Artist Profile: Barbara Remington

Barbara Remington is an American artist and illustrator. Born in Minnesota, she is probably best known for her cover-art for Ballantine Books‘ first paperback edition of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s novel The Lord of the Rings.

In an interview about her association with The Lord of the Rings, Remington mentions that she had not been able to get hold of the books before making the illustration, and had only a sketchy idea from friends what they were about. Tolkien, the author, could not understand why her illustration included pumpkins in a tree, or why a lion appeared at all (the lions were removed from the cover of later editions).

Remington is now a huge Tolkien fan, and would have “have definitely drawn different pictures”, had she read the books first.

The popularity of the artwork led to a large edition of the poster, as well as work for similar genre fiction, such as The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison. She has also illustrated a number of children’s books.

She often signed her work “BRem”, rather than using her full name.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Barbara Remington”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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