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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

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aliensouldream
aliensouldream at 2017-09-22 23:55 (UTC) (Link)
The Birthday is a happy day and these are the perfect images and words of beauty to celebrate.

I think Tolkien would have made an excellent children's book illustrator as the eyes and imagination are drawn straight into the simple shapes and flowing lines and given freedom to wander.


he and I
released the worn
thread of our story,

wove wonder anew....

Adventured beyond
silver'd Hope

and curtained time......



This lovely poem shows us ultimate faith, and a last act which becomes the first. Dreaming becomes waking to a beauty beyond dreams and the only true gift is one continually re-given.


Thanks, Mechtild and Jan, for this gorgeous post. I love seeing these. I think Tolkien must have been an actual wizard on some level as his words have the power to inspire you so deeply. Hugs xxx
Mechtild
mechtild at 2017-09-23 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
"I think Tolkien would have made an excellent children's book illustrator as the eyes and imagination are drawn straight into the simple shapes and flowing lives and given freedom to wander."

Which is just what Tolkien does with his fiction writing--giving just enough detail to make it live, vividly, but never too much, always leaving space for the reader's "imagination to wander". I think Alan Lee said he tried to do what you describe in his own illustrating--always leaving visual space for the viewer's imagination to go further than what he has made explicit in the drawing or painting, extending and enriching their experience of the piece.

Aliensouldream, your comments--and not just about illustration--make me think but also expand my heart. Thank you. :)

Edited at 2017-09-23 12:48 am (UTC)
jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2017-09-23 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
ASD......I can only echo what Mech says....the beauty of your comment (and the resonance of hers, echoing back) is just ....well, wondrous. I am not certain if Tolkien purposefully left those spaces, but he was such a careful and thorough writer that I have to believe so. And certainly his writing style and his style as an artist are similar in this way, engaging the viewer in so many different manners.

And look what his crafting engendered: this conversation, and a million others....the Music (and Light) of them traveling outward, forever....


"your comments - and not just about illustration - make me think but also expand my heart. Thank you. :)"

Amen and amen. And thank you again!

PS: you have seen/read his "Father Christmas Letters"? And/or "Mr. Bliss", "Roverandom"......certainly children's books that he illustrated. (and, of course, "The Hobbit" was meant as a children's book. It kind of makes me wonder if he always didn't live in the world of a child, at least in his most interior self.

Edited at 2017-09-23 01:43 pm (UTC)
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