Queen Margerthe II of Denmark illustrates and paints under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer, and her woodcut style art was used to illustrate some editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I think they are excellent depictions that inspire the imagination instead of replacing it.
And they place the story in a realm of myth and Dark Age lost history that makes it seem even more alive. They were used in the 1977 and 2007 editions, and I'm looking for a copy.
Pretty cool. America's leader might read Conan comics, but Denmark's illustrated Tolkien. They have out-nerded us! We must not have a nerd gap!! Thanks to my pal Sonny for educating me on this and finding these illos.