I was fortunate to read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien my senior year of high school, before the movies came out. The Fellowship of the Ring is probably my favorite of the series. In any case, it's the only one (besides The Hobbit) that I've read more than once. If I could be friends with any literary character, I could hope for no one better than the most stout-hearted of hobbits, Samwise Gamgee.
E is for Emerald City, from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, where everything is green because everyone has to wear green glasses.
I can think of few more unfortunate names or characters than Eustace Scrubb. Fortunately, by the end of C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace becomes a much better person due to his experiences as a temporary dragon. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite entries in the Chronicles of Narnia. I decided to illustrate one of Reepicheep's nightly chats with the dragon Eustace, (mainly as an excuse to draw the valiant mouse.) Part of the gilded green ship can be seen in the background.
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