Re: [mythsoc] LOTR covers (was Beach Boys)
- The LOTR paperbacks (Ballantine) with Tolkien's artwork on the cover
succeeded the original garish Barbara Remington ones. They were the
standard printings for much of the 1970s, and are easily recognizable, even
if you don't know Tolkien's art, for looking utterly unlike what usually
passes for genre fantasy paperback cover art these days. For one thing,
they're anything but garish, but are muted scenes in browns and
greens. And except for a couple tiny figures on H and TT, they are purely
landscapes with no people (Tolkien didn't think he could draw people). On
each book, the author and title are on white in the upper panel, with the
H has a great treescape with the barrels floating down the river towards
Laketown; FR has a pastoral scene of Hobbiton and the Hill; TT has a thick
forest (originally intended as the Forest of Neldoreth, I recall, but
relabeled Fangorn by Tolkien at one point), and RK has the lower levels of
Barad-dur with Mount Doom in the distance. These are all also in _Pictures
by J.R.R. Tolkien_, and I think they're also in _Artist & Illustrator_
though I don't have time right now to check.
- David S. Bratman [dbratman@...] wrote:
> OnLater on (mid-80s, I believe), they were packaged slightly diff'tly. The set I
> each book, the author and title are on white in the upper panel, with the
> art below.
have with the artwork is a boxed set. Each volume has a diff't background
color: FOTR is a light blue, TT is a green, and ROTK is a light red. I believe
H was a yellow, but my copy from the set wandered, so I have that ugly Darrel
Sweet (sp?) cover now. Each cover is as David described, except the Tolkien
art does not span the width of the cover: it is instead 'framed' by about a
quarter inch all around of the background color.
BTW, who is the little character on TT supposed to be? Anyone in particular?
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- David Bratman wrote:
>H has a great treescape with the barrels floating down the river towardsThe TT picture was originally, for "The Silmarillion", _Beleg Finds Gwindor
>Laketown; FR has a pastoral scene of Hobbiton and the Hill; TT has a thick
>forest (originally intended as the Forest of Neldoreth, I recall, but
>relabeled Fangorn by Tolkien at one point),
in Taur-nu-Fuin_. Tolkien retitled this _Fangorn Forest_ when it appeared
in the 1974 Allen & Unwin _Tolkien Calendar_ -- hoping, evidently, that the
elves Beleg and Gwindor would be mistaken for hobbits Merry and Pippin. Of
course he had earlier made a black and white version of this, without
figures, as _Mirkwood_ in early printings of _The Hobbit_.
>and RK has the lower levels ofYes, they're in _Artist & Illustrator_. Christina and I made sure to
>Barad-dur with Mount Doom in the distance. These are all also in _Pictures
>by J.R.R. Tolkien_, and I think they're also in _Artist & Illustrator_
>though I don't have time right now to check.
include all of Tolkien's best work.
- Nah, all the pictures of the kids and grandkids are crowded at the front of the shelves. Plus a few unicorns, three shelves in the living room hold video tapes in drawers, some extra books (yep, double stacked)... And on top of the bookcases, my Star Wars and Babylon 5 12" collectable dolls (still in their cases to protect them)! And more books...
> P.S. Sometimes you can hang things over the _front_ of bookshelves, _if_ you have a few shelves of books you don't need to access often.