Category: tales from the perilous realm

I recently read Tolkien’s Tales from the Perilous Realm, a collection of short stories and poems that comprises some of his earliest delves into the realm of fantasy. Though mostly unrelated to his Middle-earth stories, it was fascinating to see how some of these early ideas of his would later find their way into the The Lord of the Rings, often in subtle and surprising ways.

The above picture shows an excerpt from my favourite poem, ‘Errantry’, which bears a striking resemblance to the ‘Song of Eärendil’, composed by Bilbo in the House of Elrond during The Fellowship of the Ring.

• Excerpt is from Tales of the Perilous Realm (Deluxe Edition), beautifully illustrated by Alan Lee, who was also a conceptual designer on the Peter Jackson films.