Today is JRR Tolkien's birthday, hooray! The doll above has been on my "want" list for awhile now. He was made by Debbie Ritter, who specializes in various character dolls. I primarily collect 70s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit items, but I love fan art as well and toy figures from the more recent movies. There is a special place in my heart for the 70s Rankin/Bass animated Hobbit movie and the 70s Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings. I know many people think Bakshi's effort is a choppy mess of a movie, but I like its magical, almost hallucinatory quality. Dear viewers, I still have not seen the new Hobbit movie! Gotta wait until the crowds thin out---not a crowds person :) Someday in the future I will share some of my more interesting vintage Tolkien finds.