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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Galadriel’s Glade 2 ~ Frodo looks into the mirror, plus jan-u-wine's Lórien Suite 3.

Posted on 2009.06.03 at 07:11

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pearlette
pearlette at 2009-06-03 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right about book Galadriel. I really do look at LotR from the perspective of The Silmarillion, since I was so blown away by the Big Picture presented in Sil. And I loved the edgier Galadriel presented in Sil. It also makes sense of her long story.

I can't really argue with your thoughts on Lorien. ;)


When I get a chance, I hope to post about Wales. I no longer have the time or the energy to post more on my LJ more than once a week, if that. But it was a wonderful, restorative holiday and we were staying in such a beautiful region. The landscape (ancient mountains, ancient forests, hills and valleys) was positively Arthurian. I could easily imagine one of the lakes we passed -- its grey, ruffled waters nestling under the frowning cliffs of Cader Idris -- being the place where Excalibur lies buried ... When I get a chance, I'll post my photos but this is unlikely to be before the weekend.

For my birthday, my sister gave me the latest Tolkien tome: 'The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun'. :) It looks GREAT. I've still not read 'Children of Hurin' though.


Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-03 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, you were given Sigurd and Gudrun? I still haven't got it. You're the first person I've heard from who's actually read it. You make me all excited. I love that story anyway, and how cool to read it told by JRRT.

Yeah, I now read LotR from the perspective of the Silmarillion stories, too. It can't be helped: once you have heard those tales, how can they not inform your imagination when you're reading? But I can still retain a sense for where Tolkien was when he was writing LotR. I'm no purist, though. Even if he hadn't yet worked out the details of Galadriel's backstory, what he came up with (or the various versions of it) rings true with his larger history of the Noldor, what with their special gifts and challenges and weaknesses were. He seemed to veer between "proud, brilliant creator/ruler Galadriel" and a highly compassionate, all-wise, sad-smiling sort of Our Lady of the Penitent and Sorrowful. I think they're all in the mix, the versions, and I see no problem perceiving them in the canon character. If he hadn't yet explicitly formulated her character and role in M-E at that point, it was all there in nuss, in his head, simmering away in the pot of his imagination.

Oh, Wales sounds dreamy. And it's really spurring you on to some fine language: "grey, ruffled waters nestling under the frowning cliffs of Cader Idris". Hubba hubba; great, vivid description. *wants to go there*

Edited at 2009-06-03 04:37 pm (UTC)
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