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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nan Gagnon's "Reunion", plus Jan-u-wine's "Across So Wide a Sea"....

Posted on 2006.12.02 at 06:10

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taerie
taerie at 2006-12-05 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
That was beautiful.. I wish I had words to tell of my feelings about this. Jan has the words alright. I don't think I have EVER read someones work that expresses more of this strange sorrow and joy that makes this story live and live. I SO wish Tolkien could have read it. I bet he would be writing her fan letters.
(No fan letters for us though. Heh.)
Thank you for posting the close ups of the paintings!! You indulge me in one of my favorite activities although I usually have to go to a museum to enjoy it. Getting close enough to see the brushstrokes. I can almost smell the paint. (A smell that I love!)
That sort of panelly kind of art that tells a story like a graphic novel is something I particularly like too although I never tried it myself. (probablly because I never envision anything of mine hanging on a wall.) It is quite beautiful both in style and color and content. Thanks!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-05 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, how lovely that you have stopped by! I was so hoping you would see this post. This poem and the art that illustrates it move me very much. But you know I'm a sucker for Jan's eye for seeing through the eyes of her characters. She lets us see what they see, which, somehow - magically - allows us to see them - deeply.

As for the painting, I just love the concept of it, what the painter has attempted and managed to pull off. It's so full of both stillness and movement. The clouds, the sea surface, the grasses, the gulls, the hair on the characters' heads are all moving, yet the mountains are still and solid, Bag End securely tucked under the hillside of grass, and the stars overhead burn with steady light.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-12-07 23:02 (UTC) (Link)

Stillness and movement

The clouds, the sea surface, the grasses, the gulls, the hair on the characters' heads are all moving, yet the mountains are still and solid, Bag End securely tucked under the hillside of grass, and the stars overhead burn with steady light.

The movement of the sea is beautifully painted, I can practically hear the crying of the gulls ... it's very effective.

The starlight is a beautiful touch ... it speaks powerfully of peace and tranquillity, the two hobbits at rest, and at home, underneath the stars of Elbereth. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-08 00:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stillness and movement

The stars are in the poem, but I love the way she included them. The way they appear over Bag End (in the smoking vignette in the lower right quadrant), they seem like Mirrormere, as someone pointed out above -- stars reflected in a body of water nestled at the foot of the mountains above, which are painted in the larger scale.
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