myths so dear to his heart. There are maps too, and family trees - everything, in fact, that any lover of LOTR will drool over. For such people, this is THE edition to have, preferably in hardcover if you want something rather special to have and hold all your life.
In good condition, this bulky yet well-bound volume is something to behold, a lot to look at, and a treat to read.