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Jun 10, 2014This is an absolute treasure; it is one every fan of Tolkien’s work should own. This is regardless whether you are a fan of the movie franchise, because most of the work in here was produced years before it was even devised. Some of the art was created specifically for the movie, but I think this could easily exist without it in its own right. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (I’m not going to mention the shambles referred to as the Hobbit trilogy) but I feel that This is an absolute treasure; it is one every fan of Tolkien’s work should own. This is regardless whether you are a fan of the movie franchise, because most of the work in here was produced years before it was even devised. Some of the art was created specifically for the movie, but I think this could easily exist without it in its own right. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (I’m not going to mention the shambles referred to as the Hobbit trilogy) but I feel that Allan Lee’s work really transcends it; it is wonderful on its own.
Oct 04, 2015This is a book I recently picked up in order to learn a lot more about the LotR book to film adaptation process and what exactly being the concept artist for such a big project means. Alan Lee was one of the essential concept artists who not only illustrated some of the LotR and Hobbit books on the Centenary editions, but was also heavily involved in the 6 year process of producing the Lord of the Rings films. This book is a largely image focused book with full page, small and medium images of This is a book I recently picked up in order to learn a lot more about the LotR book to film adaptation process and what exactly being the concept artist for such a big project means. Alan Lee was one of the essential concept artists who not only illustrated some of the LotR and Hobbit books on the Centenary editions, but was also heavily involved in the 6 year process of producing the Lord of the Rings films. This book is a largely image focused book with full page, small and medium images of various creatures, places etc from Middle Earth, but it is accompanied by some wonderful text where Lee talks about inspirations, his own love for the book, and exactly what he was aiming for with the designs.
Dec 06, 2017Absolute must-have for anyone who is a fan of the LOTR books and/or the movies!
Feb 06, 2012Another borrowed volume which I'd one day like to own. It contains a lot of Alan Lee's sketches from when he was working on The Lord of the Rings films, and his commentary on the work he did then. And some interesting titbits about the man himself, too (like the fact that he doesn't Do lists: if he's packing to go away somewhere, he draws his suitcase with the things he needs to take).
Jan 01, 2019Edit: Also, this is the first freaking book of the year and I'm already crying. WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!
Jun 06, 2007My rating is both based on the text and Alan Lee's artwork, which is amazing. He's also a surprisingly eloquent writer, considering he's more well-known for his illustration skills. It's not exactly literature, but it's a beautiful book with some well-written behind-the-scenes thoughts from the artist.
Jan 08, 2019For every fan of The Lord of the Rings movies, this book is definitely a must read. Its so interesting to get to know more about all the work that was put into creating all these beautiful locations and sceneries and also to see which designs were actually Alan Lees. You get quite a bit of extra information on the entire creating process and to me that was really interesting and informative since I truely try tolearn everything about these movies I possibly can.
Apr 29, 2011Right after this book came out, Alan Lee did a book signing in Austin. It was such an amazing talk he did. I loved looking at the slide show and being able to hear him talk. Did you know that he used to be grave digger? Anyway, I was able to get this book, Faeries, and Castles signed by him that night. So awesome!
Apr 27, 2011Such brilliance!! It's impossible for a LOTR geek to truly claim to be one without having at least skimmed through this book. Bonus points for people who choose to read it! Right from the conception to the final execution, Lee's work is remarkable. The movie could have been visually horrifying if it wasn't for his interpretation of Tolkien's work!
Feb 18, 2018I remember the first time seeing an Alan Lee painting for the Lord of the Rings. Not the movies, but the old school calendars and the LotR trilogy book with the interior artwork. This was the first time I knew someone had a vision that matched my own view of Middle Earth. (Ok John Howe had some sick artwork, too, but Lee's captured the essence of that world.)
Mar 11, 2013Having received this as a gift from my other half, I was rather extatic as I have been wishing for this sketch collection for this past couple of years. Alan Lee showcases his talent at reimagining the world as created by J.R.R. Tolkien in the years just shy of 1950. I love the perennial feel to the drawings, the immense attention to detail, the slightly altered look and feel as compared to the movie. A must for any LOTR fan.
Jun 06, 2011For any LOTR fan, this book is a must-see-must-read. It is of the utmost importance that you read the comments made by Allan as well as drooling over the images (use a towel, dammit, don't drool all over the book!) to get the extent of his work in LOTR.
Nov 29, 2015This book is an absolute treasure! This contains over 150 delicate pencil sketches and Alan Lee is a pencil genius. There's writing all through the book on how Alan Lee took inspiration and how he drew a lot of the pictures.
Oct 27, 2018I was very lucky to receive this book for my birthday this year, as it has been on my wish list for some time. I must admit I had forgotten this book was on my wish list, so it was a great surprise to receive it. I remember my mom buying me the centenary illustrated edition of The Lord of Rings and it is one of my favourite books, so to actually be able read how Alan Lee came up with his amazing art work has been rather exciting.
Jan 19, 2019A perk of marrying another massive nerd is getting to add their collection of books to your own. I’ve been eyeing this book up on his shelf for years but it only after moving in together did I get the time to sit and read it properly. It’s beautiful. The sketches are wonderful and I loved reading the accompanying anecdotes from Alan Lee.
May 17, 2018Fantastic. Great and inspiring illustrations for an artist like myself.
Jul 17, 2018Gratifying insight into the visualisation of Tolkien's Middle Earth by the excellent and nuanced artist, Alan Lee. His delicate sketchs have a wonderful lightness and intuition, and communicate clearly the exploration of Tolkien's stories through a visual medium.
Mar 25, 2018Beautiful sketches of Alan Lee are like memories of dreams. I have long admired his work and it was wonderful to re-visit the genius and love behind the LOTR project, which is so near to my own heart as well.
Dec 20, 2017I really enjoyed this. Alan Lee remains one of my favourite artists, especially when it comes to concept art and illustrations.
Feb 10, 2018An exciting look into the artist’s process, with beautiful pencil art and anecdotes from the years of filming LOTR.
Feb 18, 2019An amazing look into how Alan Lee was involved in the making of the LOTR trilogy, and chock-full of stunning artwork and conceptual sketches.
May 11, 2018I enjoyed the artwork and learning about some of the production experience. An enjoyable journey through the creation process.
Aug 25, 2018commentary on his thought process for the designs of LOTR by Alan Lee, it is interesting to learn that Rivendell and Elvish aesthetic are drawn from Art Nouveau.
Jul 27, 2017To the fans of Alan Lee I cannot recommend this book enough!
Jul 21, 2017I've owned this book for as long as it's been out. However, I've never completely read it cover to cover. I made that attempt a while ago, but mostly I randomly flipped through it. Until I said "damn it it all." and decided to read, and look at it, all the way through.
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