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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

March 23: jan-u-wine's 'Report From the Road', illustration by Eissmann.

Posted on 2011.03.23 at 09:35


verangel at 2011-03-25 22:13 (UTC) (Link)

"Right here
beside me
I miss you.

It isn't ever
going to come
is it?"

Oh Sam. No it isn't although joys to come, but they are not the same. Nothing is ever the same.

a memory'd smile
to greet you with.
happiness lives
and dies
in the confusion
of your eyes"

Finding a "memory'd smile". THAT made me feel Sam's despair which is wrote all over his face in this picture. He is lost in being alone and yet being there with Frodo and knowing that Frodo is lost from him almost.
Nothing is ever the same until they meet again on shores far away and he sees a Frodo healed and waiting for him.

This is a very harsh rendition of hobits but it shows the pain and confusion so strong. I can't get past the hairy thighs! It distracts me away from the faces. I don't know where she thought their thighs were that hairy. Are they apelike under their cloths? *no...not accepting that*
love you both dearly...xoxooxo hugs v

mechtild at 2011-03-25 22:31 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Verangel. I am about to prepare dinner so I can't get to the rest of the comments yet, but I had to take time out to answer this one. I don't think Eissmann meant to show Frodo with hairy thighs, but was trying to depict the "long hairy breeches of some unclean beast-fell" that Sam found for Frodo to wear in the Tower, preparing for their escape. But the way the "hairy breeches" emerge from below what is supposed to be the "tunic of dirty leather", it easily could be construed as furry hobbit thighs emerging from a pair of short, ragged breeches. Perhaps now you can think better of the illustration.

They are very angular and thin-faced, yes, but I think it suits this scene -- if that's what you mean by "harsh". Eissmann's faces generally have a thin, angular look to them, however, no matter who is being depicted or the state of their health. It is a fault in her portrayals, I think, but not in this picture, where the subjects are actually supposed to be worn and starving.

I, too, love the notion of Sam trying to wear a remembered smile. It's a small but brilliant touch. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Verangel. :)
jan_u_wine at 2011-05-06 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
you always write the loveliest, most passionate comments, dear Verangel (like I imagine that an angel would!). Thank you so much, and I'm very glad that you enjoyed this.....
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