J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Book-box (1990-91) by Philip Smith
The box has two compartments for the book and a map folder. The skull (supposedly of a Ringwrailh King; the contorted upper spires now representing the crown) is designed to work with a raking light to give deep relief to the modeling. The nine dead ringwraiths’ headstones line the lower edge of the box.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.
Leather Book Cover and Binding (1997) by Philip Smith.
"This is the third in a set of nine bindings of this title commissioned to represent a high point or crisis in the life of one of the nine characters comprising the Fellowship of the Ring. This is Legolas the elf being introduced by Gimli the dwarf to the glories of the glittering caves of Aglarond behind Helm’s Deep. The book edges of the set all have paintings continuing the visual elements of the bindings and growing out from the sewn endbands."
Simply stunning work!