One of the hallmarks of Tolkien's works is his invention of a wonderful fantasy world. Here are 20 paintings by top fantasy artists showing Tolkien's creations in all their glory:
• Alan Lee
• John Howe
• Ted Nasmith
• Roger Garland
Alan Lee and John Howe are both production designers on the forthcoming Lord of the Rings feature films. Ted Nasmith painted the Illustrated Silmarillion, and Roger Garland contributed many 1980s Tolkien cover designs.