Winning Year: 1993
Illustrator: Alan Lee
Title: Black Ships Before Troy

Original Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Current Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0711215227
In Print

It all begins with a golden apple and an impossible choice. Three great goddesses, Hera, Athene and Aphrodite ask Paris of Troy to decide who is the most beautiful. Aphrodite, Goddess of Love bribes him with the promise of a wife as beautiful as herself, so Paris awards the apple to her.



Alan Lee was born in 1947 and works as a book illustrator and conceptual designer for films.

Alan was one of the lead artists on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. He illustrated many of the scenarios for the movies, including objects and weapons for the actors. In 2004, he won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on the third film in the trilogy, The Return of the King.

He lives with his wife and two children in Chagford, Devon.