Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Giant Sword!

I'll admit this work by artist Tom Jung doesn't really have all that much to do with the essence of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but the image of Gandalf the Wizard holding up an impossibly enormous sword with two little Hobbit forms staring up at him does sell the notion of sword and sorcery and that's not unimportant.

Here is a small glimpse at the original pencil work by Jung.

And here is the complete poster in all its glory. This poster for Ralph Bakshi's entertaining but ultimately unsuccessful adaptation of the great saga sells this movie as a mainstream event. For all its flaws, I wish Bakshi had been able to complete the story, at least in some small way. The ultimate cartoon version by Rankin and Bass is okay, but falls short in tone.

Still, it's a pretty poster.

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