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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 116th Birthday to Tolkien: photos, letter #328, and a reflection.

Posted on 2008.01.03 at 15:15


whiteling at 2008-01-04 19:14 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what a beautiful post, Mechtild. Thanks so much, and happy belated birthday, dear Master Tolkien! I celebrated by watching "LOTR - The Two Towers", which was shown on TV yesterday evening. And although TT is my least favourite film in the trilogy, I enjoyed seeing it again tremendously. Last week they aired "The Fellowship", and having been to the cinemas a few days before, seeing "The Golden Compass", I again felt so grateful for the passionate, luscious film adaption PJ gifted us with. "The Golden Compass" is technically flawless, but it has no heart and no soul. At least I didn't feel it. Hubby read the book afterwards and said, it would be much better than the film. I'm not sure if I'm going to read it though.

Frodo is, I believe, a figure, or sign, of how Tolkien conjectured light could permeate his story so that it, too, might seem as "a glass filled with clear light". Frodo, the story, and its creator all are vessels through which the same light can be glimpsed. It is their work and gift, their doom and privilege to bear light that is not their own, but which can be seen through them.

Perhaps an artist's job ("Quest"?), at its most profound, is to try to make his or her work such a vessel: transparent, so that the light might be glimpsed through it, even if it is only "for eyes to see that can".

I loved this part so much! I think, artists are at their best, when they are vessels for what is flowing through them, and art is the most touching art, when this light shines through. Yep. Thanks for putting it so beautifully!

(Btw, those initals are fantastic!)
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