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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Jan-u-wine's 'The Master Observed' and 'Frodo's Lamp', with paintings by Grimshaw and Carlsen.

Posted on 2012.07.14 at 17:39


ambree40 at 2012-07-15 20:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you both for another wonderful post. The paintings and the poems work so well, together.

The moon in the Grimshaw painting is, somehow, ominous. And the landscape has a Victorian flavor, with the ivy on the ruined battlement. It’s clear that Frodo is a stranger there, still yearning for the sweet Shire.

“In the narrow barque of his bed
he dremes upon Middle Earth,

heart flying where feet

The Carlsen painting is, somehow, much lighter. And so is the poem. You feel there is hope:

“He will find his home,

He will find
himself …”

And I hope you two will find the energy and the inspiration to produce posts like this one again.
mechtild at 2012-07-16 02:19 (UTC) (Link)
What an insightful interpretation of the Grimshaw painting, Ambree, in light of the poem it was chosen to illustrate. "It's clear that Frodo is a stranger there, still yearing for the sweet Shire." Yes, there is something strange or forbidding about it. I love it, for its enchanted quality, apart from the technical expertise, but the dark foreground (battlements, ivy) and high, eye-like moon add a sense of danger or menace to the painting -- "somehow ominous", as you say -- when Frodo's state is kept in mind.

Thanks so much for stopping in and for commenting. You have a keen eye.
jan_u_wine at 2012-07-16 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
dear ambree....i am so pleased that you enjoyed the post. Mechtild very much has a talent for finding paintings that don't simply *match* the poem....they expand the poem, make it larger and more beautiful.

and that is what she has done here.

I also hope that there will be time, energy, inspiration for more posts. thank you again!
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