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Mt. Doom river of fire

For the Anniversary of March 25: Jan's 'The Plea of the Evenstar' , art by Bandwench and Alan Lee.

Posted on 2012.03.25 at 08:12


antane at 2012-03-25 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Day! Well, of course, another masterpiece as expected! Le hannon, both of you dears! So true that the magnitude of Frodo's sacrifice should have an equal reward. I love the whole poem, but the ending the most. Another great work of art is The Last Ship by Tim Kirk. I think of it being Frodo (and think I've read it is Frodo) but lately I've been wondering if it was Sam, who would be on the last ship, not Frodo. And more moving it would be if it was Sam, who despite his fear of boats and water, is standing so high up to get his first glimpse of the treasure there waiting for him.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
mechtild at 2012-03-25 19:24 (UTC) (Link)
Do you mean this one, Antane? 'The Last Shore'?


Jan-u-wine likes this painting quite a lot. I think she said it was supposed to be Frodo, but she would know best. Perhaps she will say when she comments.

Thanks so much for stopping in. It was a splendid treatment of the material, wasn't it, Jan's poem? I was so moved.
antane at 2012-03-25 19:42 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, yes, I do mean that - my poor memory! Now that ruins my whole thought - but either way it's a lovely picture and I do so love Arwen's plea here and the compassionate love she shows. One day hopefully that will be shown in a film. Frodo did indeed deserve more than what anyone could have given. Only she could have offered such a gift as she did with the blessing of the Valar. Love that picture also of 'her' - it does indeed fit her well!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
mechtild at 2012-03-25 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
Don't let it ruin your thought, paint a new picture! The Very Last Ship, you could call it. :)

I'd love to see that scene in a film, too. My great wish is that it be made into a BBC miniseries, so that they could tell more of the story, the scenes that are so well suited to television: the scenes between fewer speakers. I would love to see all the scenes from the book with Frodo, of course, but I'd especially love to see those moments when Frodo is awed by one of Tolkien's near-iconic female characters. The trilogy gave us some very memborable moments between Frodo and Galadriel, but I'd love to see him in the presence of Goldberry, first seeing her, hearing her in various rooms around him, unseen, hearing the enchanted/enchanting rain-singing that entered his imagination and was heard again in his dream of the Far Green Country. I'd love to see the book moment when he first sees Arwen in Rivendell, asking, in a hushed voice who she is, awed and intrigued. I don't mean to suggest I'd like a swoony Frodo, but someone who, in the presence of these goddess-like women, feels wonder akin to reverence, with a wish to put himself at their service. The courtly, knightly side of Frodo is enhanced in these little moments. That side shows strongly in the Amon Hen [DOH! - meant Henneth Annun, not Amon Hen - DOH!] scenes with Faramir, too -- the book scenes, not the film's (!).

Edited at 2012-03-27 01:00 am (UTC)
jan_u_wine at 2012-03-26 16:51 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Antane! I'm so glad that you liked the post so much. I like the poem a lot myself, since i don't write much in Arwen's 'voice', but i must mention that i was awed by Mechtild's intro. All the elements of these pieces are of equal importance, and i think this is an example of some of our best work!

Re the Kirk picture: I believe that it is Frodo. I say this because, if you look at Kirk's "Frodo Meditates" it looks very much like the hobbit in "The Last Ship"

I have a signed copy of a card-sized one of these and also a larger version which was actually painted (with changes to avoid copyright issues) by the same lady who did the commissions for me (Across So Wide A Sea and A Fairer Than Most Birthday)

I guess you could write to Tim and ask him if that is Frodo, but i think it is. And...i guess (for me) if it were Sam...well, that would make it just as special.

i have a Tim story: a few years back, we were up in H'wood, getting ready for a Hall of Fire. I was in the kitchen of the venue, putting snackies together, when a man came in, asking where there was an office supply store. I was really impatient and looked up snappishly. It was Tim Kirk!!!

I say (intelligently): "you're Tim Kirk!"

he says, "yes. Now...where is there a Staples?"

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