Alan Lee has been illustrating the works of JRR Tolkien since 1992, starting with The Lord of the Rings centenary edition. It was this artwork that prompted director Peter Jackson to invite Lee to work on the films, for which he later won an Oscar. Lee won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 1993 for his haunting illustrations in Black Ships Before Troy, the story of The Iliad told by Rosemary Sutcliff. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books will publish a new edition of the book this June to celebrate 60 years of the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Interviews with Alan Lee
Alan Lee, illustrator of such classics as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, talks to Five Books about his favourite stories drawn from myth and fairy tale, what they mean to him, and how important it is for young readers today to experience these ancient stories.