Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle Earth

Frank Frazetta's bare-legged babes and barbarian fashions might seem an odd fit for JRR Tolkien's asexual, Anglon-Saxon epic, but in 1975, Frazetta did indeed collect a portfolio of Lord of the Rings illustrations, putting his own dark fantasy spin on characters like Gollum, Eowyn, and the Witch-King.

Only 1000 signed and numbered portfolios were ever printed; if you have $425 lying around, you can snag one on eBay. There are some deviations from the text, however. Eowyn doesn't appear to be dressed as a man, unless she's dressed as an orc-man, as the orcs seem to share her affinity for scale-mail bikini bottoms with no pants. He does pretty classic turns with Gandalf and the hobbits, but his interpretation of the Witch-king is a perfect 70s update. More undead supervillains should done bone necklaces and skull belt buckles.

[Skeletronix via ComicsAlliance]

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS

Frank Frazetta's Lord of the Rings illustrations brought barbarian armor to Middle EarthS