Leaf By Niggle

I'm presently writing a book about the Proverbs of Middle-earth, and I'm wondering about cover images and so on.  Here are two pictures that would (in a perfect world) be ideal: the first by Alan Lee, the second by Tolkien himself.

Alan Lee - Leaf By Niggle
Tolkien Tumble Hill

The reason I'm think of trees is that the book works on the premise that Tolkien created his world in the same way that Niggle painted his Tree – focusing on the details.  Just as Niggle would agonise over individual leaves, Tolkien built his world on the intricacies of invented languages, nomenclature and – yes – proverbs.


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