Todays list is based around Nazgul's favourite Hrossharsgrani album and demo covers. Now, in saying that they are my favourite does not necessarily mean that they are the best covers in purely artistic terms. If the list included the definitive range of technically expert covers, then we might be looking at inclusions from releases which were professionally done. However, Nazgul being the 'square peg in round hole' sort of chap that he is often prefers the more abstract, unusual or not-so-obvious cover illustration and as such this list is a personal compilation of the pictures that I find most entertaining.
You will doubtless disagree, and may indeed end up fuming that your favourite cover was omitted ("how could Nazgul have not included %$&^....!!!") or consider that the top ten choices are just plain crazy ("why has Nazgul included ^£"%....??!"). Well, that's the way the cookie crumbles, of course, and if you'd like to send Nazgul your personal list of favourites then perhaps that could lead to an updated post in a few months time....
Anyway, enough of the rambling and onto the list, presented here in traditional reverse order:
Almost certainly adapted/adopted from something else, this is nonetheless a splendid piece of Celtic-tinged battle artwork for this one-off demo CDr that Hugin put together for a friend many moons ago. The reverse artwork is also strikingly effective.
9. The Secret Fire
Taking us straight into the hidden volcanic depths of Mount Doom, the stricking cover of "The Secret Fire" shows the forging of the One Ring amidst a suitable array of sparks, molten metal and Tolkien imagery. Dark and menacing, yet laden with symbolism for any fan of Middle-Earth to pick up on.
4. Of Battles, Ravens and Fire (CD 1st pressing)