When writing his tales, J.R.R. Tolkien knew the importance of a good map to help inform both the reader and the author, and with the help of his son, Christopher, there are many beautiful ones in his books. Using these, acclaimed artist John Howe produced his own versions to accompany The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and these are now available - accompanied by text from writer Brian Sibley - as delightful gift hardbacks and in a gorgeous oversized boxed set. Tolkien was a gifted artist as well as a wonderful writer, and the best of his work is available in the lavish J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator. His work has also inspired other artists, such as Alan Lee and John Howe, and their finest paintings, sketches and illustrations can be found in Alan's The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook and John's Myth & Magic. Tolkien's vision would also inspire those in the theatre to adapt The Lord of the Rings, and a sumptuous illustrated companion to the stage show is also available.