Sunday 20 June 2021

FORTY YEARS ON... Eric Fraser's LORD OF THE RINGS radio art: Week 16


Forty years ago, on this Sunday, the 1981 BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings arrived at its 16th episode, entitled 'The Black Gate is Closed'. Veteran illustrator,  Eric Fraser created this original piece of art for Radio Times inspired by the events described in the second chapter of The Two Towers 'Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit' and featuring Sam Gamgee's culinary skills! 

However, Fraser's drawing went unpublished as a result of an industrial dispute at the printing works where Radio Times was produced, the magazine was scaled down to a slim-line 'emergency' issue with heavily edited programme details and few if any illustrations. This is the second of three previously unseen Fraser illustrations now published for the first time on this blog.

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