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Birthday Bagginses

Happy Birthday Bagginses 2017, with jan-u-wine’s ‘A Birth Day for Heroes’, art by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Posted on 2017.09.22 at 09:40


Mary Keesling at 2017-09-22 21:05 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you and happy double-hobbit birthday

Dear Jan & Mechtild,
How I enjoyed the art, poetry, and accompanying essay.

I could see the rose-opal color in my mind. It happens to be a favorite shade of mine --- the subtler, the better.

And of course the First Song would continue to resonate 'across the universe', nothing to stop it.
I had never thought of this before. If light keeps going, after all, so will sound... ?

And the saddest line in these lovely phrases is the first -- about the burden a hero bears. Even if he wants to
escape it.

The big smile I got was from reading about the mathom,
another novel interpretation. 🙂

I very much enjoyed reading about the actual colors Tolkien used in the art... some of the last colors I'd
have expected! -- but he always surprises, and delightfully. Just as you two do.

Bless you both.
mechtild at 2017-09-22 21:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you and happy double-hobbit birthday

Ah, Mary, how lovely of you to stop by and comment, thoughtfully and appreciatively as is your wont. :)

I'd love to see this piece in color, too. Jan found a color version of 'Beyond' on line, but the colors were not those described by Hammond and Scull. So we must presume it was a photo-shopped version of the black and white reproduction by some fan artist.

"Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator" is a super book packed with fine commentary and lots of color reproductions, but there remain twenty-two reproductions of works using color elements (watercolors, colored pencils or inks) that are in black and white. I wish 'Beyond' had been one of the color ones.

Edited at 2017-09-22 09:58 pm (UTC)
jan_u_wine at 2017-09-22 23:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you and happy double-hobbit birthday

Mary, it means so much that you enjoyed the piece....and I have to take off my hat to Mech, who welcomed my very late entry with open arms, whipped it into shape, set it upon the crown of her essay & art work ....

I really do think that Music and Light are two elements that belong together, journeying into the *forever*, taking us over that still-to-be-defined bridge with them.

I cannot help but feel that Frodo would have felt that Bilbo was his gift...and Bilbo, Frodo. And I cant help but think that it was an entirely good and logical thing that they each shed the 'hero' appellation (and all the burden that goes with such) when they passed that curtain.....

I love that rose-opal color, too....I'm afraid it's becoming a motif....but....I can't help it, lol....

(btw, I wrote to Hammond and Scull re the b&w of "Beyond" several weeks ago, but have not heard back....I'm sure they are quite busy....)
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