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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

"In Dremes" by jan-u-wine, with three paintings.

Posted on 2010.03.22 at 09:18


mechtild at 2010-03-22 15:46 (UTC) (Link)
Your remarks about the choice of illustrations warms the cockles of my heart, Mews. Those are the connections I made, too. Thanks so much for stopping in.

ETA: I just checked to see when that drawing of Bilbo as a small figure in the halls of Bag End, awash with filtered light coming in through the windows, was made. It's a scan from my copy of "The Hobbit" illustrated by Lee. Since the copyright is 1997, Lee did these before the trilogy went into design and production. I wonder if this illustration was in the back of someone's mind when that scene at the end of RotK was conceived? I mean the one of Frodo wandering around Bag End alone, the voice over wondering how someone so wounded can go back to his old life. That scene and this drawing really, really remind me of each other.

Edited at 2010-03-22 03:51 pm (UTC)
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mechtild at 2010-03-22 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
[Revised for better clarity]

*Just* what I thought when I saw the drawing in "The Hobbit", and what I hoped people would see when I posted it here.

I bought the book new this year, not realising it wasn't a recent release, until now -- because your comment made me check. But several months ago when I purchased the book I saw the resemblance at once. I think I was assuming Lee really liked the shot in RotK and based his Hobbit drawing on it, or else Lee did the concept drawing for the RotK scene, then redid it for Bilbo. Now that I see the Hobbit illustration predates the film, I am sure the RotK scene was based on a Lee concept working from this drawing, or else PJ saw this illustration before they began filming and said, "Alan, I want the shot of Frodo after the War to look just like this."

I actually think the drawing works beautifully for Bilbo. The plate appears in the book early, when Bilbo is introduced, and, as readers know, the Bilbo Gandalf persuades into joining the expedition already had a secret place inside him that wanted something more, something beyond his home and Hobbiton. I think this drawing says that, too.

Edited at 2010-03-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
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