― I've always stayed away from illustrating other authors' works, mostly because I feel incompetent to the task -- especially when the author has already done his own illustrations. And yet, in 2001 I was asked by a dear friend to create illustrations for a children's theater adaptation of The Hobbit he was directing. I said yes, fool that I was. ∙ Thorin's map of the Lonely Mountain is one of the famous illustrations J.R.R. Tolkien did for his Lord of the Rings prequel masterpiece. My [...].