If you are in any way part of the Lord of the Rings fandom, I implore you to go to a bookstore and pick this book up. Alan Lee is a brilliantly talented artist and his influence on the film franchise is undeniable.
In this beautiful book, Alan Lee explains some of the sketches curated for the films and books, delving into the choices made and the developments on set.
The curation of this book is astounding; each piece of art is an important and memorable part of the film, or something that you didn’t even notice, such as the detailed architecture of a building, that would be sorely missed if it wasn’t there. There is nothing quite like seeing the original sketches that led to some of the most iconic sets of the films and reading about how and why they were created a certain way.
As I said, if you are in any way interested in art or the Lord of the Rings series of books or films, you need this book in your life. This is undoubtedly going to be something that I keep in my collection and flip through from time to time just admire the detailed illustrations and marvel at the creation of Middle Earth.
Plus, there’s a foreword by Sir Ian McKellen, so you can’t beat that!