The Lay of the Children of Hurin Illuminated Manuscript: FINISHED

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Front cover, The helm of Hador Raised from the leather

Front cover, The helm of Hador Raised from the leather

First Page before the title page

First Page before the title page

          As you may well know, given the content of my last article, I planned on finished my manuscript by the end of this weekend. Well…..I finished it today. I couldn’t very well sit back and do nothing but wait until the weekend came around to finish it. So I cut the silk end-sheets and attached them to the inner covers of the book. Also the special detail on the front cover came out better than I could have wished for, it is marvellous. You will see that I have raised the symbol of The Helm of Hador on the front cover.

Letter "I" as in Roman Numeral "I" showing the 1st chapter

Letter “I” as in Roman Numeral “I” showing the 1st chapter

gold gilded Tolkien sigil

gold gilded Tolkien sigil

           The work that has gone into this (about 140 hours) not to mention the emotional toll, is well worth the final product. The leather is soft and supple while showing its majestic depth of dark blue colour. Also, the book is lighter than I had anticipated, it seems that the oak boards really didn’t add any unnecessary weight to it. You will also notice that the spine has a nice dimpled look to it, which was hard to attain, and the ribs are well pronounced.

          Overall I really like the turn out and I am happy to have had your feedback and encouragement along the way. I must say, with as much humility as possible that the product is quite good for someone with no art experience or knowledge. I have yet to finish of the smaller lay of Leithian which did not turn out nearly as well. It seems I do not have the skill to bind in cloth, leather if far easier because its thicker and easier to handle. From now on I will try to bind all my books in leather, or faux leather at the very least.

Title page

Title page

Flower boarder, gilded rose in the lower right corner

Flower boarder, gilded rose in the lower right corner

          I hope you enjoy the included hi-res pictures in the post. I apologize for the shadowing effects, do not mistake them for mis-colour of the book or materials. I cant seem to fix the settings on my camera to remove this effect. Nonetheless you can get a pretty good idea of how everything looks. Some of the pictures i have included are some random pages within the book that popped out to me. I hope you like them…

          I look forward to hearing your feedback. And I look forward to the day that I have all three parts of the poem done. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, please feel free to watch a short video tour of the book as well as check out a dedicated page I have made to this project and future projects HERE!

Interesting vine/flower combination

Interesting vine/flower combination

an interesting page with two different elements

an interesting page with two different elements

By: Steven Umbrello

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