July 31, 2019

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Sketchbooks Limited-Edition Boxed Set Announced



Earlier today, this limited-edition, numbered, slipcased signed edition was announced. Only 3,000 will be printed! Official description follows below:


Presenting two richly illustrated books in one elegant slipcase, this deluxe, limited edition boxed set celebrates in words and pictures the beautiful work that award-winning artist Alan Lee has created for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Sumptuously bound in full cloth, with a miniature colour image embossed into the front board, each large-format volume overflows with hundreds of delicate pencil drawings and conceptual sketches, and dozens of haunting watercolour paintings, including many brand-new Hobbit paintings and drawings that take us deeper into the magical world of Bilbo Baggins.

This very special set unlocks the secret of how Alan creates his own Middle-earth magic and provides a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who breathed new life into Tolkien’s vision. It is limited to a worldwide printing of just 3,000 numbered copies and each copy of The Hobbit Sketchbook has been personally signed by the artist.

The ISBN is 9780008367435

At present, only Amazon UK is offering pre-orders. And, since only a specific number are being printed, you might want to grab this while you can. Elsewise, they may be gone.

There is also A Middle-earth Traveller by John Howe worth checking out. Here's hoping in the future there will be a 'Great Tales' set (featuring Alan Lee's art from The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien and The Fall of Gondolin). Also would be great if a Ted Nasmith Silmarillion Sketchbook were made....