A new website from the Tolkien Estate has a treasure trove of information about JRR Tolkien, beloved author of The Lord of the Rings. Part of the process of creating his fictional world was envisioning it, and Tolkien painted quite a few landscapes of Middle-earth for both The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, plus the settings for his other books. Some, but not all were used in the book illustrations.
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There’s also a section on Tolkien’s maps, which kept him going in the right direction in his stories, and another featuring his beautiful calligraphy. That’s in addition to information about his life and writing. This site could keep a Tolkien fan busy for a while. -via Kottke