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Hobbit fans will have to wait several more months to see Peter Jackson's second installment in his new Tolkien adaptation. While we count the seconds till The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters this December, website Open Culture has something to cure what ails us. We discovered a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien's personal book cover designs for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They reveal an imaginative artist behind the epic novels that have entranced readers — and later, film buffs — for generations. As Open Culture notes, "it’s unclear if these designs ever made it onto books published during his lifetime." However, certain elements of his original artworks — like the eye of Sauron illustration pictured at the very bottom of...

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