The Lord of the Rings: a luxury Limited Edition illustrated by Academy Award winner Alan Lee

Date: 26 Apr 2022

Silvia Ricciardi

The Folio Society has published a Limited Edition of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings with exclusive artwork and introduction by Academy Award winner Alan Lee.

The Folio Society has published another spectacular Limited Edition: a three-volume The Lord of the Rings set with illustrations by Academy Award winner Alan Lee, the art director behind Peter Jackson’s film series.  

This exquisite three-volume set of one of the most celebrated stories of all times is presented in a silver-blocked slipcase (lined with a hidden illustration) with a new art print exclusive to this edition and a pair of maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien, printed together and presented in a cloth-covered case. Each volume is quarter-bound in burgundy calfskin leather blocked in silver, with an illustrated inset label, silver page tops and a burgundy satin ribbon marker. The text, printed in black and burgundy, is the most up to date and academically rigorous available, and is accompanied by a new preface written exclusively for this edition by the artist.

Peter Jackson’s film adaptations introduced this epic story to an even wider audience and consequently Alan Lee won the 2004 Academy Award for his Art Direction of the cinematic masterpieces. All of Lee’s illustrations have been reproduced to the artist’s exacting standards, in a scale and quality never seen before, and have been augmented by entirely new images, roundels and borders.

Strictly limited to 1,000 sets, this special edition has been tipped in by hand, numbered and signed by Alan Lee. 

The majestic scale of the landscapes and the atmosphere Lee captures on the page – all in exquisite watercolour and pencil – make him the only choice to illustrate this ultimate edition of The Lord of the Rings.

About The Folio Society

The Folio Society limited editions are outstanding volumes of literary or historical significance reproduced as works of art in their own right. We commission leading artists and craftspeople to create editions that represent the pinnacle of book publishing.  In 2022, The Folio Society will be celebrating 75 years in publishing.

About Alan Lee

Alan Lee was born in London, England, in 1947. He attended the Ealing School of Art to study graphic design, concentrating on the depiction of Celtic and Norse myths. Lee is one of the most celebrated living illustrators of myth and fantasy: a recipient of the Kate Greenaway Medal and an Academy Award for Art Direction for Peter Jackson’s films of The Lord of the Rings.

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