Here’s a quick dose of fantasy for your enjoyment–illustrations by JRR Tolkien. In addition to his work as a scholar and an author, Tolkien dabbled in artwork for his stories, and I find it fascinating to glimpse how he visualized Middle Earth. If you’re interested learning more about his ventures as an artist, you may want to check out the book JRR Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator.
Without further ado, here are a few illustrations of familiar scenes from Tolkien’s books (some of these were originally black and white with coloring added later).
The trolls encountered by Bilbo:
The view east of Rivendell:
Do you have a favorite scene from Tolkien’s books?
If you’re a writer, do you create illustrations or character images for your own work?