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New book reveals previously unprinted artwork and documents the portrayal of Middle-earth across the decades

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Nov 13 2013, 8:29pm

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New book reveals previously unprinted artwork and documents the portrayal of Middle-earth across the decades Can't Post

[caption id="attachment_82259" align="alignright" width="248"]Middle-earth Envisioned by Brian J Robb and Paul Simpson. Middle-earth Envisioned by Brian J Robb and Paul Simpson.[/caption] Over the decades, lots and lots of people have tried their hand at envisioning Middle-earth -- in artwork, stage plays, musicals, television adaptations, comics, games, fan-art and, of course, animated and live action film.

Middle-earth Envisioned is a new, illustrated book From New York Times bestselling author Brian J. Robb and Paul Simpson, TV guide writer/reporter and the former editor of the Star Trek magazine, that comprehensively documents these portrayals of Middle-earth.

Among the highlights is previously unprinted artwork from English schoolteacher Mary Fairbairn. It has been noted that Tolkien himself wrote to Fairburn in 1968, praising her illustrations as "splendid. They are better pictures in themselves and also show far more attention to the text than any that have yet been submitted to me".

From the publisher's blurb:

Middle-earth Envisioned is the first book to explore the artistic legacy left by Tolkien's world. Paintings, drawings, theatrical performances, radio serials, and films inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are all discussed in a manner that further illuminates the brilliance of Tolkien's creation.

Readers will discover details surrounding an attempted Beatles live-action version (with Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins), a nearly four-hour Canadian musical, the West End stage production of Lord of the Rings, and of course, the Peter Jackson films including the Hobbit trilogy and much more. In this beautifully illustrated gift book, discover the richness of Middle-earth anew, through the works of the artists inspired by it.

Middle-earth Envisioned is available in both hardback and out now on Race Point Publishing.

Exclusive: artwork from Middle-earth Envisioned

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(This post was edited by entmaiden on Nov 14 2013, 1:45pm)

Lily Fairbairn

Nov 14 2013, 3:53pm

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Is her name Fairbairn or Fairburn? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've noticed myself, for obvious reasons, that spell-checkers often "correct" Fairbairn to Fairburn.

Kristin Thompson

Nov 15 2013, 2:15am

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Apparently it's Fairburn [In reply to] Can't Post

That's how it's spelled in the Times Literary Supplement article that revealed this news to the world.


Nov 15 2013, 11:32am

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This looks like a fascinating book :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll bet it's filled with treasures. A fresh look at others' impressions of Middle-earth is always a fascination to me!

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Nov 15 2013, 12:31pm

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Interesting article [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks so much for linking to the Times Literary Supplement article (which has a slight error in the URL - here's a working link). What a fascinating story about Mary Fairburn. I'd love to see her LotR artwork after reading about Tolkien's reaction to it.

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings

Lily Fairbairn

Nov 15 2013, 3:35pm

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Thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

Although Fairbairn would be a tad more appropriate, considering Smile

Registered User

Nov 19 2013, 5:31am

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Runescape Gold [In reply to] Can't Post

Since they'd never met before, they're sure

that there'd been nothing between them.

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