Lord of the Rings, paperback cover study art (1965)

Some people don't like Barbara Remington's cover illustrations for J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. I'm not one of those people. Her study is estimated at $20,000 - $30,000 at Heritage's upcoming auction.

This landmark illustration was used for a trio of Ballantine Book covers for J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. The covers were designed so that laid side-by-side they create a panoramic scene. This 1965 edition was the first authorized U. S. paperback edition, and the books were issued in a slipcase, which also featured the same artwork as a wrap-around image. A hugely popular poster titled "Wilderness" has also been produced using this iconic image.

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  1. And parodied so well by the Harvard Lampoon.

  2. Last year I found, in a Goodwill store, that poster mounted a piece of Masonite. 3' x 6'? 4 x 8'? In any case it seemed HUGE. Like, dominate an entire wall in my living room big.

    They were asking $25, and I was sorely tempted. Enough that I went back specially to stare at it and wrangle over whether to buy it.

    I found scratches when I returned, and noticed the backing board was warped. That, and questions as to where I'd hang it and how I'd mount it, convinced me not to bother.

    It was gone by the next time I visited that Goodwill. I hope it found a good home!

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