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The Lord of the Rings Poster Collection: Six Paintings by Alan Lee (No. 1) Paperback – September 1, 1999


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In his classic tales The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien created a richly detailed fantasy world that captured the imaginations of millions of readers. These collections of postcard books and posters, which feature the paintings of top fantasy artists, celebrate Tolkien¹s enduring works and his unrivalled powers of invention. Tolkien¹s trilogy will soon be brought to the screen, with the first in a series of films to be released in December 2001.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 6 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK; Pstr edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261103881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261103887
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 12.2 x 18.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,390,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karina on January 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having never owned any of Alan Lee's LOTR artwork before, I bought this collection on the advice I had found in many places online. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.
It is true what is said about Lee's visual mastery of Tolkien's words. The images are often much like what I pictured from the books . . . even Gollum.
My only issue was with the scenes chosen to be depicted in the collection. Three of the six are from Mordor (Gates of Mordor, Gorbag & Shagrat, and from the foot of Mount Doom), the artwork of which is not at all bad, but it is repetitive, when there is so much more. I'm most anticipatory to find Lee's depiction of the Ents somewhere. ^_^
The paper quality is good & thick, and the posters come in a glossy protective folder with information on the artist, text bits that were the basis for the paintings, etc.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris from California on September 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This collection features six works of Alan Lee who, along with John Howe, was one of the principle conceptual artists for Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings".

The six works featured in this collection are:

1. The Stone Trolls

2. The West Gate of Moria

3. The Battle of the Hornburg

4. The Black Gate

5. Gorbag and Shagrat

6. Mount Doom

The six works are large, stand alone posters on heavy stock contained within an attractive folder featuring The West Gate of Moria 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the world of Tolkien artwork, two artists sit at the top of the heap: Alan Lee and John Howe. These two artists have devoted a lot of ink to sketching scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien's masterworks, and in the "Lord of the Rings Poster Collection," we get to see some of Lee's best work.

"The Stone Trolls" shows the three trolls that Gandalf turned to stone in "The Hobbit." Now they're mossy and immobile, as the hobbits and Strider walk by. "The West Gate of Moria" is an exquisite play of light and shadow, showing the Fellowship looking up at the glowing doorway. And the best poster of all is "Battle of the Hornberg," a grimly detailed picture of the orcs flooding through the smashed fortress wall.

On the Mordor front, we get three different posters. "The Black Gate" is a panoramic look at the hobbits and Gollum lurking on a stone outcropping, and watching as troops pass through the spiky Black Gate. "Gorbag and Shagrat" shows a pair of creepy orcs in full armor, waiting against a stained stone wall, apparently in conversation. And "Mount Doom" is a bleak slope of barren rocks, but with a light shining somewhere behind the mountain.

Perhaps the only flaw of this collection is that three of the pictures are from "Return of the King," and only from Mordor. Don't expect any coronations or Grey Ships in this. A little more variation would have been nice, but 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.
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By Morning Glory on February 13, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Husband loved it. That is all.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Serwinski on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
Tolkien�s �The Lord of the Rings� is the first fantasy � science fiction book I have ever read. It is hands down the best. No one writes with such prose and detail as Tolkien does. Granted, it does not have as much magical pyrotechnics as other fantasy books out there, but it makes up for that in a well-structured plot and the resourcefulness of the characters involved. The magic that does happen in the book is spectacular and well worth the wait. Tolkien�s battle scenes are excellent. He unfolds the story as it happens. There are no chapters that begin with �Ten years later�� rather the story progresses in real-time. No wonder many people think that this work is the greatest of the 20th century.
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