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    See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used to Build Middle-Earth

    Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings but he also drew it:

    The many maps and sketches he made while drafting The Lord of the Rings informed his storytelling, allowing him to test narrative ideas and illustrate scenes he needed to capture in words. For Tolkien, the art of writing and the art of drawing were inextricably intertwined.

    In the book The Art of The Lord of the Rings, we see how, and why.

    My sneak peek of his sketches for



    The Uncle in Carbonite

    I was drawing pictures with my nephew Jack.

    “What shall we draw?” I asked.

    “Let’s draw Star Wars,” Jack said, innocently enough.

    We began to draw Star Wars. Jack drew a guy, then a box. Next he drew a face and feet in the box. Then he made a line so the guy next to the box had an arm that touched the guy in the box.

    “What the heck is that?” I asked.

    “That’s me,” Jack said, adding his name to the figure on the left.

    “So what is that?”

    “How do you spell ‘carbonite’?” Jack asked, a big smile beaming across his face. He started to giggle.

    “C-A-R …” I began. He began to write. The kid was seven. “B-O-N … I-T-E.”  Then he added another word: “E-T-H-A-N-[space]-I-N.”

    The giggling commenced.

    “Wait. Is that me?”

    More giggling from Jack.

    I was incredulous. “You little … So, that makes you … Boba Fett?”

    Uncontrollable giggling. “Uncle Ethan! You’re trapped in carbonite!”

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