J R R Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien, the writer of the Lord of the Rings, loved trees. This 1972 photo was taken by Viscount Snowdon a year before the famed author’s death. By this time, Tolkien had become one of the most famous authors in English language, and was receiving steadily increasing public attention and literary fame.
Although he hated this public attention (he had to take his phone number out of the public directories), the sale of his books was so profitable that he regretted he had not chosen early retirement.At first he wrote enthusiastic answers to readers’ enquiries, he became more and more suspicious of emerging Tolkien fandom, especially among the hippie movement in the United States. Eventually he and Edith moved to Bournemouth on the south coast, where he died in 1973.