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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Lothlórien Pt. 3 – “Welcome, Frodo” ~ Galadriel greets the Ring-bearer….

Posted on 2007.03.10 at 17:51


frodos_mum at 2007-03-11 13:23 (UTC) (Link)
SO beautiful. Thanks Mechtild. I love the natural light versions, and the purple Frodo screencaps are magnificent too.

I read a few of the conversations in that 'purple' post while I was there, and you have written exactly what I believe I was thinking when I saw Film Frodo for the very first time - not that I had put those feelings into words at all.

A couple of quotes from your comments in reply to Este describe it rather well:
" Film-Frodo's male beauty is so ravishing, it is literally out of this world. Sometimes, when I think of the reaction Frodo has elicited from us extreme film Frodo fans, I think it must have come out of a yearning that had been a long time in the making. It's as if film-Frodo has been a figure haunting our aesthetic and erotic imaginations, perhaps all our lives, only we hadn't realise it until we saw it brought to heart-stopping life on a screen. There was our half-glimpsed dream lover unveiled: beauitful in an otherworldly way, but warm, breathing, speaking, and enlivened by a soul of luminous beauty."
"But I think even before the films, all of us had partially formed images in our minds -- which are creations of sorts -- images which represented some sort of unattainable ideal of the lover we pined for, and of which we were only dimly aware. What we saw on the screen was so overwhelming to many of us, it was as if that half-known dream lover had been brought to life, fully-formed, enfleshed in this beautiful character played by this exquisite-looking young man, beautifully costumed and lit and photographed, in gorgeous scene after gorgeous scene.
I think many of us felt as if "the marble had come to life". And we were a'goners."

You've hit the nail right on the head, Mechtild.
So thanks for your insightful, inspirational writing. (I think I've just been inspired to start a painting featuring Lothlorien Frodo.)

Btw, I put a photo sequence of my most recent painting onto my LOTR art website a while ago. Here's the link if you haven't seen it yet and would like to.

mechtild at 2007-03-11 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
I wrote that??!! I had forgotten I wrote that in that post. When I prepared the "Purple Lorien" link for this Lothlorien entry, I hadn't bothered to go back and read what I had written. That still is my "summa", so far, of why I think I went dotty over film-Frodo. Thank you so much for finding it again. I wondered where I had said things like that (other than ages ago in a messageboard thread).

I suppose that quality of his -- and the feelings it brought forth -- is one of the things that moved me to make art manips. I only wish there were more wonderful paintings to put Frodo into. The art manips that work best tap into that sense I have of him being young Cupid come to life, a 21st century god of love who came up out of the cultural sub-conscious to appear onscreen, larger than life, to invade my thoughts and bring me to my jaded knees.

I will definitely have a an announcement on your LJ? I don't remember seeing one scrolling the f-list, but maybe I missed it.
mechtild at 2007-03-12 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, la la! Anne, I opened your link at last. What a beautiful piece! I love and appreciate the way you explained your method and medium and showed your stages. At every stage it has magic - lovely rendering to start with, and ethereal colour effects. You are so GOOD!

I hope you are going to do an LJ announcement for the piece, or post it at hobbit_art. It should be more widely seen!

P.S. I loved the swirling effect: Frodo in a beautiful vortex. Whatever did you use to do that?
frodos_mum at 2007-03-15 02:55 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mechtild.
Thank you for the lovely comments. I'm so pleased that you liked the painting of Frodo.

Maybe I will try to submit it at hobbit_art. Is that an LJ or a website?

The swirly effect is quite lovely, isn't it. It was done using a photo effects programme of my sister's which was on my previous computer - I must borrow her disc to get it onto this computer!
mechtild at 2007-03-15 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
hobbit_art is an LJ community. People can register to be members there (it's automatically approved), then they can post their work, either right in the community's pages, or making a post that merely announces the posted work that is linked to somewhere else (such as in their own LJ's or websites). Below is their link so that you can browse the site and see how it looks. Posting instructions on the community's User Info page:


I don't know how many people look at the entries, but hobbit_art has a big f-list. Also, the admins. for the community usually post an announcement of new entries into the bigger Tolkien LJ community, a sort of online bulletin board, called Middle-earth News ( middleearthnews. That's another place where you can let people know about new work as long as it's Tolkien-related. A lot of people subscribe to it. You should check out that site, too. In that community, you don't post your entry there; you email a blurb to them according to their format, and they post your blurb (with a link) in the next newsletter. The intstructions are on the User Info page:

frodos_mum at 2007-03-16 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for the information and the links.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-03-13 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much, Frodo's-Mum, for the link. Your art is beautiful and appealing. It is a pleasure to look at.
frodos_mum at 2007-03-15 03:02 (UTC) (Link)

Frodo painting

Thank you for your lovely comment, Este. I'm glad that you like my Frodo artwork.
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