Alan Lee (Fantasy artist)
Alan Lee is the illustrator of the highly-successful centenary edition of 'The Lord of the Rings' and diamond edition of 'The Hobbit'. He studied graphic design and the depiction of Celtic and Norse myths and has illustrated a wide range of books, including 'Faeries', 'Merlin Dreams' and 'Castles', and was conceptual designer for Terry Jones' film 'Erik the Viking'. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrated edition of 'Black Ships Before Troy'. From 1998 he worked as Conceptual Designer and Set Decorator on Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' movie trilogy, and he received the 2004 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on 'The Return of the King'.