Cover art for the Children of Húrin

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Compa_Mighty 06/Dec/2006 at 05:22 PM
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Dutch cover art!

Glaurung and Túrin outside Norgothrond!

Stiffler Vaneyar 06/Dec/2006 at 07:59 PM
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Wow! That is an awesome piece of artwork! I must say, that makes me want to get the book right now! Thanks for sharing that, Compa!
Endril 06/Dec/2006 at 10:08 PM
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Wow! It looks so great.
Dany 06/Dec/2006 at 10:37 PM
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That’s so depressing... but at the same time, I really can’t imagine it being anything else. Man, I’m so psyched for this book now! Well, now even more so than before, that is.
Lord of the Rings 06/Dec/2006 at 10:44 PM
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This may be the first picture of Glaurung that is even remotely close to my imagining. Way better than Howe’s toad for sure. Very nice illustration over all
TobiasFalco 06/Dec/2006 at 11:21 PM
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That is by far an amazing cover; I can’t wait to see if the American edition’s cover is even remotely close to that. It does such a wonderful job conveying the dark story right on the cover and the artwork is stays true to previous Tolkien books. As Lord pointed out the drawing of Glaurung is very nice as well.
Laielinwen 07/Dec/2006 at 02:19 AM
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Wow! Thanks for sharing that. Awesome Glaurung interpretation.
Míriel Aditu 07/Dec/2006 at 06:46 AM
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Oh that’s nice, I love visual aids!
Nenarye 07/Dec/2006 at 08:32 AM
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I think all my LotR books are illustrated by that same guy. They have that same layout, and similar art . . .
Laielinwen 07/Dec/2006 at 10:46 AM
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Nenarye... Alan Lee has illustrated many covers! I also have several of his. They are all excellent!
Lady Aikári 07/Dec/2006 at 11:16 AM
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Hehe, time to get that book. Easy to get my hands on here.  But not for 20 april 2007.... not even so very expensive here €22,50... It is an hardcover edition and 304 pages.
Tenharien Calmcacil 07/Dec/2006 at 02:35 PM
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You must be joking. That is the cover? Thats amazing. It looks so adventurous. That man there hiding from teh, whatever that serpent type thing is. Wow, I hope we get that cover here in america.

<Yavanna edit:  Offensive language edited out>

Nenarye 07/Dec/2006 at 04:41 PM
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Tenharien - I’m sure we will.
Battlehamster 07/Dec/2006 at 04:45 PM
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Whoa-- that is an incredibly cool cover (much better than the lion ostrich pumpkin LotR one ;) )  I love the dragon and the mountains and the ruins and, um, pretty much everything.  Except that it’s reminded me that it’s coming out and intensified my longing for it.  Not that I could ever really forget, of course...

I second Tenharion’s hope that that’s the US cover as well.

That’s Dutch?  It really does look a lot like German to me.  They are related languages, aren’t they?

Compa_Mighty 07/Dec/2006 at 06:48 PM
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I don’t really know German, but German would read Der Kinderen Von Húrin I believe. Correct me please if I’m wrong.

Anyway, the new report says that is NOT the final cover. Alan Lee is working on a NEW composition that will be used in all the international versions of the book. By the way, it’s a worldwide release in YOUR language. I guess as long as it’s not a terribly rare language... 

If they’re changing it, the new one must be really good.

Lady d`Ecthelion 07/Dec/2006 at 08:43 PM
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I don’t think this is German, actually.

But ... wait a minute!!! Does this mean that the book has not only been finished and set for the book-market in English, but also has been translated into various languages ?!!
Lucky, lucky translators, who worked on it !!!

And the illustariton -- AWESOME!

I wonder, will the Tolkien Estate and the publishers demand the same cover of the book to be applied in the various languages editions?

What I find interesting is Lee’s interpretation of Glaurung! It’s a worm not a dragon!

Compa_Mighty, where did you get this ?
Good for you!
celandreia 08/Dec/2006 at 12:20 AM
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It looks so gorgeous!!  Alan Lee is such an amazing artist
Laielinwen 08/Dec/2006 at 01:40 AM
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Met would be Mit in German.  I’m thinking the languages are similar though. They are our neighbors to the north after all. hehe

I was looking at the length of Glaurung as well and it does seem there is the fuller body and maybe I see a leg then the tail is just really long. He is a big bad boy you know!

Lilith 08/Dec/2006 at 01:52 AM
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Love the cover, cos I love Alan Lee’s illustrations.
There are definitely legs on that "worm" though, half hidden in the waters of Narog. *g*

And that title isn’t German, but it’s true that the languages are similar (similar enough that I can understand some of the NDS thread, but not too much *g*). The German title would be "Die Kinder von Húrin" or just "Die Kinder Húrins". Not that I think it will be translated into German anytime soon. But who wants to read translations anyway?
Laielinwen 08/Dec/2006 at 02:03 AM
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Being Dutch myself, Lilly is right about the small differences between German and Dutch. I will however try to buy the new book in English because it’s the original language after all and still richer. Some things, the "spirit" of a book just can’t be captured by a translation, no matter how good it is.

And that artwork is amazing!

Turambar_77 11/Dec/2006 at 01:22 AM
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The cover is really amazing!! Why do we have to wait until next year to get the book, I want it right now
The way Glaurung is portrayed is very different from how I imagined him, though...

Battlehamster 11/Dec/2006 at 05:39 PM
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Yes, I always pictured him being less serpent-like and more dragon-like.  But I really like that picture, too.  I tried to make it my background, but it didn’t have enough pixels. :(  It also shows Nargothrond as a lot more mountainous than I pictured it, but thinking back on how it’s described, being by the falls and all it would probably have to be.

Agh.  This is torture.

Compa_Mighty 12/Dec/2006 at 01:25 PM
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Actually, this is not the first time Alan Lee has drawn a dragon like a snake, look at this older portrayal of Smaug:

Quite different from Tolkien’s and Howe’s, but pretty similar to the Glaurung we see in the above drawing.

Nírithil 12/Dec/2006 at 01:44 PM
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Lol, I was about to ask ’Is that by Alan Lee?’ and then I saw his name on the cover. I love this! I hope the American cover uses that picture. Oh, and I’d like to mention that that I love Alan Lee’s depiction of Smaug!
Laielinwen 14/Dec/2006 at 01:19 AM
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I especially love Smaug’s head in the pic by Alan Lee. I will say though that my own imagining is different as to the body of both Smaug and Glaurung. I perfer my own vision.  That is the cool thing about the books... you can come up with your own mental image! Just remember that Alan Lee’s is his own personal interpretation  of the dragons.
Kaulargorn 18/Dec/2006 at 02:08 PM
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Great work by Alan Lee. The other very good artist inspired by Tolkien was John Howes if I remember well? They are both great and I think John Howes’s pictures are a bit darker in colour and shape than Alan Lee’s am I right? What is your opinion guys? Don’t make the wrong trying comparing them, they are both equally great, it is a question on their unique styles
geordie 18/Dec/2006 at 02:24 PM
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Ah, you mention only the two arists who happen to be those who worked on the movies.     I think Lee and Howe are both very good [that is, I like their stuff] but let’s not forget Ted Nasmith, and Anke Eismann to name but two - the one, like Lee & Howe, an ’old hand’; the other, a new and rising star in the world of Tolkien illustration. I’ve met all four; and one of the things I think they have in common [ok several of the things] is their quiet bearing - absolutely nothing big-headed about any of ’em; their total devotion to Tolkien; and a feeling I get that no matter how long they’ve been doing it, they’ll _never_ tire of working in Tolkien’s world, nor ever run out of ideas of things to paint or draw.
Compa_Mighty 18/Dec/2006 at 06:19 PM
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I don’t know Eismann’s work. Nasmith’s is awesome, he’s the one who has painted the most about the Silmarillion (at least comercially). Still I like Howe’s Ulmo better than Nasmith’s.

Alan Lee and John Howe are still the ones that put an image of Middle Earth in people’s minds, fortunately they went with them when designing the movies as well. We can only hope they are back for The Hobbit, to continue to show Middle Earth as we all imagine it should be.

Battlehamster 20/Dec/2006 at 07:43 AM
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Wow, I was just googling some of Ted Nasmith’s and Anke Eismann’s work and it is awesome. I’ve put Nasmith’s picture of the burning of the ships at Losgar as my background on this computer. They are both really good, I kind of like it better than the other pairs, thought that might be because I don’t associate them with the movies.
Lori 20/Dec/2006 at 07:53 AM
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I just love the book cover (Alan Lee is for sure my favourite artist to illustrate Tolkien books) and hope to lay my hands on the book in more or less forseeable future. Meh, I’m pretty sure it won’t get translated into Russian anytime soon nor will it be imported in original. Sadly there are not that many Tolkien fans here who really want to read something beyond LotR, Hobbit and the Sil.
Endril 20/Dec/2006 at 08:58 AM
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Lori: English is good too, as much as it is Tolkien. You get used to that fast.

Both book covers look great even if I never saw that kind of portrating a dragon before, under the snake form. Hope it will get here too. I very much hope.
Lori 20/Dec/2006 at 12:29 PM
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Legolas - I don’t read Tolkien in any other language than English

and oh well, if I can’t get the book in Russia, I’ll go to Europe and get it there.

Istanira 20/Dec/2006 at 01:00 PM
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the publisheres should definitely ask Ted Nasmith to do at least one of the editions; he is a much better landscape illustrator than Allan Lee and John Howe (in my not-so-humble opinion) --he did the two wonderful covers for ’The Silmarillion’ already (one depicting Maglor as he throws the Silmaril into the Sea; the other of the white ships of Valinor). He’s already illustrated several beautiful pictures for the Tale of Hurin.

If you’re interested, you can see them HERE <linky>
Magradhaid 20/Dec/2006 at 06:19 PM
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The consensus on a thread (also started by Compa_Mighty ) of another forum I’m on is that the person in the foreground is Mablung, not Túrin. See "Mablung of Doriath hiding "like a vole" beneath the ruins of the bridge at Nargothrond" in UT’s Intro.
geordie 21/Dec/2006 at 09:56 AM
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Ted did’nt just do the covers for Silm; he did 20 for the first ill. ed. in 1998, and added another 25 for the 2nd ill. ed. of 2004. All of ’em marvellous - I recommend this edition.
Compa_Mighty 21/Dec/2006 at 10:45 AM
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Quote: Originally posted by Tyrhael on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The consensus on a thread (also started by Compa_Mighty ) of another forum I’m on is that the person in the foreground is Mablung, not Túrin. See "Mablung of Doriath hiding "like a vole" beneath the ruins of the bridge at Nargothrond" in UT’s Intro.

I remember that thread.  Good to see you Tyrhael. Anyway, as I mentioned before, this is not going to be the actual cover.

What scene would each of you personally like to be the cover of the book, given of course, this one won’t? Glaurung would seem like a smart choice, you know, marketing wise.

Battlehamster 21/Dec/2006 at 11:47 AM
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Wow, i just looked at the pictures on Istanira’s link and I immediately had to look at all of his Tolkien ones. I didn’t like the ones for TH as much, since they were more cartoony, but the LotR and Sil ones are beautiful. Alqualonde is gorgeous, with the water and everything. I love the blueish twilight one for RotK of them riding to the Havens. And I like how Isengard was shown as encircled by mountains instead of walls, just as JRRT described it. And the Balrogs/Balroeg/Balrogath were awesome. Really stunning artwork. I was delighted to learn that the cover of my copy of FotR is his.
Istanira 21/Dec/2006 at 01:35 PM
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Battlehamster, I know what you mean about TNasmith’s ’Hobbit’ illustrations. He is not very adept at drawing human features as realistically as landscapes--especially up close--and they do come across as ’cartoony’ or flat. But his landscapes are as good as any I’ve seen because he uses oil paints and other media that produce rich colors whereas Alan Lee uses watercolor mostly. Each medium has its own effect, but for landscapes the oils are just gorgeous. Glad you liked the site!
geordie 21/Dec/2006 at 02:36 PM
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The medium Ted uses is called guache - that is, tempera [I don’t know exactly what that is] - on his site, Ted describes it as a water-soluble medium. Anyhoo - I have one of Ted’s original paintings - one of those he made towards his final painting for The Crowning of Elessar; one of the Danbury Mint plates. Got it from an exhibition of his works at Chalk Farm Gallery [when it was in Chalk Farm, London, a coupla years back]. Nice.