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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 1 ~ Anniversary of March 25th, featuring Jan-u-wine's "They All Imagine".

Posted on 2008.03.25 at 07:56


Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2008-03-25 20:43 (UTC) (Link)
Together, you and jan-u-wine, are a wonderful blend of visual and written feelings. Thank you for this post and happy March 25.

I was enjoying the pics and I remembered that the movie Rivendell is Alan Lee's creation. We owe his poetic soul not only the Last Homely House, but a lot of the movie vision. The magic, the lightness and the poetry of the Rivendell scenography tell also of his love for LotR.
How lucky to have these artists in a film!
mechtild at 2008-03-25 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, we owe Alan Lee a lot. He adored working on this design, and even on the set. You know how I love Mr. Lee! :)

OT: Estelanui, I just wanted you to know that I started reading the Vorkosigan saga, based on your recommendation. You said they could be read in any order, but I decided to read them according to chronological order according to story content. I liked the first two books very much, about Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan, Sergeant Bothari, Piotr Vorkosigan, the Empress whatever-her-name-was, etc. While I enjoyed the break-neck adventure of the early Miles Vorkosigan books, I still thought of them as "light entertainment", like fun episodes of Star Trek. But the last ones I read, "Brothers in Arms" and "Mirror Dance", dug a little deeper. The introduction of Miles' dark twin was an excellent device, and his development in "Mirror Dance" made that book that much better. His perspective shone the light on the values of Miles and his people (in the Mercenaries and back on Barrayar) that much more clearly, because of his opposition, and gradual conversion.

The best thing about the book for me was the return of Aral and Cordelia (and better than ever!). The further development of Elena, Ivan and Gregor were welcome things, too. But it was the introduction of the character of Mark that brought their development out. I am so glad she invented him! I'm going to start reading "Memory" tonight.

Thanks for the recs, Estelanui. First books by Jean Shinoda Bolen, now Lois McMaster Bujold. I've been enjoying them.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2008-03-26 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
I’m so glad you are enjoying the Vorkosigan saga and I‘m a bit envious remembering the fun during the first reading if the books, especially ‘Memory’.
You pointed out perfectly the difference in the books of the saga. The characters and the universe are the same and well consistent but the ‘pace’ of each story is different. I found Bujold’s saga hardly repetitive, she like to experiment.
I agree Mark is an excellent device. Vor saga is full of opposite characters and cultures; Bujolds use often this contrast to emphasize and to depth her themes.
I love madly Cordelia and Aral, their presence lights up always the story. I like their apparently different natures and I long for another new book with their story or POV.

I own you a reply on ‘Goddesses in every woman’ by JS Bolen. I finished this outstanding book only last Monday, I will reply you asap.

Edited at 2008-03-26 11:34 pm (UTC)
mechtild at 2008-03-27 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm 2/3rds of the way through "Memory". It's great so far! Miles is developing very well, but, better, we get to know Gregor and Simon Illyia lots better, two characters I've wanted to know better. And Alys Vorpatril -- I've liked her since she gave birth during the uprising. Even Ivan is really coming along. And CORDELIA (my heroine!) has just reappeared. Hot dog!
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2008-03-27 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
*squeeee with you* :)
(Anonymous) at 2008-04-01 04:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Estelanui! It's been a happy collaboration for me, and I thank Mech again for hosting the poems, and providing such incredible show-cases for them.

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