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Dustwrapper - Vol.3 - Upper Cover
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The First Impression of RotK
VI  The First Boxed Edition
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XIV  LotR: A Bibliography
XV  LotR: A Bibliography of Slipcases

The History of Middle-earth series

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Songs for the Philologists
The Princess Hobbits
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Tolkien's Languages and Alphabets
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Dustwrapper - grey wove paper.

Upper cover.

The artist used to produce the dustwrapper artwork is not identified, but was perhaps part of the Readers Union production department. There have been suggestions that the artwork was by Tolkien, but this is highly unlikely as there is no mention of this in the correspondence between Readers Union and Allen & Unwin.

What is the artwork supposed to represent?
The ring and eye are fairly obvious, and the upward spikes may be towers, but the rest is a bit of a mystery!

 

THE RETURN OF
THE KING

[Ring and Eye Device]

Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. TOLKIEN

Dustwrapper - Vol.3 - Upper Cover
 
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