For the first time since the original publication in 1954, a new edition of The Lord of the Rings will include illustrations, sketches, and maps from author J.R.R Tolkien. This follows popular exhibitions of his LOTR artwork that took place in New York, Paris, and Oxford, England in 2018. The book went up for pre-order in March and was briefly available with a 40% discount on Amazon. If you missed the deal the first time around, your second chance to lock down the deal is happening right now.
Needless to say, Tolkien fans will definitely want to have this edition of The Lord of the Rings in their collection. As you'll see from the image below, the cover alone is enough to sell it. That said, pre-orders for the hardcover edition (1248 pages) are live here on Amazon now for $45 (40% off) with a release date set for October 19th, 2021. You won't be charged until it ships, and if the price goes down during the pre-order period, you'll automatically get the biggest discount. Odds are this is the max discount so take advantage while you can. If you pre-ordered at the $75 list price, no worries - you're good to go.
Deb Brody, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's vice president and publisher notes that Tolkien was "characteristically modest, dismissive of the obvious and rare artistic talent he possessed despite having had no formal training. This modesty meant that relatively little else of his artwork was known of or seen during his lifetime, and generally only in scholarly books afterwards."
Of course, the new edition of the book isn't the only reason that LOTR fans should be excited right now. Amazon is currently working on a TV series for their Amazon Prime Video streaming service, and it looks like it's shaping up to be appropriately epic - with a budget to match.
The official synopsis for the show reads:
"Amazon Studios' forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone."
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