June 13, 2012

Judging Book Covers: The Return of the King


One of the fun things about stocking the sci fi/fantasy section at Bookmans was seeing all the different versions of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I've seen all of these above, and more. I have no idea how many times they've been reissued, but the cover art options run the gamut from gorgeous to bizarre to strangely intriguing.

I like the central one and the second from the right the best. My very favorite is probably the tree-covered paperback editions from the 1970s, because those are the ones my dad had, and I first read the books in that format. But I couldn't find an example of them on Amazon.

Which cover do you like the best? 
If you've read LOTR, which editions did you read from?

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This post is part of my Judging Books By Their Covers series. Check out the rest of the posts here.