A new 60th Anniversary Edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-selling book The Lord of the Rings will be released on 16 June 2014.
Coming 60 years after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on 29 July 1954, this new edition includes further corrections and is intriguingly kept in a transparent slipcase. This updated illustrated edition includes the art of Alan Lee who is well-known to Tolkien fans from the previous illustrated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and his role as a concept artist designer for both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
The official information from the publishers, HarperCollins, states:
A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien’s classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors’ editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.
With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee’s paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien’s great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans.
This new edition is housed in a special transparent slipcase and includes a brand new setting that features the definitive 50th anniversary text, which together with Alan’s beautiful paintings provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the work’s first publication.
The 60th Anniversary Edition will also be accompanied by an updated version of Hammond and Scull’s The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion.
Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.