Tolkien imagined his fantasy world in words and pictures, producing numerous illustrations of the landscapes and creatures of Middle Earth.
... and illustrator JRR Tolkien (1892-1973). Tolkien was also a gifted illustrator as well as author, creating abstract and subtly beautiful works of art.
Hobbit fans will have to wait several more months to see Peter Jackson's second installment in his new Tolkien adaptation. While we count the seconds till ...
Pick up a copy of the book over here, and head to Flickr or The One Ring for more examples of Tolkien's life as an artist.