Alan Lee was born in Middlesex in 1947. His illustrated books include Faeries (with Brian Froud), Castles and Merlin Dreams, and the three `Great Tales' of Middle-earth: The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. He has worked on such prestigious films as Erik the Viking (Terry Gilliam), Legend (Ridley Scott), and the acclaimed NBC miniseries Merlin. He is best known, however, for his work on the books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and now the film versions.
`Alan Lee's artwork has a beauty and lyricism about it. His art captured what I hoped to capture with the films.' Peter Jackson Praise for the `Great Tales' trilogy: `[The Children of Hurin is] the darkest of all Tolkien's tales. Alan Lee's illustrations complement the writing splendidly.' Times Literary Supllement `Critical moments are caught [in Beren and Luthien], as in The Children of Hurin, by Alan Lee's nine outstanding colour plates.' Times Literary Supplement