September 16, 2017

Wishful Thinking:"The Silmarillion" 40th Anniversary Hardback Illustrated Edition


When The Lord of the Rings 60th Anniversary Illustrated Edition came out out a few years back, I noticed how it was essentially an updated version of the Centenary Edition. I thought it would be neat if The Hobbit and The Silmarillion also got editions to 'match' that.

This post examines how I would like a 40th (or 50th or beyond) edition to be presented, and contain with that in mind. Please note, this is all wishful thinking on my part.

- transparent slipcase
- re-scanned paintings- the most recent, and accurate, text setting of The Silmarillion [including Tolkien's letter]
- chalk-white paper
- unjacketed book: the iconic image of Maglor casting a Silmaril into the Sea on the front cover; Beren and Luthien being flown to safety on the back cover. 
The Realms of the Noldor and the Sindar map is located on the last integral page. The Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North coloured by H.E. Riddett appearing on both endpapers.
- 1/4 bound bright terra cotta ["spine colourization"]- dimensions would match the 60th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Le
- Contains the following plates by Ted Nasmith:

Earendi Searches Tirion [as a frontispiece]
The Sea
The Lamps of the Valar
At Lake Cuivienen
The Light of the Valinor on the Western Sea
Fingolfin Leads the host Across the Helcaraxre
The First Dawn of the Sun
Maedhros's Rescue From Thangorodrim
Eoel Welcomes Aredhel
Felagund Among Beor's Men
By Moonlight in Neldoreth Forest
Luthien Escapes Upon Huan
Morgoth Punishes Hurin
Turin and his band are led to Amon Rudh
Turin Reaches the Abandoned Homestead
Up the Rainy Stair
Finduilas is Led past Turin at the Sack of Nargothrond
Ulmo Appears before Tuor
Tuor Follows the swans to Vinyamar
Tuor and Voronwe see Turin at the Pools of Ivrin
Earendil the Mariner
The Eagles of Manwe
White Ships to Valinor
The Ships of the Faithful

As I said, this is all wishful thinking on my part, however I do believe it would make for an awesome edition!  

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