"Leaf by Niggle" is a short story by J. R. R. Tolkien
. The artist main character is in some ways an allegory of Tolkien himself, and of any form of artistry.
"Leaf by Niggle" provides example of:
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Niggle is a bit casual in preparing for his demise, so he is assigned to a sort of purgatory. After he learns to be better organized, the entities in charge send him on further.
- Description Porn: He carefully describes how Niggle drew leaves better than trees, and wants to do an entire trees all of his leaves.
- Title Drop: After a fire destroys most of Niggle's magnum opus, a surviving bit is framed and displayed in a local museum, with the title "Leaf, by Niggle". It is eventually lost.