The Lord of the Rings will be released with JRR Tolkien art for the first time ever

Anyone with a copy of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy may already be familiar with the author's artistic stylings; many editions carry maps illustrated by the writer as a guide to the fictional land of Middle Earth.

What may surprise readers is that Tolkien more than dabbled in art, and in fact he painted many a picture of the locations in his classic fantasy novels. Even more surprising? There's never been an edition of The Lord of the Rings as illustrated by the late author, but that's about to change with a re-release of the book coming soon which will no doubt be one of the best art books out there.

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Giacomo Lee

Giacomo is a writer and talking head who has covered creativity and creative tools for Wallpaper*, Digital Arts, Creative Boom, VICE, Little White Lies, the BBC and more. Giacomo has also hosted for Adobe and D&AD, and judged the annual New Blood Awards. He was deputy editor of Creative Bloq for a short time in 2021.