With the popularity of Amazon’s The Rings of Power, fans have a renewed interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was first published more than 70 years ago and continues to find new audiences and fans every year. The artwork and visuals have changed over the decades, with illustrated books, animated movies, and ground-breaking visual effects all synonymous with the series. Now, for the first time ever, the books will come bound together with the original artwork Tolkien drew as he wrote the epic story. This Special Edition set retails for $250.
The Special Edition includes 30 illustrations, maps, and sketches from the author himself. According to HarperCollins, the publisher:
These include the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, marvellous facsimiles created by Tolkien to accompany the famous ‘Bridge of Khazad-dum’ chapter. Also appearing are two removable fold-out maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien revealing all the detail of Middle-earth.
Publishers have offered many versions of The Lord of the Rings over the years. Some include the iconic artwork of Alan Lee and have become valuable collector’s items. For fans interested in the First and Second Ages of Middle-earth, a similar version of The Silmarillion with Tolkien’s illustrations is coming in November 2022.
The Lord of the Rings means many things to so many different people, whether it’s a nostalgic childhood fantasy, a way to connect with family, or they’re fans of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations. This chance to see Tolkien’s vision in both text and art all together in one volume is sure to please all fans.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.