J.R.R. Tolkien

has become a sort of mountain,

appearing in all subsequent fantasy

in the way that Mt. Fuji

appears so often in Japanese prints.

Sometimes it’s big and up close.

Sometimes it’s a shape on the horizon.

Sometimes it’s not there at all,

which means that the artist

either has made a deliberate

decision against the mountain,

which is interesting in itself,

or is in fact standing on Mt. Fuji.