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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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Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2006-12-06 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful painting. A beautiful poem. Both artists have excelled themselves.

I'm so glad you enlarged the picture so that more detail can be seen.

A great deal of love has been put into Nan's painting. I can almost hear the splashing of the water as the little ship cuts through the sea; the cries of the gulls hovering overhead; the homeliness of the garden and smial, and the peacefulness of two old friends sitting together in intimate silence. Excellent.

I'll be honest in saying that poetry has never been my forte. However, Jan-u-wine has the knack of telling a story that goes straight to the heart. She paints her picture with words. It's a masterpiece.

Thank you for bringing both of these works of art to us all.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-06 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for commenting, Maewyn. I appreciate it.

The picture is full of charms for the Tolkien fan, isn't it? So many details and vignettes to wander through, yet the overall composition works, too. It's like a story in pictures, all with in one picture. Maybe like one of the boxes that has smaller and smaller boxes inside, each with its own picture, but all of them fitting within the one. I can't imagine attempting anything so complex.

I'll be honest in saying that poetry has never been my forte. However, Jan-u-wine has the knack of telling a story that goes straight to the heart.

Exactly so. I tended to skip over poetry entries, too, although Este in the Harem thread helped me to appreciate poetry far more, bringing in examples of beautiful love poems from past ages so that even I had to say, "Wow, that was excellently done, true and beautiful."

But Jan's poems -- for me -- read more like very intimate and highly concentrated fics, from deeply within the hearts and psyches and thought processes of their subjects. They tell stories the way that fics do, but from the inside of them, rather than from the outside. She really uses the medium of poetry to make her characters and Tolkien's world come alive in an intense and unique way.
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