Well, it was quite a long time ago (in 1985) and his grave looked different than it looks now. It was then very simple, just a vertical stone board at the head and a stone frame around the grave, with the empty space inside where flowers could be planted. But on several occasions I found only withered, very sad looking flowers there, and I even dared to remove them, they looked so sad, as if he were already forgotten and if nobody cared for him enough to keep his grave postThreadIDy...
On the board there were only the names of Tolkien and of his wife Edith, and also the names Beren and Luthien.
Now I have seen on TV that two other vertical stone boards have been added on two sides of the original board, adorned with a pattern of Numenorean tiles designed by Tolkien himself.
Returning to those old times, I was astonished that I never ever met anyone else there. I supposed that his grave will be visited by crowds of admirers of his work.
Another touching point for me, as a Pole. Tolkien was a Roman Catholic and so his grave is located in a relatively small Roman Catholic part of the cemetery. And it is surrounded mainly by graves of Polish exiles after the 2nf World War, when Poland fell under the dominion of Soviet Union.
It was so strange, to be able to visit his grave - unbearably poignant, almost like to be in Lorien!
I must have somewhere a photo of his grave, perhaps one day I will scan it and send to Taz to show everybody...