This is LotR

My later primary school days were dominated by LotR and I was given this poster by one of my mum’s friends who had glued it to a poster-sized piece of heavy wood. It remained propped up in my bedroom through my teenage years. It’s by Jimmy Caulty who drew it at the age of seventeen in 1976! (More details.) As much as I liked the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation, it’s the styling – and tone particularly – that influenced how I visualised Tolkien’s world (those pale, forlorn characters, the pointed mountains and castles, the weariness and fragility of it all). The Jackson movies never quite managed to evoke the weirdness of Middle Earth in quite the same way.