Thirty-nine years ago, Middle Earth lost its most illustrious creator. Our own world lost a literary legend, but J.R.R. Tolkien's work lives on forever on the bookshelves and in the hearts of every Middle Earth enthusiast. Next year on the fortieth anniversary, there will be much more discussion of his life and work, but it is fitting to mark the current anniversary because he has just been memorialized on the planet Mercury. Last month, the International Astronomical Union conferred this honor upon Tolkien, along with eight other artists renowned worldwide. Now Tolkien's good name will be recognized throughout the galaxy; somewhere the Valar are smiling.