Absolutely Stunning Concept Art from Ralph Bakshi's Animated Lord of the Rings

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Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings movie was kind of a letdown, even back in the day — and it definitely doesn't stand up to Peter Jackson's masterpiece. But the movie did generate some fantastic concept art. Just check out this concept art from Barry Jackson.

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According to a post over at Meathaus, this art comes from Unflitered, a 2008 art book that Ralph Bakshi and friends put out — but the chapter on Lord of the Rings was scrapped due to rights issues. Bakshi posted all of the pages from the scrapped chapter on his blog a while back, and they include some absolutely fantastic concept art.

Check out some of our favorites below — including fantastic monster art by Joseph Zucker — and the rest over at Bakshi's site and Meathaus. [via TheOneRing]

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Michael Ploog's Nazgul concept, plus two paintings by Ed Hirth

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