I must state that I actively loathe the work of J.R.R. Tolkien so you’ll find no fawning here! No matter how many people exhort me to, I will never again pick up copies of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and try to read them. Life’s too short.
I was so tired of dark colours that my original intention was to create something simple in black and white with the title, author, one of the protagonists, and a ring. I discovered a site that compared the characters to real people. Gandalf, as played by Ian McKellen, was likened to Walt Whitman, which tickled my fancy, and I took it from there.
Once I’d dismissed the idea of black and white, I searched my designs and decided that the background textures from Turning Windmill might work rather well. I hope you agree.
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Take care and keep laughing!