Saturday, January 15, 2011

Visions of Middle-earth

For millions of Tolkien fans, THESE images come to mind when they recall their dog eared paperbacks. Barbara Remington created the cover illustrations for the Ballantine Books paperbacks of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She made the panoramic painting before she had read any of the books, and supposedly Tolkien detested her design. Even if it is too colorful and exuberant a match for the text, her landscape is exotic and avoids cuteness.

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