While I was in the Army I became friends with one of Middle Earth's publishing partners and we swapped and sold each other some cool books and art. I finally drifted on to other places and learned several years later that he had died, tragically young. Several more years went by when I first met my wife and married her. I found out that one of her best friends was the other partner for the now defunct Middle Earth. It was a small world become smaller to find that my wife and I had friends in common, even though she and I met in completely unrelated circumstances. Because of all this I was able to acquire some other cool books and art that was part of Middle Earth's collection. One piece I was fortunate to acquire was the original to the drawing shown above.
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