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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


Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2017-09-23 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Baggins's Birthday to you both!

Beautiful poem of them being unburdened across the Sea--thank you, Jan. It's so lovely to get this glimpse of their happy continuance. I love music tangling in Light's clothes--bringing the sense of touch into the dance of sight and sound. The scent of parchment and bindings mingling with sea salt must be there, too.

Metchild, I guess the pink trilogy covers of the early paperback editions weren't so off, but picking up from the spirit of Tolkien's illustrations like this one. I like the glow of the star on the mountain--the only part of the pic that shows light reflecting. It's a very sparse pic.

Edited at 2017-09-23 01:50 am (UTC)
mechtild at 2017-09-23 03:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is spare, Lavender, but it works for me. I'd love to see it in color. The colors described remind me of others of his early watercolors, very imaginative, with simplified shapes in compositions that flow, using bold but attractive colors. I'm thinking of the 1915 "Shores of Faerie" ( https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/mechtild/7380611/80100/80100_800.jpg ), 1914's 'Water, Wind and Sand' ( https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/mechtild/7380611/104239/104239_800.jpg ), or 'Tanaqui' from 1915 ( https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/mechtild/7380611/104652/104652_800.jpg ).

I love what you say about how the poem engages all the reader's senses: "music tangling in Light's clothes--bringing a sense of touch into the the dance of sight and sound. The scent of parchment and bindings mingling with sea salt..."
jan_u_wine at 2017-09-23 13:54 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Lavender.....thank you! With you (and Mech), i missed the colors that are in his other (similar) works...and yet I loved the b&w, loved working with it within a frame of words, making them thus *less* colorful, a bit more sombre.

(but must also admit that adored working / writing to "Shores of Faerie" with its explosion of color, its adventurous lines, the ideas and feelings it engendered)

it's a wondrous thing to be a part of this Tolkien-world, sharing our own Fellowship, engaging and being engaged. Thank you! (and surely, yes, the scent of parchment must've mingled with the sea salt....and the singular scent of bitter black ink....although perhaps ink, upon the Tol, and made of Tol-ish plants, smelled differently.....oh, dear....another thing to think about.....!
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