Today would have been JRR Tolkien’s 120th birthday.
To celebrate, Tom Hawking, the contributing editor over at Flavorwire has put together a gallery of beautiful and strange editions of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit from around the world. The list includes Professor Tolkien’s *least* favorite cover art as well as bizarre interpretations from Poland (which really should surprise no one who has seen CHUD’s extensive coverage of Polish movie posters) and other international editions.
Here are my personal favorites, some from Tom’s list and others from The Tolkien Book Covers Gallery.
So, please join me in raising a glass and toasting the author of one of the most enduring and beloved books in the English language: