I found out something today: the children's author Tove Jansson, who created & illustrated the Moomintroll
books which I loved
as a child, also did some illustrations for The Hobbit
(although I'm not sure they were ever published).
You can see the illustrations here: http://www.zepe.de/tjillu/hobbit/index.html
Some of them are a bit wide of the mark (the enormous Gollum, for instance), which makes me wonder when she did them - was Gollum's history public knowledge at the time? her trolls are brilliant and I also love "Dwarves making music" and "Smaug assaults Lake Town".
As a child I associated Tove Jansson with Tolkien - I knew she was Finnish and I assumed that he was a Scandinavian until I found out he wasn't. I thought of The Hobbit
as a sort of successor to the Moomin
stories - lots of fun but with a more serious side. Tove Jansson died in 2001 but her Moomin
books live on! she also apparently did illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.
I'm ridiculously pleased about this . . .