Frank Frazetta’s Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle Earth

Frank Frazetta’s bare-legged babes and barbarian fashions might seem an odd fit for JRR Tolkien’s asexual, Anglon-Saxon epic, but in 1975, Frazetta did indeed collect a portfolio of Lord of the Rings illustrations, putting his own dark fantasy spin on characters like Gollum, Eowyn, and the Witch-King.

Only 1000 signed and numbered portfolios were ever printed; if you have $425 lying around,you can snag one on eBay. There are some deviations from the text, however. Eowyn doesn’t appear to be dressed as a man, unless she’s dressed as an orc-man, as the orcs seem to share her affinity for scale-mail bikini bottoms with no pants. He does pretty classic turns with Gandalf and the hobbits, but his interpretation of the Witch-king is a perfect 70s update. More undead supervillains should done bone necklaces and skull belt buckles.

[Skeletronix via ComicsAlliance]

io9.com

(Source: slavicinferno)

  1. honorintegritysacrifice reblogged this from slavicinferno
  2. whiskey-mama reblogged this from runesonmymemory
  3. missionctrl reblogged this from slavicinferno and added:
    Holy crap I never knew this existed.
  4. ceadie2 reblogged this from slavicinferno
  5. sidhehound reblogged this from warrior-from-the-south and added:
    This looks incredible
  6. warrior-from-the-south reblogged this from ltlerthqks
  7. smokette reblogged this from slavicinferno
  8. gelfling-life reblogged this from slavicinferno
  9. soulsatzero reblogged this from fabr0
  10. sinistreabscission reblogged this from solstafiraquilaria
  11. assthony reblogged this from bitchbornvalkyrie
  12. hailthehammer reblogged this from fabr0
  13. littletwinstarz reblogged this from slavicinferno
  14. jediofmars reblogged this from slavicinferno
  15. curiouslyhigh reblogged this from lilspoopymeesh
  16. wherethetiredsleep reblogged this from jovenistheworst
  17. jovenistheworst reblogged this from slavicinferno
  18. slavicinferno posted this
ad2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">