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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Thank you, Taerie, and Good Luck, Dear Daughter!

Posted on 2006.08.29 at 18:43
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~ Detail of Taerie's "Frodo of the Shire".

One of my Frodo friends, tairie, has been preparing to move. I was surprised but pleased when I got a PM from her saying....

I am packing up to move and I ran across the original for that picture of Frodo that you liked. Would you like to have it...?
Yes, I wrote back fervently -- although I wasn’t sure which picture she meant, since she’s done several that I’ve admired tremendously.

A few days ago, coming home from work, I found a big, reinforced envelope in the door -- from Taerie. Restraining the desire to tear it open, I slit the seals carefully. I stopped breathing. I burst into tears. Inside was the original painting of “Frodo of the Shire".

Below is a much larger copy than Taerie posted at Elfwood (where I first swooned for it), and which I posted in my LJ.

~ "Frodo of the Shire", by Taerie; opaque watercolour on clayboard (actual size: 11 x 14):

ETA: I found that I did have a huge, high resolution copy of this image, which Taerie sent me originally. But it was too big to fit in my free Photobucket at the time, so I had to reduce it. I reduced it further to fit on an LJ page. But if you'd like a copy of the big one, I could email it to you as an attachment.

Here is a close-up of Frodo's face, enlarged:

Here' part of his feet, and details of the tree root and plants, enlarged:

Here's the feet and hands, as well as the book, apple, and frog, enlarged:


I burst into tears not just because Taerie would actually give this to me, as a gift, the painting that is perhaps my favourite piece of Frodo fan art I’ve ever seen, but because it is that much more beautiful in person. The detail is exquisite. The posted image doesn’t begin to do it justice.

I asked my husband on the phone if he could scan it at work, where the machine is very good. No. Sadly, the painting is a little too large to fit it.

So, I have framed it in an old oak frame, set in a cream-coloured mat, and hung it on the wall near the computer where I can look at it all the time.

When my husband gets back from Hawaii (he’s escorted our daughter to begin college there; he should be back the day after tomorrow), I’ll ask him to photograph sections of it, from very close, since he’s got the really good camera.

Taerie, it's BEAUTIFUL!!!

Thank you so much!!!

For those of you who don’t know Taerie’s Frodo work, here are some other examples from one of her recent LJ pages:

"Angel Light", "Dangerous When Wet", "Primmie's Baby"


The other point of this post was to say that our daughter has been conveyed to Hawaii to start her career at the college of her choice, to study Surfing. I mean, Nursing.

I can’t go into it because it still makes me too teary, although I am extremely happy for her and hope her dreams for the place all come true. Here are some snaps to give a flavour of my feelings, the happier ones:

~ Here she is at her first surf lesson with instructor, "Blue", on Waikiki Beach, during my first and only trip to Hawaii, 2-20-2005 (I hope there now will be more!):

For laughs, and to show off the scenery, here are some shots I took on that February 2005 visit. I had brought “Action Figure Frodo” with me. While I sat on the beach or went sight-seeing, he kept me enthused for the fic I’ve been writing, discussing points of characterization and providing informed input for the erotic sections.

~ Here is Frodo at Diamond Head (Honolulu in background), claiming Oahu for the Shire:

~ In this shot I am lolling at Lanakai beach while he tells me (for the umpteenth time) he did *not* go to Osgiliath:

~ Mechtild


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ms_banazira at 2006-08-30 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
You are one lucky Frodo-Tairie appreciator, because I agree that is one of the best pieces of fan-art ever. How generous of Taerie to gift it to you.

So your baby is off to school! She'll love it. And it's a new chapter in your life too! But I know you'll miss her and worry about her, believe me, I know. (((HUG)))
mechtild at 2006-08-30 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I am TREMENDOUSLY lucky. I couldn't believe Taerie would just give it away. I would have bought it! I exchanged some emails with her, to make sure she didn't want to change her mind. No, she said, it was making the pictures she loved, not keeping them. Now, is that an artist or is that an artist????

Yes, I am sure Rachel will love it. She got off to a rough start (lost luggage, but it was recovered the next day), but I think it sounds like she is exceedingly happy with her choice.
shirebound at 2006-08-30 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
That is a truly exquisite work of art! What a wondrous gift.

Is Frodo sitting on a dragon's egg? I had no idea they had those in Hawaii.

Tell your daughter to be sure to call and e-mail every chance she gets!

*hugs you tight*
mechtild at 2006-08-30 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
Is Frodo sitting on a dragon's egg?

Nope, Frodo is sitting on his butt. But the leaves under him are so great. Oh, you mean the picture of Frodo at Lanakai Beach! D'oh! No, that's my knee.

I wish you could see this painting in person, Shirebound. Without making the painting seem remotely busy or cluttered -- because she has been selective about which things she is going to depict in the scene -- every bit of the bark of that tree, the clasp on the notebook, the toad sitting on it, are done in the sort of detail you see on drawings by artist-naturalists from a previous century.

I am sure she will email and call. She has called four times. 1. "They lost my suitcase with all my clothes!" (found the next day) 2. "I forgot to bring my headphones!" (I sent them) 3. "The dorm still hasn't found the box you sent! I haven't got any sheets or towels!" (hopefully they have found it; no word yet; they said it was received and in the "storage room", wherever that is, under a volcano or something). 4. "Give Raoul and Angelo and Pixie a big kiss!" (the cats; I did it.) :)

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mechtild at 2006-08-30 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mews. I am lucky all around. *smooch*
alchemie at 2006-08-30 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
The artwork is absolutely stunning.

I have a question about your adventurous Frodo (fabulous pics btw)! Mine doesn't have the bendable feet (yours look like they bend at the ankles) or elbows. What's with that?
mechtild at 2006-08-30 01:35 (UTC) (Link)
{sorry; logged in as "anonymous!"}

Oh, Alchemilla, I was wowed by the image of it online, but you should see it in person. *swoons for the detail*

The action figure Frodo I have is a "Super Posable" Frodo. I think they were made for all three films. I'm not much of a toy collector, so I'm no expert, but I bought this one for the excellent face-work. But it really is excellent for posing, too. It's very small, though.

Here's a link to one of them for sale on Ebay. I think it looks like the same toy. I paid 6 or 7 dollars for mine at a ToysRus, two years ago.

alyrthia at 2006-08-30 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what lovely Frodo art. And wonderful pictures of you and him cavorting in Hawaii. Is he still there, roaming the beaches? And perhaps he can be looking after Rachel. Now wouldn't she love that? Super tiny hobbit hiding behind the blinds!!
Glad things seem to be sorting themselves out for her. We are a fellowship of mothers -- or some such thing!! Ushering our kids out into the world. Then we get to cry.
mechtild at 2006-08-30 03:02 (UTC) (Link)
No, Alyon, Frodo is not in Hawaii. He is labouring intensively here and there, or so he says (in various ribbon-tied missives delivered by large moths), inspiring other fans to art (and so forth).

As to being mothers ushering our kids into the Wide World, I was very excited about that part, and hopeful, as I know you were/are, too. But now that it's happened, I definitely feel the want of her. Perhaps just as she will appreciate us, all the more, in our absence, I will appreciate her all the more when she is not slamming in the door after school with a list of sighs and complaints, asking me to put sunscreen on her back, coming to sit on the bed in the computer room to tell me her latest thoughts, or entertaining us with antics of our three cats. I am sure similar thoughts have been passing through your mind.
sayhello at 2006-08-30 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, congrats on the lovely gift. That was *indeed* most generous of taerie, and I'm sure you'll cherish it.

I though Action-figure Frodo was sitting on an egg, too. Interesting perspective. :-)

Hope your girl-child really enjoys her experience in Hawaii! What an adventure.

mechtild at 2006-08-30 02:39 (UTC) (Link)
I hope she will love it, too.

An egg? Really? Perhaps my knee has a very fertile look.

Yes, that was extremely generous of Taerie. I've said she can change her mind at any time. I love it, but I really do feel a bit guilty about it. It's not like sending her my fic or something. One can always print off a new one. It simply isn't comparable. I suppose it would be like writing one's fic on a hand-illuminated scroll of vellum and giving that away. Sure, there'd be images of it for others to look at, but there'd only be that one hand-made scroll, with all its detail and texture and variety of hues.
mariole at 2006-08-30 05:57 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely picture, Taerie!
mechtild at 2006-08-30 12:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mariole. It is. *deeply satisfied smile*
pearlette at 2006-08-30 08:45 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. :)

How very generous of Taerie, and what a beautiful picture. :):):):):)

(((((hugs for you))))))

(((((and daughter))))))

By the way, what wouldn't I give to sit on a beach in Hawaii. :)
mechtild at 2006-08-30 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
Good morning, Pearl!

By the way, what wouldn't I give to sit on a beach in Hawaii. :)

This morning one of the emails was a photograph of Glen taken by his phone. I guess he sent it that way, too. I don't know. I'm terrible at technical things. But its something he's never tried to do. I suppose this was his "test run." It's not nearly as good as a photo from a real camera but it gets the point across: Glen in the sun on a sandy beach with azure sea behind him. The cad.

It is a VERY beautiful picture. If I can get some good detail photos, I'll post them.
whiteling at 2006-08-30 09:54 (UTC) (Link)
Golly, I'm so happy for you, Mechtild! :-)
What a wonderful and gracious thing to do of Taerie. Her Shire Frodo is a painting of truly special magnificence and I can imagine that seeing it in person is so much more awe-inspiring than looking at it on a computer monitor (or as a printout). Sadly, every reproduction takes away a good deal of the original's richness and vibrancy.

Nice Hawaii shots of Frodo. Poor guy, didn't he complain about his too warm gear? You should have given him a girdle of flowers and a full Hula attire. "Action figure Aloha Frodo" :-D
mechtild at 2006-08-30 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
You are right about how reproduced images don't reveal the beauty of the actual piece. It makes me wish all the more that I could see yours in person. Not just your superb Frodo drawings, but your paintings. I am thinking of the ones you posted a few months back, "The Blue Bird" and "The Dove in Hand". Your close-ups showed the grain of the canvas, giving hint of the texture that must be there. It just doesn't show in a digital image.

Nice Hawaii shots of Frodo. Poor guy, didn't he complain about his too warm gear? You should have given him a girdle of flowers and a full Hula attire. "Action figure Aloha Frodo" :-D

Remember this silly manip I made last year for a quick laugh? It will do here, I think:

maewyn_2 at 2006-08-30 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
You have Taerie's Frodo painting! How wonderful! I know it's gone to a very good home!

(((Mechtild))) I think I know how you feel now that Rachel has left. It's a rather hollow feeling isn't it? The house feels empty...you think of things to tell her, then realise she's not there... It'll take a little while, but you will get used to it, eventually.

I "lost" both my sons three years ago and it was rather difficult to handle at the time. Now, when they come to visit, I make the most of it and I enjoy catching up on the news.
mechtild at 2006-08-30 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Maewyn, she sent it. What a surprise and thrill! (P.S. I just posted a close-up of Frodo's head.)

The house feels empty...you think of things to tell her, then realise she's not there... It'll take a little while, but you will get used to it, eventually.

Yes, even the cats are moping around. But I know I'll get used to it. :)
taerie at 2006-08-30 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
- to study Surfing. I mean, Nursing.
I am torn between feeling utterly exhilarated (and a little homesick) for her and miserable and lonely for you. I can empathize with both sides here thoroughly.
I hope you are feeling better or will soon. I imagine that it is much too quiet in your house. Dive into your fic! (I imagine even Frodo would have felt better if he had been writing a hot fanfic)
You are very welcome for the picture! I'm glad it found a home where it could make somebody happy. (((Mechtild)))
(Also happy to have one less thing to move!)
I'm looking forward to seeing it in it's new frame too.
Well, back to work... Packing up a small farm is moving extreme.

(P.S. I didn't see a knee or dragon egg at first.. I saw a huge breast! (I'm a sick little monkey aren't I? :-D )
mechtild at 2006-08-30 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm back from work.

(P.S. I didn't see a knee or dragon egg at first.. I saw a huge breast! (I'm a sick little monkey aren't I? :-D )

Sadly, my geezy breast is even bigger than that. I make Rosamunda look small.

It is not too quiet in the house -- yet. I actually am more concerned about how my husband will take it. He's been talking about how much he'll miss her MONTHS before I could begin to imagine how I might feel. My feelings didn't set in until the eleventh hour, two days before she was going to fly. But that's me. I can never really imagine how I'll feel until it happens or is about to happen. Even then, I often am surprised at my reactions to things, whether they are more or less extreme than I would have guessed.

Taerie, again, if you change your mind and want it back, I'll return it. I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that you gave it away, to me or to anyone. *millions of smooches* When I take a picture of it in its frame, I'll post it here, but make a note that it's up.

Above, Honey (Ms. Banazira) asked what the medium was, and what it was done on. I made my best guess in my answer to her, but I'll bet I'm wrong. Would you care to comment? If you do, I'll edit the info. into the main journal entry.

Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-08-30 20:58 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness! I can see all the fantastic details on Taerie's beautiful painting. Truly a labour of love. I could study it for hours.

May I be so bold and quote Gandalf? ‘You were meant to have it’.
mechtild at 2006-08-30 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Este, would that it were so. I think I was just lucky that day, when Taerie, in her divine beneficence, happened to smile upon me, Vala-like. :D

It is lovely. I wish you could see it in person. The detail is so fine. I can see the stroke marks. (Mmmmmm...."stroke marks"....)
melyanna_65 at 2006-08-30 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie is very, very talented. I visited her LJ once and posted a comment for her beautiful Frodo's drawings.

The one she gave you is simply spectacular, and a lovely gift to cherish forever. It's in the best hands, I'm sure!

Hugs you
mechtild at 2006-08-30 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Melyanna, I would have purchased this work, had I known she was thinking of parting with it. I certainly would not have. If you read a comment higher up, you will have read that she told me, when I was trying to get her to reconsider and keep it, "It's making them that I love, not keeping them."
goldberry_b at 2006-08-31 01:10 (UTC) (Link)
So much to see!

I'm so happy you have the Frodo painting, its simply stunning.. if you find out what her medium was I'd love to know! it does look like pastel, but the fine lines! (mine alway get smudged :P) its the most lovely image of Frolijah, she captured it perfectly and I love the almost Asian flavor of the background and foliage

and hugs to you on seeing your daughter off, it must be so bittersweet!

(I adore the pics of Frodo in the Blessed Isles!)

mechtild at 2006-08-31 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
Goldberry, your icon is a riot. What the heck is it?

I have put a comment in to Tairie, asking her to remark on her medium, but, since she is moving, it may be a while until she replies.

I loved the Asian look of the design and style, too. Here's a link to the LJ entry in which I first enthused over "Frodo of the Shire." I posted a 12th century Chinese painting as a reference, so that readers who didn't know what I was talking about could see what I meant.

Ah, Action Figure Frodo was a real love about posing whenever and wherever I wanted. I got great snaps of him pursuing a hula girl in the tropical plants in the hotel courtyard. I tried to tell him she was only a bobble doll, but you know him: endurance beyond hope. He wouldn't hear a word of it, serenaded her, went down on one knee, the works. But she never looked at him (natch). ;)
majblomma2000 at 2006-08-31 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
That piece of art is just beautiful!! A perfect Frodo! :D

I came here to thank you for your wonderful comment in S_W's journal.

mechtild at 2006-08-31 18:37 (UTC) (Link)
It was a pleasure to comment, Majblomma ("mayflower"?).

It really is an exceptional piece of art, in its technique and in its vision of Frodo. She worked from his film face, but she made it into something else, something her own.
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