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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Just returned from trip....

Posted on 2009.05.13 at 07:28

Hi, folks!

This is to say that I just got back last night from a two-week trip to see family.

It was a good visit, but it's good to be back, not only because of my husband and kitties but because of the computer. Normally when I'm there, since my mother has no computer, I have gone every few days to the public library to use a computer for half an hour, but this time we were all came down with colds and I never had the energy to go there.

This morning, though, I opened my email. I see several notifications of comments from readers, plus notices of new entries. It's going to take a while, but I am looking forward to catching up.

Because I can't bear to make a post with no image, here's a painting I think makes a good illustration of an Elven residence overlooking the Sea on Tol Eressëa. As soon as I saw it I imagined Frodo walking there, strolling or reading or just looking out to Sea, in case a ship might be arriving from Middle-earth.

Amalfi in Summer by Carl Frederic Aagaard:

Aagaard, Carl Frederic - Amalfi in summer

~ Mechtild


maewyn_2 at 2009-05-13 13:43 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back!

I noticed you hadn't been around much lately, and was hoping all was well.

I hope you've all recovered now. I've had a cold too, but it was mercifully mild. I wish all colds were like the one I've just had!
mechtild at 2009-05-13 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
No, I've still got the cold. If I'm still hoarse and coughing in a couple of days I'm going to stop by the clinic and see if I have a low-grade infection that can be treated.

Thanks, Maewyn!
shirebound at 2009-05-13 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back! :)
mechtild at 2009-05-13 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Shirebound. It's good to be back.
pearlette at 2009-05-13 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering where you'd been! :)

Those evocative, dreamy Amalfi paintings definitely remind one of Tol Eressëa. *happy sigh*

The new Star Trek movie is WONDERFUL, by the way. Everybody has been squeeing madly over it, and the praise is well deserved, believe me.
mechtild at 2009-05-13 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
I read the reviews when I was at my mother's and would love to have gone while I was there; they had it on IMAX. But it was not to be. Jan-u-wine texted me that it was great, too (I couldn't talk on the telephone - no voice). Maybe I'll get myself over to the movies this week, now that I'm at home, when I'm feeling better.

It's a great Tol painting, isn't it? Aagaard did some others of the same place which you might find equally evocative:


Aagaard, Carl Frederic - Pergola in Amalfi.

pearlette at 2009-05-13 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
It looks like Paradise ...

(Anonymous) at 2009-05-13 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back, Mechtild. I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit with family, but what a shame you came down with a cold. It's always good to come home isn't it?

'It was a good visit, but it's good to be back, not only because of my husbands and kitties...'

You have more than one husband?! (he he!)

That's a gorgeous painting. How lovely to think of Frodo healing in such a beautiful place. Thanks.

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2009-05-13 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! What a typo! I'll have to fix that at once. :)

Thanks, Blossom. Yes, it's good to be home. I hope I feel better soon. I want to see Star Trek!

Aren't those images oh, so Tol-ish? If you posted too soon you will have missed the other two of Aagaard's I posted in my reply to Pearl.
lame_pegasus at 2009-05-13 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
I soooo want to go there! *sighs*
mechtild at 2009-05-13 17:34 (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. A scenically rustic little hovel right next door to one of these villas would be just fine. :)
aredhelebenesse at 2009-05-13 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back home, Mechtild!
I hope you feel better now and don't have still to deal with this cold.

This beautiful picture (or pictures of this kind) was exactly what I had in mind when I read about the Blessed Island. Amalfi or even the romantic paintings of Olevano or something in Greece, they could all fit so well. Anyone should manip the perian into this picture! :D
mechtild at 2009-05-13 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
I still have the wretched cold, but I hope it will be all gone soon. Thanks for stopping by, Aredhelebenesse.

I will have to look up Olevano! Yes, scenes like these say "Tol Eressëa" and "Elves" to me. It's what I had in my mind when reading about the Elves returned from exile: blue skies, blue seas, balmy, warm weather and fragrant air, rocky coasts with white-shingled coves, the buildings made of warm stone with plenty of verdure growing over everything. Lorien, I thought, seemed more like the Undying Lands themselves, which Galadriel had lived in before she left, more perfect and less soft. But since the Numenoreans got their ideas (and a lot of their plants) from the Elves on nearby Tol Eressëa, and the descriptions of Numenor before the Downfall sounded so much like a beautiful island in the Mediterranean or the Aegean, this is what I pictured for the Tol. :)
aredhelebenesse at 2009-05-14 10:05 (UTC) (Link)
Anywhere I'd read that the Gaelic aes sídhe were by some mythologists or researchers assumed to come from anywhere around the Greek islands to Ireland. And because they remind a lot of the Elves (Fair Folk and such terms) I always pictured them rather ancient Greek looking and coming from a beautiful light blue, white and golden world to the cold north. So this version of the Undying Lands seems to be the proper and matching place for a folk like elves. Or further behind them the ainur.
mechtild at 2009-05-14 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
It's a long way, climate-wise, from the Greek Islands to Ireland. Ah, "white and blue and golden" - yes, but don't forget the green (all those trees). :)
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mechtild at 2009-05-13 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mews. I hope to feel recovered shortly, or off to the clinic I go! *g*
The One Mari
marigold6 at 2009-05-13 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome home, dear! Isn't that always the way - you catch something when you're supposed to be having a relaxing, good time.

And what a beautiful picture - very Elven.
mechtild at 2009-05-13 21:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Marigold. It's good to be back. :)
sayhello at 2009-05-14 03:25 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back! Glad you had a good trip (but sorry about the cold!) Visiting family is always a trip!

Fabulous picture. VERY evocative!

mechtild at 2009-05-14 13:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for stopping by, Hewene. Have you ever been to the idyllic parts of the Mediterranean/Aegean/Adriatic? You are a traveller, I think.
sayhello at 2009-05-14 23:14 (UTC) (Link)
I am a traveller, but must admit most of my traveling has occurred in North America & Hawaii. It's been FAR too long since I've been to England, and I went to Israel decades ago. So, long answer is, no, I haven't been to the Mediterranean/Aegean/Adriatic. It is DEFINITELY on my list!

mechtild at 2009-05-15 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
I bet you'll take some great pics if you do. :)
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2009-05-18 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back Mechling!

I hope the cold has disappeared by now.


mechtild at 2009-05-18 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Estë. I still have it, but it's finally improving. Yay!
frodosweetstuff at 2009-05-25 09:18 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back (a bit belated, I know).

That is a great pic choice!!! I too can see Frodo there (although I'd much rather see him there with Sam, showing him his new home. :)))).

mechtild at 2009-05-25 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
I'll bet Frodo adored showing him around when he finally got there. I'm sure Sam would be agog checking out all the gorgeous plantings and varieties of flowers and trees he hadn't seen before, even if he didn't care for the heights. He might make an exception since these heights are so beautiful, unlike the heights over Minas Morgul, for instance.
frodosweetstuff at 2009-05-26 08:37 (UTC) (Link)
*happy sigh*
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