This scene from the eda of Beowulf, in which a thief provokes the dragon who guards a treasure trove, so inspired the translator of the epic that he spliced a similar theme into a story he was preparing for his children. In the translator’s story, though, the thief was… Bilbo Baggins! The story became The Hobbit and the translator was J.R.R. Tolkien.
This Jack o’ Lantern contains one of my more successful self-portraits.