- Poster: 6 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Pstr edition (16 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007149107
- ISBN-13: 978-0007149100
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 0.3 x 45 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
"The Lord of the Rings" Poster Collection 2 Poster – 16 Sep 2002
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From the Back Cover
The 50 paintings contained within the centenary edition of 'The Lord of the Rings' in 1992 have themselves become classics and Alan Lee’s interpretations are hailed as the most faithful to Tolkien’s own vision.
This new poster collection, a perfect complement to volume one, reproduces six more of the most popular paintings from the book in a format suitable either for hanging as posters or mounting and framing.
About the Author
Alan Lee was born in Middlesex in 1947. His illustrated books include Faeries (with Brian Froud), Castles and Merlin Dreams, and has worked on such prestigious films as Erik the Viking (Terry Gilliam), Legend (Ridley Scott), and the acclaimed NBC miniseries Merlin. He is best known however for his work on the book and film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a stunning and beautiful collection of 6 posters drawn by Alan Lee.
There are 6 prints , one of 2 Orcs with weapons , Isegard with Saruman ( cover ) , Edoras , charge of the Rohinin in the pelenor fields and Moira.
They look very good when framed.
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"The Halls of Moria" is one of the most stirring pieces of artwork -- an enormous dark hall full of pillars and vaulted ceilings, with a beam of light shining over the Fellowship. "Tol Brandir" shows a tangle of leafless branches, mossy rocks and stone steps. And then there's the "Golden Hall," a beautiful landscape crowned by a hill, on top of which is Theoden's home. Lee's painted clouds look as if they are glowing.
"Orthanc" shifts the focus to grimmer subjects -- Saruman's stronghold is immense, menacing, vaguely insectile with its black shiny look. And, of course, it's surrounded by floodwater. "The Siege of Gondor" is tightly packed with grinning, creepy orcs with spears, and a few human warriors, one of whom is dead. And "Two Orcs" has a pair of suitably creepy-looking orcs, not doing much.
Of the two poster collections of Lee's work, the second is obviously superior. We get a range of subjects, from all three books, and it shows the different kinds of artwork that Lee can do. The posters themselves are lovely -- high quality paper, clear reproduction. As for the pictures themselves....
Alan Lee does "still work" the best -- even when his subjects are in motion, they look very quiet and almost dreamlike. There's a lot of detail poured into these, since even small twigs, cracks and stains make their way into his artwork. They also tend to have muted, faded colours, lots of soft greys, browns and greens. Some of them look like sepia photographs.
Looking at these beautiful posters, it's easy to see why Lee was one of the designers for the "Lord of the Rings" movies' exquisite sets. A wonderful collection of fantasy artwork.
The six works featured in this collection are:
1. The Mines of Moria
2. Tol Brandir
3. The Golden Hall
5. The Siege of Gondor
6. Two Orcs in the Land of Shadow
The six works are large, stand alone posters on heavy stock contained within an attractive folder featuring "Orthanc" on the front cover. The prints--the originals were done in watercolor--have a black border with the name of the work and the artist at the bottom in small print.
These prints are an excellent addition to any Tolkien fan's collection.
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