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Happy Birthday, Bagginses: a manip and a poem by jan-u-wine.

Posted on 2008.09.22 at 00:04
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To celebrate the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo, this year’s mathom is a [rather silly] manip. Also presented are two poems by jan-u-wine, which are not silly at all. I am hoping her poems will dignify the manip, which is meant to be charming more than convincing. In it the illustrious cousins are wearing party crowns. Or, one could think of it as a portrait of the Halfling Prince and the, um, Halfling Regent.

Most of you will recognize the images used. Bilbo’s portrait comes from the LotR calendar made up of black-and-white photographic portraits by Pierre Vinet. Frodo's image comes from a colour portrait by Vinet, from the gorgeous series of publicity stills for FOTR of Frodo and Gandalf.

Making the manip was relatively easy. I cut out the image of Frodo, flipped it, bled out most of the colour, resized it, inserted it into place and tweaked all the parts. This meant trying to match the hues (since no black-and-white photograph is actually black-and-white), the focus and lighting. The same was done for the crown. The crown came from a site selling party favours. After I'd finished the crowns I positioned them on Bilbo and Frodo's heads, manipping in strands and wisps of hair to make the crowns sit better in their curls.

ETA: lily_the_hobbit asked below if I had a version without the crowns. In fact, I had deleted the png file with the moveable parts. Furthermore, I had done all the fine-tuning with hues and lighting after I had the crowns in place. But I thought I’d give it a go. So I cut the tops of Bilbo and Frodo’s hair out from their source pics, re-tweaked them, fit them onto the crowned version, then clone-brushed the residual crown images out. With a bit more tweaking, they looked good as new.

I hope they will do, Lily! The crownless versions are posted below the poems.


~ Bilbo and Frodo's Party Portrait: the full manip, reduced to 600 pixels wide:


For a larger version of this manip click HERE.
Be sure to click it open all the way, using the icon
hidden under the lower righ-hand corner.

~ A “close-up”: actually a head-and-shoulders crop of the full-sized image:


Jan-u-wine’s poems.

When I got the idea of making the manip for Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday, I was *hoping* that jan-u-wine might make a poem to go with a birthday manip. Happily, she made two.

To My Cousin, Upon His Birthday contains two poems, one written from young Frodo's point of view, the other from Bilbo's.

I hope you enjoy these exquisite mathoms as much as I do.


To My Cousin, Upon His Birth-day

To Bilbo:

It is our birth-day.


Like the hot,

tiny bright

of fire-works,
the word

with soft hope

the shadowy
spaces that lie hidden


If now,

at last

truly belong

am twined to something,

so is he.

It is a strange thing that a solitary

an hour,
a minute,

took all that mattered to a child's heart
from me,

brown water closing over the heads of those
I loved.

Just as odd the chance, the solitary chance,
out of all time,

that we should share this day.

Within the sharing,
like a circle which has at last come full,
I have found myself again,

found a heart
by whose side my own
might find healing.

Rich brown

over *my* head:

the beloved earth of the Hill.

At last,
I have found Home.

At last,
I have found



To Frodo:

I recall
the day the lad was born.

How should I not?

The news of it, of course,
found its way from Hall to Hill
some few days thereafter,

I wondered,
greatly, then,

that somehow I should not have known it,
upon the instant,

felt the tiny spark of his presence,
woven tight alongside my own.


did know it.

Perhaps it was the watchful

that fell upon my heart,
that day,

perhaps it was the small
happiness I felt

as the Sun touched the Hill
with the rose-gold fire

of her departure,

perhaps it fell like words
of Elvish making

from the Netted Stars themselves.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

He is

this lad,

my lad,

sunny and yet shadowed,
as if

the world were a joyous

to him,

as if he'd understood,
straight off,

that the pour'd music of

is rendered somehow

from the twining of the bitter
midst the sweet......

And it seems to me,
that he

hears them all,


the tumbling notes,
too high

(or low)
for fleshly ears to follow.

His heart
follows them,

knows them,
hears them,


I am glad you are here,
little cousin.

I am glad you are here,
upon the

of our



More of jan-u-wine's Middle-earth poetry may be found at here, at LOTR Scrapbook.

~ Bilbo and Frodo's Party Portrait *without* the crowns (600 pixels wide):


For a larger version of the “no crowns” manip click HERE.
Be sure to click it open all the way, using the icon
hidden under the lower righ-hand corner.

~ A full-sized head-and-shoulders crop of the “no crowns” version:


Related Tables of Links:

~ Frodo Art Travesty LJ entries: selected manips featuring notes on the artists, manipping techniques, and reflections or poems.

~ Album of all Frodo Art Travesties: a gallery of images only (be sure to click fully open).

~ LJ entries featuring poems by jan-u-wine.


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julchen11 at 2008-09-22 05:23 (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely manip and it isn't silly at all, sweetie. Kings of hearts I would say.

Jan's poems - oh dear... I read it more than once this morning ... the love for each other is so deep. Her words are overwhelming and simply made me cry.
Frodo needs Bilbo and Bilbo needs Frodo, I'm glad they both found their home.
I'll come back with a proper comment this evening, there's so much to think about ...

Love you both and hugs you tight,
mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:03 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, "King of hearts" -- that's right on target, Julchen (*gets cupid's arrow to the breast - AGAIN*). Yes, these were a lovely pair - the characters, and the poems.
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illyria_novia at 2008-09-22 10:25 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the poem wrenches my heart, especially the part when Frodo juxtaposes the safety of Bag End to the loss of balance caused by the death of his parents. And I love how Bilbo, the songmaker, think of Frodo in terms of his ability to intricacies and depth of songs as a metaphor of life. Gorgeous!

And the manip! Hee...I agree with Julchen. Kings of the heart, indeed. :D Thank you for the both of you for this wondrous birthday post for our beloved Bagginses.
mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
And I love how Bilbo, the songmaker, think of Frodo in terms of his ability to intricacies and depth of songs as a metaphor of life. Gorgeous!

I loved that, too. Whenever an LotR artist connects subtly to the theme of the creative music running under and through Tolkien's secondary world, it *gets* me. I hadn't thought, though, about how Bilbo himself is a songmaker. That makes it all the richer, Illyria. Thank you.
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shirebound at 2008-09-22 11:33 (UTC) (Link)
Silly is fun! And ohhh, what lovely poems.

I have found myself again,
found a heart
by whose side my own
might find healing.
mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the healing of the heart. That is a sweet theme.
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juliebeth at 2008-09-22 12:10 (UTC) (Link)
This post made me very happy, indeed. Thank you.
mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Juliebeth. I love to see the love of these two affirmed, theirs and ours. :)
bagendbabe at 2008-09-22 12:18 (UTC) (Link)
It is a lovely manip and is how they should look - happy and calm. Beautiful poems.

mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
I just love those Pierre Vinet portraits, Bagendbabe. I thought they were artistically pleasing as photographic portraits, of course, but they also drew something wonderful out of the actors. Each one seems to crystallize an aspect of the character. I'd love to have a big coffee table book of them.
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mechtild at 2008-09-22 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Bilbo's portrait *does* capture a good bit of his humour--and his sense of mischief. And I love the clear-eyed look of Frodo. He looks like the character storytellers have in their minds when they introduce a sentence, "and then our young hero, coming to the castle, and casting fear aside, boldly knocked upon the door," and so forth. He looks every bit a "young hero".

Thanks for stopping by, Mews!
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lily_the_hobbit at 2008-09-22 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
Wow... that's a gorgeous artwork, Mechtild, really! There are way too few pictures of Frodo and Bilbo together. You don't happen to have a version without the crowns that you might lend me to illustrate later chapters of my German story (it focuses on Frodo's childhood 11-33)?

The poems are amazing. The capture both characters so well. Strong, touching sentiments.
mechtild at 2008-09-22 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Lily. At the moment, no, I don't have such a manip. I put the crowns in place before I did any of the fine tuning. But it's a thought. Maybe I'll work on one. I have a rough version without the crowns, but it would take some work. It *is* lovely to see them together in these two fine Vinet portraits. I loved the ones Vinet shot of Frodo with Gandalf. It is too bad he did not shoot ones with both Frodo and Bilbo. I guess Ian Holm was there in NZ such a short time there wasn't a good opportunity.
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eandme at 2008-09-22 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting this! The mathom of the manip made me smile and the mathom of poetry made me cry. There is something about Jan-u-wine's poems that goes like an arrow to one's heart. Life in clearer colours, the myth of Middle Earth unveiling reality rather than leaving it. I love those words about Frodo as someone who hears all the notes of life because it really describes him; light and shadow, someone who loves the Shire but has seen the Eye.

I want her poems in a leatherbound volume with all the trimmings. When will it happen?
mechtild at 2008-09-22 18:39 (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, Eandme, what a beautiful, observant appreciation of jan-u-wine's LotR poems. It is wonderfully...true...to its subject--the heart of its subject--I think. It's as if she has her ear to her characters' breasts. And their minds. It *is* like "unveiling reality".

There is something about Jan-u-wine's poems that goes like an arrow to one's heart.

Oh, yes.
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frolijah_fan_54 at 2008-09-22 20:13 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful tribute to the Birthday Boys!! I don't think it's silly at all - and thanks for giving us both versions. I would love to use them in a birthday post someday (with credit to you of course) if that would be ok.

And Jan-u-wine's poems just move me to my core. What a tribute to Bilbo and the love that helped to heal Frodo. The image of the brown of the water that covered his parent's heads and broke his heart - and the brown of the earth above Bag End that helped to heal him.

ANd Bilbo's description of Frodo and how he can appreciate the joy of life more because of the sadness he has known - but of course she says it so much better than I ever could.

I can't thank you both enough for this amazing tribute to The Birthday.
mechtild at 2008-09-22 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
Frolijah Fan, I am so pleased you enjoyed the tribute, both the manip and Jan's poems. Her poems are so beautifully observed. And they let us see the characters through eyes that love them. Let us raise our glasses! Oh -- I see Frodo has already done so in your icon. (What a cool background it has!)
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melyanna_65 at 2008-09-22 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I love the manips and the poems are also so beautiful. I think that Frodo and Bilbo completed each other's, in a strong and unique kind of relationship.

Thanks and many hobbity hugs
mechtild at 2008-09-22 23:52 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for stopping in, Melyanna. I'm so happy you enjoyed all the mathoms. We loved making them!
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magpie_2 at 2008-09-23 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
oh mechtild! I'm completely smitten, not silly *shakes head*

and Jan, the poems are making me teary eyed, just lovely!

Thank you both dears!
mechtild at 2008-09-23 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't he--aren't they--the loveliest, most lovable--oh, bother! I can't even talk properly. They just bowl me over.

Jan's done glorious work again, hasn't she? I love Sept. 22.
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Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2008-09-23 04:00 (UTC) (Link)
Heeeheee with the crowns!! But what a gorgeous portrait all the same and without them! And what lovely poems--I especially love Bilbo's poem to Frodo.

And for some Baggins birthday silliness I posted here and the silliness continues here.

And if Frodolijah-eyed koalas aren't enough, here's a Frodolijah-eyed pirate, meezer style.
(Anonymous) at 2008-09-23 12:13 (UTC) (Link)
Dear LT, thank you so much! And....I like Bilbo's poem to Frodo best, myself. Somehow I felt that Frodo's should be more terse, sort of depicting a youth who still might not be able to express the fullness of his feelings, while Bilbo's should run a little untrue to his 'hurried' and rascally sort of nature, showing how the experience of being with his young cousin had really impacted his life.

Glad you enjoyed!

(Anonymous) at 2008-09-23 15:41 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, what a wonderful birthday tribute for our two lovely hobbits!

If there were such things as party hats in the Shire, I'm sure these two would have donned them at their 'lively' combined birthday-parties ~ especially after downing a glass (or three!) of the old Winyards! I love the portraits of dear Frodo and Bilbo together. You are so good at these manips, Mechtild.

And Jan ~ as always, your poems speak to the heart. Beautiful!

~ Blossom.

mechtild at 2008-09-23 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Do you mean those old-style paper party hats that look (and probably were) homemade? I wish I could have found some images of them. I had to make do with crowns. It took me long enough to find some party crowns that didn't look like The Little Princess--or Burger King, lol!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the birthday tribute, Blossom. I definitely enjoyed putting it together.
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telstar_gold at 2008-09-26 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
What an adorable pair of hobbits, so jaunty looking in their crowns!

And Jan's poems, as usual, leave me groping for words to express how wonderful they are. In particular, the last section of the second one, where Bilbo muses on what makes Frodo "different", I find incredibly moving.

Thanks to you both for a fabulous birthday post!
mechtild at 2008-09-26 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
Throwing this "party" was our pleasure, Telstar. Thanks for stopping in!

In particular, the last section of the second one, where Bilbo muses on what makes Frodo "different", I find incredibly moving.

Yes, indeed. *sigh*
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Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2008-09-28 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful images, Mechling.

There is always room for a little silliness, it creates balance.

And oh such touching poetry.

...felt the tiny spark of his presence,
woven tight alongside my own.

Whenever I read the LOTR I too feel Frodo's presence. I love him still. I'm into my eighth year of the Frodo-love and all I can say is - time flies indeed.

Thank you ladies.


...felt the tiny spark of his presence,
woven tight alongside my own.
mechtild at 2008-09-28 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
Estë, it's lovely to see you. *smooch* The poem is full of perfect little touches like that. Jan-u-wine is just so goooood. :)

May the Frodo-love go on!
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