Artwork that I began a while back, before the Hobbit movie would begin to co-exist with my own mental images of the book. I postponed publishing it for several reasons, but tonight, being Tolkien's birthday, it seemed appropriate as an homage. In that vein:The Professor!
The image shows, of course, Beorn on top of the Carrock. As Gandalf describes:"As a bear he ranges far and wide. I once saw him sitting all alone on top of the Carrock at night watching the moon sinking towards the Misty Mountains, and I heard him growl in the language of bears: 'The day will come when they will perish and I shall go back!' That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself."
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: Queer Lodgings.)
Background: [link] [link]
The Carrock: [link]
(which is obviously not
how I imagined the whole rock.