The works of J.R.R. Tolkien, with the most well known being Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, are often based on the older works in antiquity such as Norse mythology and Arthurian legend. One can even take the cue from characters like Gandalf the Grey being very similar to Merlyn the wizard and Tolkien himself stating that Odin of the Viking Pantheon also served as the character’s basis. Aragorn also has some of King Arthur to him what with his royal background and a sword which has also served as his family’s heirloom. The Lord of the Rings also heavily borrows elements from Ring of the Nibelungs of Viking myth although hobbits and orcs are pretty much original creatures by Tolkien.
The works of Tolkien have indeed gathered a massive fandom that still continues to grow today and somehow grew exponentially when Peter Jackson adapted the Lord of the Rings for film in 2001-2003. The success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy would later prompt Peter Jackson to also adapt the prequel novel to Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit into film as well and another film trilogy to boot. Due to the popularity of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as film, it isn’t at all surprising that so many artists have rendered a lot of the characters and settings into well-detailed artwork as well.
For instance, we have here the works of Kinko White, an artist on deviant art with some really fine skills in terms of putting the characters of Tolkien’s work into images. We have here Benedict Cumberbatch being drawn as the mighty dragon Smaug who devastated the dwarven kingdom of Erebor and what led to the subsequent exile and wandering of Thorin Oakenshield and his company of thirteen dwarves. Then we have image of Gandalf (portrayed by Ian McKellen), otherwise known as Mithrandir who guides the free people’s of Middle Earth against the corruption of the forces of evil. We also have images of the royal family of Mirkwood that include Thranduil the elf king played by Lee Pace and his son Legolas who will be played by Orlando Bloom, much to the delight of fans of Lord of the Rings who fell in love with the character in his first appearances. Then we also have an image of the One Ring that became the basis for the story of the Lord of the Rings which the Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the Hobbit, discovers in Gollum’s cave.