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Alan Lee Reveals First Look at Artwork for Tolkien’s Next Book, ‘The Fall of Númenor’

June 25, 2022

The announcement that JRR Tolkien would be releasing a new novel later this year didn’t exactly excite many diehard Tolkienists, if only for the fact that The Fall of Numenor will actually involve no new writing material from The Lord of the Rings author. But you never look a horse gift in the mouth, and the fact that we’re getting 11 new illustrations from Alan Lee is as regal a gift as the one Thorin gave Bilbo at the end of The Hobbit.

Alan Lee has long been revered as one of the finest cartoonists to portray Middle-earth, with many fans holding him on par with John Howe. Both Lee and Howe worked with Peter Jackson to direct The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, not to mention that we’ve seen his work on every illustrated version of The Legendary, whether set in the Third Age or as early as The Silmarillionchronologically the first book involving the creation of the world at the hands of Eru Ilúvatar.