Alan Lee’s Exploration of Tolkien’s "New" Works

18:00, Thursday 30 Jul 2020 NZST (50 minutes)
Programming - Programme Room 3 (Webinar)

This paper will delve into Alan Lee’s illustrations of The Fall of Gondolin, in terms of story progression, interactions between characters, and the landscape, and clues about future events. It will examine pictorial and thematic inter-lacings not just in The Fall of Gondolin, but also between Alan Lee’s other works of "new" Tolkien books, such as Beren and Luthien, and The Children of Hurin. For example, the front and back covers of these books will be compared to see what first overall impression Alan Lee attempts to give of these stories, with regards to main characters, nuanced colour palette, and backdrop. Cover art is crucial, as most people do judge a book by its cover, and it gives the overall first impression of the story.

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