Middle-Earth Mural Poster Puzzle (1968)

Middle-Earth Puzzle 1968

Middle-Earth Puzzle 1968-2

Middle-Earth Puzzle 1968-3

The art is from the first authorized paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings, released by Ballantine in 1965. Artist Barbara Remington famously had not read any of Tolkein’s books before completing the project; she had only heard accounts from friends. The end result befuddled and irritated Tolkien, but became hugely popular with his young fans—and most everyone attracted to mind-altering substances.

Remington’s bright canvas came in a poster version as well, seen below. The demarcations separating the individual covers are obvious.

Remington Poster

(Poster puzzle images via eBay)

3 Responses to “Middle-Earth Mural Poster Puzzle (1968)”


  1. 1 John McAninch July 2, 2020 at 3:11 am

    I have the “combined” poster as well as the “Remington box” I’m not sure where I put what I call the “single” poster. The Remington poster is not in great shape but, only around the edges. As for the books themselves, my “Trilogy” is much like the one in the black box with the dust covers. The rest of Christopher Tolkien’s edited books, are all in their first American editions. I actually slowed down when they published “Beowulf.” I think I still have some of the Hildebrandt Brothers calendars floating around. I remember marking a black box over the date Tolkien passed over to the Grey Havens.


  1. 1 ‘Come to Middle Earth’ Posters (1967, 1969) | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on February 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm
  2. 2 Middle Earth Clothing Ad, Circa 1967 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on November 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

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