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JRRT Artist and Illustrator, Chapter 2 Visons, Myths and Legends Part I

Saelind
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Mar 6 2007, 3:23am


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This is my first RR discussion so please bear with me. I have a few questions with the pictures but mostly I'm interested in your reactions and interpretations. I have tried to use the descriptions from Hammond and Scull but have tried to stay away from their interpretations.

One question to keep in mind throughout the week is: Does this picture make you think of something from Tolkien's Legendarium or in some cases where the specific connection is made, does the picture look like what you thought the scene, place etc. did when you read the text?

Northern House

“opposite this in the sketch-book was a more realistic drawing, dated 6 January 1914, of an unusual building or house with a central smoke-hole and steps that appear to lead to entrances on at least three sides. Rounded walls, a seashell-like roof, and a shaft of moonlight give it the air of a folk- or fairy-tale, and perhaps it was inspired by one. … The trees suggest a Northern forest, maybe Finland or Russia.”



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Brethil anyone?

The Man in the Moon
“The picture shows the Man in the Moon, with a long beard and tall hat, sliding earthwards on a thread…. One can identify the British Isles, Europe, India, Africa, and North America on the Earth; but there are unfamiliar continents in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, presumably Atlantis and Lemuria. Tolkien later told in The Tale of the Sun and Moon that when the Valar created the Bessel of the Moon from the last blossom of Silpion and gave it into the care of the air-spirits, but before it was lifted into the sky,, and aged elf stowed away. He built upon it ‘a little white turret… where often he climbs and watches the heavens, or the world beneath’ and ‘some indeed have named the Man in the Moon’. …as told in the Tale it seems to have been derived from the illustration: a ‘shimmering isle…Rods there were and perchance they were of ice, and they rose upon it like aëry masts, and sails were caught to them by slender threads…”

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Wudu Wyrtum Faest

Pictures from Beowulf ‘wood clinging by its roots’. “The stream pours over the cliff, the water below is black as with blood. The frost-worn trees are deformed and almost anthropomorphic. It is the dark side of Nature, twisted, restless, menacing, what Kenneth Clark called (with reference to the same part of Beowulf) the landscape of fantasy, an expression of old obsessive fears from the days when men wandered the regions of the North.”

More gnarled trees. These seem to more realistic than some of his other tree pictures. I like #50 a little better in that the picture fills up the view whereas #51 is from further away and doesn’t seem to have the “dark” feel that #50 has.


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The Tree of Amalion

‘The ‘Tree of Amalion’ drawn in The Book of Ishness dated August 1928, is stylized and carefully balanced, with little variation in leaves but with a multitude of unrealistic, highly decorative flowers. Its ground line anchors the composition; at right, the peaks support the overgrown flower and suggest the distant hills painted by Niggle.”

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Untitled (Three Friezes)

Decorative not connected with anything. I like the top one with the waves. I could see that as a nice border around a room.

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The Wood at the World’s End

“Massed together, trees comprise The Wood at the World’s End, its title a commingling of two by William Morris (The Wood beyond the World and The Well at the World’s End)."

Nice landscape but it doesn’t really have any distinguishing features other than the wave-like appearance of the dark green in the trees. The setting sun doesn’t really draw your eyes like you think it might. My eyes are drawn in a horizontal direction following the trees.

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Water, Wind & Sand

“The painting indeed captures very well the emotional flavour of rock and wave on the Cornish coast when the sea is rough but as in a dream-vision, stylized and in extraordinarily bright colours.”

The picture does seem to have an "active" quality about it.

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JRRT Artist and Illustrator, Chapter 2 Visons, Myths and Legends Part I Saelind Send a private message to Saelind Mar 6 2007, 3:23am
    The Watcher in the Water. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 6 2007, 6:46am
    I've just encountered "The Tale of the Sun and the Moon". N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 6 2007, 7:00am
        Where is Lemuria in Tolkien at all except this pic? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 6 2007, 11:18am
    "And the wood began to move" Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Mar 6 2007, 8:28am
        Sliding to not from the Earth. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 6 2007, 4:29pm
            Asterisk poems FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 6 2007, 5:17pm
            I do have a pile of Tolkien books I never seem to Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Mar 7 2007, 4:40am
        Cove comparison Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Mar 7 2007, 9:00pm
            When it comes to black & white Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Mar 8 2007, 5:49pm
    The trees around the house remind me Draupne Send a private message to Draupne Mar 6 2007, 9:50am
        "Acid rain" is the English term. /nt N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 6 2007, 4:30pm
    Roverandom dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Mar 7 2007, 2:14am
        And that's so like Howard Pyle's book "Garden Behind the Moon" Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Mar 7 2007, 11:19pm
    another version of the tree Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Mar 7 2007, 4:02am

 
 
 

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