The story goes that way back in the day, a young Professor Strang read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and was enthralled. That book inspired him to lead an adventurous life of his own, eventually culminating in the discovery of Planet X. He then sent Ellie on her own great adventure and the rest is history.

Pretty much everyone here at Mission Control is a big hobbit geek, and we’re all looking forward to the movie coming up next year. Here’s a little watercolor of Smaug the dragon from my sketchbook!