Highlights from the 40th anniversary illustrated edition of Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

As you may or may not know, my research is focused on illustrated editions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth texts in English. It means a corpus of around 18 volumes with interior illustrations. So far, only one had been illustrated by a duo of artists: the Folio Society 1977 The Lord of the Rings, illustrated by Ingahild Grathmer and Eric Fraser (see my talk on the topic in the upcoming proceedings of Tolkien2019).

In 2020, HarperCollins celebrated the 40th anniversary of the publication of Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth with a new, illustrated edition. To make it even more special, they commissioned not only Alan Lee, who had worked on the Three Great Tales, but also Ted Nasmith (who illustrated the 1998 and 2004 Silmarillion, a new edition of which is announced for 2021) and John Howe (who has created numerous covers and calendars, as well as a pop-up Hobbit).

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An introduction to the 2020 illustrated edition of Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth

40 years ago Christopher Tolkien published Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, a collection of fragments of various lengths concerning topics of interest for in-depth readers of The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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Highlights from Ted Nasmith’s illustrated Silmarillion

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During Nanowrimo last November, one of my goals was to re-read The Silmarillion in Ted Nasmith’s illustrated edition and study the pictures as I went, so that the text would be fresh in my mind and I wouldn’t let an important detail slip unnoticed. Here you will find some of my thoughts and notes looking at the way Nasmith reads Tolkien and blends all the complexity of the tale into his illustrations. Continuer la lecture de Highlights from Ted Nasmith’s illustrated Silmarillion

An introduction to Ted Nasmith’s illustrated Silmarillion

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The end of October was devoted to a close reading of the Silmarillion illustrated by Ted Nasmith. I only had a dim memory of the book, having read it years ago in its French translation, in a couple of days, absorbing every new name as quickly as I forgot them. I remember feeling enthralled and enthusiast, discovering for the first time the Ainulindalë, the tale of Túrin Turambar of the downfall of Númenor between the pages of the yellowed Christian Bourgois edition adorned on the cover with the emblem of Lúthien Tinúviel.

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