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HarperCollins unveil sixtieth anniversary Lord of the Rings design

HarperCollins has unveiled what the new detailed illustrated slip-cased edition of the 60th Anniversary edition of The Lord of the Rings will look like.

60th Anniversary Edition of The Lord of the Rings
60th Anniversary Edition of The Lord of the Rings

Earlier this year we reported that a 60th Anniversary Edition of The Lord of the Rings will be released on the 19th June 2014. The new edition contains further corrections to the 50th Anniversary Edition text as well as Alan Lee’s beautiful artwork all contained within a special transparent slipcase.

The official description from HarperCollins states:

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 of The Lord of the Rings is available for pre-order from the Official Tolkien Bookshop.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

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.


  • Candy Schwartz

    The blurb implies that it is a new setting of the 50th, but doesn’t mention corrections, and it does not say that the illustrations are new. Is this the 50th repackaged or is there something new in it. Does anyone know? I am willing to spend the money for added value, but not otherwise

    • From what I understand, it is the 50th Anniversary Edition re-issued with (very) minor corrections.