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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Thank you's for beautiful gifts of art....

Posted on 2006.11.19 at 15:08


mechtild at 2006-11-23 14:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Frodo's Mum, on behalf of myself and the artists and/or presenters. Reading your comment, I realised I hadn't provided a close-up of Whiteling's drawing, so that interested parties could look at the pencil work. I added an image after I read your comment.

But do you see what I mean about how close-ups helped in the LJ presentation of Taerie's Frodo of the Shire? Her detailed style was so interesting and such a part of the painting's magic, I didn't see how it could be conveyed without out some detailed close-ups, especially for people actually interested in how artist's achieve their effects.

I still can't believe she just gave it away. I "give away" my fic, but that's standard practice in fanfic; it's never for sale, if only because it's against copyright law to make money from it. But, even so, it's not comparable to the situation for a painting or drawing. There may be many images of a work of fan art, but there is only one original. When writing a story or poem, there isn't really an "original" at all. Only books that are actually published and one can own can be collected in the same way, like people who buy first editions that have been signed by the author.
frodos_mum at 2006-11-24 08:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mechtild. Yes, I do see what you mean about providing details of a painting, I can assure you.
I promise that I will do that when I put the chronological sequence of my Frodo and Sam painting onto my art site. Not sure when that will be. It takes such a long time for me to upload pics to the site because I am on slow old dial-up Internet. Grrr. So I tend to put off things like that until I know I've got a bit of time up my sleeve.

Hey, I can't believe that Taerie would just give away an original painting either! That is very generous of her. You must have been so pleased when she gave it to you. It's such a gorgeous picture.

Good grief...Imagine if there really were people out there trying to sell their fan-fics based on Tolkien's work...what cheek!
Actually, I did see a slash fiction story for sale on eBay recently. It was about The Fellowship, particularly Boromir and Aragorn (I think.)
The start bid they wanted was $30.00. No-one bought it.
mechtild at 2006-11-24 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to the posts presenting your paintings, dial-up and all. Yes, I was totally floored when Taerie emailed me and asked if I would like to have it. "We're moving and I thought I'd get rid of some things."

The person selling fic on Ebay is barking up the wrong tree. It's quite illegal to sell fanfic. Fic writers post disclaimers at the heads of their fics (that they are making no money and that the characters and story belong to Tolkien), but I think that technically it's illegal even post fics for free. But most writers or their estates turn a blind eye since it's an expression of love for the original, drums up more readers, and takes nothing away from them financially, etc. But I am sure the Tolkien estate checks around.

I've visited websites that are just doing reference projects or offering essays on Tolkien where they had posted copies of JRRT's watercolours or maps to illustrate their site, which then had been taken down by request of the Tolkien estate. Of course the estate can't police every site out there, but that they saw and spoke to these sites shows me that someone actually is checking.
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