Byzantine Fresco Tolkien Art Jay writes: My name is Jay and I’m a designer and managing partner of a marketing agency in Newcastle in the North of England. I’ve been a Tolkien fan since my teens and have been collecting his books since college. These illustrations are a personal love and hobby and have never been seen before either in print or on the net. The concept for the style came from Tolkien himself. My understanding is he tried to convince people that The Hobbit was originally a translated manuscript such as Beowulf. More..