My (considerably) better half, bless her, has treated me to this poster to hang in the office where I do my writing.
When I was a kid this poster used to hang over the fireplace in our living room. This would be in '76 or '77 and a few years before I read the Hobbit, let alone LotRs. I was fascinated by it especially the smaller background details and the Mordor Orcs that are crawling around the edges. For me this is what Orcs always look like. Not the barbaric green hulks of World of Warcraft, or the Pig Faced Orcs of AD&D, but these slightly shabby, very human looking, slightly comical, but still somehow nasty and intimidating fellows. Same with Gandalf and the Hobbits.
The artist who drew this is Jimmy Cauty, and he was 17 when he painted this. Which blows my mind when I think about it. That's a lot of talent to have at that age.
Anyway, I look forward to writing with this hanging on the wall of my office and look forward to as much inspiration as it provided when I was kid.