Dustwrapper - grey wove paper.
The artist used to produce the dustwrapper artwork is not identified, but was perhaps part of the Readers Union
production department. There have been suggestions that the artwork was by Tolkien, but this is highly unlikely as there is no
mention of this in the correspondence between Readers Union and Allen & Unwin.
The ring and eye are fairly obvious, and the upward spikes may be towers, but the rest
is a bit of a mystery!
THE RETURN OF
[Ring and Eye Device]
Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. TOLKIEN