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Old 02-21-2020, 07:47 PM
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The cover artist died. I was at a used book store not long ago and couldn't believe my luck in finding a pristine copy of the whole trilogy in the Ballantine edition.

Barbara Remington, Illustrator of Tolkien Book Covers, Dies at 90
Her work for the 1965 paperback editions of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” achieved mass-cult status. But she hadn’t read the books when she got the job.

Though the covers of the first editions of “The Lord of the Rings” had illustrations by various artists, including Tolkien himself, the ones that Ms. Remington created for the paperback versions published by Ballantine Books were the ones that achieved mass-cult status in the 1960s, particularly on college campuses.
“Ballantine was in a hurry to get these books out right away,” she said in an interview for the literary journal Andwerve. “When they commissioned me to do the artwork, I didn’t have the chance to see either book, though I tried to get a copy through my friends."
“After reading his work, I was in awe of Tolkien,” she said. “I knew there was something special about him. If I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ first, I don’t think I could have drawn the cover art.”


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Old 02-22-2020, 04:47 AM
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My introduction to Lord of the Rings was the early '80s issue.

But here are the ones you're reference, just so everyone can see:

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