An archive of intimate photographs and letters that provide a rare glimpse into J.R.R Tolkien's secretive world have emerged for sale.
The images of the intensely private Lord of the Rings author relaxing in his study and garden with wife Edith were taken by society photographer Pamela Chandler.
The collection includes one image taken in his study which shows Tolkien's own hand-drawn map of Middle Earth where The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy was set.
Pamela's archive also includes her photos of Rayner Unwin, who, as a 10-year-old, was the first person to read the manuscript of The Hobbit.
Tolkien folklore has it that the youngster's review of the 1936 story convinced his publisher father Stanley Unwin to turn it into a book.
Pictured: An archive of intimate photographs and letters that provide a rare glimpse into J.R.R Tolkien's secretive world have emerged for sale and are expected to fetch at least £25,000 when they go under the hammer at auction in Essex next month
Private: The collection of photographs was captured by society photographer Pamela Chandler at Tolkien's home in 1961
Lord of the Rings author Tolkien was famously private and so the photos offer a glimpse into his world and his family life
Pictured: A letter from J.R.R Tolkien to Pamela Chandler in 1961 to arrange the photography session at his home
Without Rayner's feedback the Lord of the Rings trilogy may never have been written.
The photography session was arranged after Pamela's work and reputation led to photographic commissions from sixties' celebrities, royalty and major literary publishers.
As a result, in 1961 she was tasked with producing professional portrait photos for the famously camera-shy writer.
Pamela won him over and she became firm friends with Tolkien and his wife for the rest of their lives.
In 1966 she was invited back to their home in Oxfordshire to take candid photos of the devoted couple.
The images of the intensely private author were taken while he was relaxing at home. Pictured: Tolkien in his study in 1961
After taking portraits in 1961 (right), Pamela was invited back to the home to take photos of the devoted couple in 1966 (left)
The archive includes photos of Rayner Unwin, who, as a 10-year-old, was the first person to read the manuscript of The Hobbit
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa 1892 and moved to England when he was four.
He grew up in Sarehole, in Birmingham, and went on to became a Professor at Oxford University where he studied Old and Middle English.
While working at the university, Tolkien invented languages of his own. But when World War I broke out, he enlisted as a second lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the Battle of the Somme.
He was eventually released from duty due to illness.
When he returned to Oxford