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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


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. :)
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