Posted on March 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We have some perfectly timed news for Tolkien Reading Day!

The Guardian reports that J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate has agreed to let HarperCollins publish The Lord of the Rings with the author’s illustrations in it, for the first time.

His sketches and maps have previously appeared in books about him and his trilogy, but with the exception of just two illustrations —  of the Doors of Durin and the Inscription on Balin’s Tomb — they weren’t in the first (or any subsequent) edition of The Lord of the Rings.

You can read more about the fully illustrated version of The Lord of the Rings (and Tolkien’s feelings about his art) in the Guardian.

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