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NF-Lee's 3/4 Frodo sketch

Tolkien's Landscapes 5: 'The Misty Mountains' ~ picture by Tolkien, poem by jan-u-wine.

Posted on 2013.07.20 at 08:50

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Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2013-07-26 01:09 (UTC) (Link)
Aww, Bilbo--dreaming of traveling on, even in Tol Eressea, and it doesn't have to mean he's discontent with where he is anymore than mistiness denotes lurking menace alone, for mist becomes the morning dew under a warming sun. Bilbo, of course, knows this. If you can see the Misty Mountains from Rivendell and Loth Lorien alike, those mountains can also see these places of light--they inform each other. The eagles live in their heights and the hobbits may have originally come down from their foothills. And Bilbo yearned to live out his days under them.

It's very hobbity that Bilbo's love and defense of the mountains' beauty rests in the sense of smell and feel--the earthiness that Jan has caught here, more than in the sight the painting appeals to. And the yellowness dotted with green of the painting is the favorite colors of hobbits. Maybe the gold of the ring is in it, too. Bilbo can't forget the good the ring brought him in helping him accomplish his quest and giving him long life, even though how it affected Frodo grieves him. These are his Misty Mountains, not Frodo's. But maybe they have become Elanor's Misty Mountains as well.

I've never seen the painting before, so thank you once again.
jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2013-07-27 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
wow. LT, what an absolutely beautiful response. I'm blown away. I feel as if you have entered a dream-state here, but were able to speak to us in the mi(d)st of it, conveying lovely pictures of your own.

yes, I think you have hit it: these are *Bilbo's* mountains (and perhaps Ellie's) but not Frodo's. But.....perhaps, in time, they might be so.

what a lot you've given me to think on. Thank you.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2013-07-27 20:21 (UTC) (Link)
If you can see the Misty Mountains from Rivendell and Loth Lorien alike, those mountains can also see these places of light--they inform each other. The eagles live in their heights and the hobbits may have originally come down from their foothills. And Bilbo yearned to live out his days under them.

Well said, well said. Just because the mountains are the site of menacing events it doesn't therefore follow they cannot be appreciated, even loved, once those events have passed. Yes, Bilbo obviously loved living in Rivendell, nestled right under their knees.

I love your note about the green and yellow in the painting, too, the colours in which hobbits take such delight. All in all, your comment is chock full of interesting stuff, Lavender!
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