Tolkien & the New Art
Visual Sources for The Lord of the Rings
In a letter drafted in 1971, J. R. R. Tolkien recounts this incident:
A few years ago I was visited in Oxford by a man whose name I have forgotten (though I believe he was well-known). He had been much struck by the curious way in which many old pictures seemed to him to have been designed to illustrate The Lord of the Rings long before its time. He brought one or two reproductions. I think he wanted at first simply to discover whether my . . .