In 1968 I did some renderings of my impressions of hobbits. My wife sent copies to J.R.R. Tolkien in the England. He replied with warm comments of my work plus his opinions of the Ballantine Books treatment of his creations. (See letter below). When the movie "The Fellowship of the Ring" was released in November 2001, I was amazed on how similar the actors portraying Bilbo and Sam were to my illustrations created over 30 years ago.
I'm not claiming any influence it is just an interesting "Twilight Zone" moment. NOTE: My drawing of Frodo (not shown) looked nothing like Elijah Wood.
Sir Ian Holms as Bilbo Baggins
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©New Line Productions Inc.
Bilbo Baggins - 1968
Sam & Bill - 1968
Letter from Tolkien
Sean Astin as Sam Gamgee
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©New Line Productions Inc.
Frodo - 1968
Tolkien letter from 1968
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