Any fan of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, or art in general should flip through this book. The substantial size of the novel allows the reader to appreciate the stunning detail in Donato Giancola’s artwork. The descriptions and recaps of the varying story lines alongside the art demonstrate a touching thoughtfulness and dedication to J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpieces. The battle scenes capture intense sweeping movements and convey the overarching grandiose themes within the plot. The somber color schemes of these depictions contrast and bring out the vivacity of the varying portraits in the book, in particular those of Galadriel and mighty Smaug in his lair obsessing over his gold. This book was a great way to quickly re-enter a wonderful fantasy world and fall in love with Tolkien’s (and Giancola’s) work all over again.
Readers may also enjoy Giancola’s masterful craft of sci-fi renderings in Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth and the comical Visit My Alien Worlds with co-collaborator Mark Gave.