I did have an amusing exchange with the sales clerk at Barnes & Noble when I bought it that went something like this.
He: oh, Tolkien calendar.
Me: yes. Tolkien's said to have seen and actually approve some of the art.
He (after long, considering pause): perhaps what Tolkien saw isn't these pieces . . .
Me: or perhaps Tolkien was a kind-hearted man.
current reading: THE STAR BEAST by Rbt. A. Heinlein (just finished)
THE ZERO STONE by Andre Norton.*
*probably my favorite book before I read LotR.