I was 12-years-old when I read The Lord of the Rings books for the first time. I remember seeing a promotional poster in my school when the movie was announced in 1999 making that the first memory I have of the films, the posters presented some of the characters of the movie, it was the first time I could actually see a depiction of Gandalf. It was so cool to see what Alan Lee and John Howe had created years ago in their old illustrations coming to life.
Trying to represent Tolkien and Jackson's work in an idea cost me a lot of hours of thinking and designing, I started to think about the directions of the poster, How they will work together? What kind of approach I wanted to give them?
In The Fellowship of the Ring, you can see the eye of Sauron, to represent the number on as it was the first book of all. You can also see the fellowship walking around a halo, that represent the one ring, I chose the color red because of the red book of Westmarch written by Bilbo Baggins at the beginning of the movie. The Two Towers was a easy one, Orthnac and Barad-Dûr facing each other as the eye of Sauron burst in flames.
The Return of the King was difficult to make, because I didn't wanted to loose the composition of the first two poster, so my take was the sword. The Return of the King is all about Aragorn and reclaiming the throne of Gondor, the sword, the best way to explain it, you can barely see the inscriptions within the sword that reads "Anar. Nányë Andúril i né Narsil i macil Elendilo. Lercuvanten i móli Mordórëo. Isil"