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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:16 am    Post subject: Speaking of Cover Art... Reply with quote

Who and what are depicted on this cover for the first trilogy edition?

http://www.amazon.com/First-Chronicles-Thomas-Covenant-Unbeliever/dp/073942548X/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_cp_4_4VZC?ie=UTF8&refRID=0SM0CXS1R9ZRFD2M4VZC
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good question... all that I've been able to figure is that it is during the Battle of Soaring Woodhelvin. I'm actually leaning towards the human being Thomas Covenant since there is a ring... on the wrong hand... and his face is very scruffy.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are those cavewights?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffins?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akasri wrote:
Are those cavewights?


I think it's Mhoram battling cavewights.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheWormoftheWorld'sEnd wrote:
Akasri wrote:
Are those cavewights?


I think it's Mhoram battling cavewights.


This was my thought.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me it looks like a half-handed, ring-wielding Mhoram, battling Cavewights Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that art ever actually has to be a scene from the book, but this kind of seems to me like the scene where Covenant has fallen Bilboesquely into a chasm in Mt Thunder during LFB. Because it seems like a cliff and some sort of slope of "shale and loam and refuse" he is standing on. At that time, he has a staff, and he encountered some old, well-dressed cavewights. The picture looks like the staff could be glowing, as it did in the book.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the main issue is the character being way too old to be Covenant. He was about 30 in LFB.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not that art ever actually has to be a scene from the book, but this kind of seems to me like the scene where Covenant has fallen Bilboesquely into a chasm in Mt Thunder during LFB. Because it seems like a cliff and some sort of slope of "shale and loam and refuse" he is standing on. At that time, he has a staff, and he encountered some old, well-dressed cavewights. The picture looks like the staff could be glowing, as it did in the book.



This was the cover for one of the SciFi Book Club omnibus editions, and I have it. I've always thought these were Cavewights (look at the huge shovel-like hands.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the part when Lord Willie Nelson had to subdue the overgrown Gremlins. Riveting scene.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think its to old for lord mhoram.. maybe its prothal at soaring woodhelvinl.. and I gotta think those are cavewights aswell

- lord willie nelson is a solid idea... but surely he would be fighting using guitar lore not staff lore?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think its to old for lord mhoram.. maybe its prothal at soaring woodhelvinl.. and I gotta think those are cavewights aswell

- lord willie nelson is a solid idea... but surely he would be fighting using guitar lore not staff lore?


Too old for Mhoram, maybe, but much too young to be Prothall.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's about as far removed from my own visualisation of Covenant and Cavewights as you can get without being a picture of a Care Bear assaulting some Ents.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, it looks like a Darrell K Sweet work to me.

If you compare it with the cover art for the First Chronicles,



... it does look most like Mhoram, although older.

In the final Chronicles, Mhoram relates how he had gone into the Blasted Hills and encountered ur-viles. So maybe.

But then again, if that guy is missing two fingers ...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a stretch, but... Berek and Fire Lions? *shrug*

There's never a clear description of Fire Lions, plus the background seems very fiery.
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