The self-loathing leper who becomes the savior of the "Land" goes through the books dressed in ragged modern clothing. His face bears a permanent expression of horror and disgust. In other words, he's someone you might see any day in Harvard Square. Which is where I lived and worked in the days I read Donaldson and painted illustrations from his work.
In this image, a royal character called "High Lord Elena" prepares to drink a magic lava named "Earthblood" at the earth's core. Thomas the anti-hero leans against the wall, aghast as always at her dangerous action. In the shadows behind them, an immortal warrior called a "Bloodguard" observes stealthily. The model for Elena was a friend of mine who has commissioned many artworks from me.
"Drinking the Earthblood" is acrylic on Strathmore illustration board, 11" x 15", October 1982.