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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Tolkien's Landscapes 3: 'Moonlight on a Wood' ~ picture by Tolkien, poem by jan-u-wine.

Posted on 2013.07.04 at 18:11


ambree40 at 2013-07-05 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
It was only after I had read Jan’s poem that I realized Tolkien had painted moonlight not just in any forest but in a pine forest. I love that early clue of “needles of scent” in the poem. Then, at the end, you realize that they are real pine needles on the forest floor and that the painting shows the structure of pine trees. Very interesting.
jan_u_wine at 2013-07-05 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
well, I have to admit that I do not see pine needles there.....but there has to be....unless, of course, the robots that i suspect are hiding off-screen have swept them all up.....

such a clean forest. In looking at it, i kept hearing the lines from Camelot, where Arthur is telling the soon-to-be-queen that the leaves are 'swept into neat little piles' "after sundown, of course". "of course"

This picture touches me in a way i had not expected it to. It's a very interesting piece indeed.
ambree40 at 2013-07-05 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
Must have been the botanist in me, suddenly "seeing" the pine trees in the painting and making up the rest. ;-)
jan_u_wine at 2013-07-05 22:16 (UTC) (Link)
i think it is logical to assume they are there......
mechtild at 2013-07-05 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
I loved "needles of scent" too. It enhances all the sharp straight lines in the piece, the angled ones like lances, the verticals like racks or sprays of spears and arrows.
jan_u_wine at 2013-07-05 19:22 (UTC) (Link)
i do these things all unawares you know, and stand amazed when you point something like this out.

It's nice. I get to enjoy the poem just as if i did not write it.

Edited at 2013-07-05 11:26 pm (UTC)
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