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Runes add air of believability

Daughter of Nienna
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Apr 4 2007, 1:02am


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2. Is Tolkien a different artist-in-action than a writer-in-action
3. Does this development speak to the Dwarven culture that the Doors of Durin represent?

I think it was a give and take kind of thing in this situation with the doors going back and forth in the editing process, but the door had to match the text. I think he used the text to work out the doors, then the pictures of the doors to work out ideas for the text to make sure it worked visually.

I like the final version the best, though I do think the columns don't seem mix well with the Elvish nature of the rest of the design…but that just might fit in with the theme of Elves and Dwarves working in harmony.


4. And this is where I drop in a throwaway line about Elvish text (and stylized English text) as illustration – but you, of course, know that it’s not really throwaway at all, and just might have something to add to it.

I would add to what a.s. says. About the letter being beautiful to look at and her Tolkien quote "… because the letters were unusual and interesting…" — I think they add the air of believability, particularly because there is a entire appendix devoted to it the languages.

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JRRT Author & Illustrator, ch. 5: LOTR: Designing the Doors of Durin Luthien Rising Send a private message to Luthien Rising Mar 20 2007, 6:35pm
    that pretty Elvish script a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 21 2007, 11:18am
        "...along with the Ring inscription in tengwar..." dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Mar 21 2007, 1:30pm
            darn those ellipses anyway... a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 21 2007, 3:18pm
                *phew* dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Mar 21 2007, 3:47pm
    Tolkien the designer and Tolkien the linguist drogo Send a private message to drogo Mar 21 2007, 2:59pm
    I'm not a fan of those quasi-Greek columns. Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 21 2007, 5:27pm
        Columns Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Mar 21 2007, 7:03pm
            We can pretend Frodo drew it from memory. Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 21 2007, 8:12pm
                a couple of thing paleostone Send a private message to paleostone Mar 22 2007, 2:33am
                    In the Sil the Noldor got along well with dwarves, Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 22 2007, 10:41am
        I think Covalent capitals would have been much better. Advising Elf Send a private message to Advising Elf Mar 22 2007, 4:15pm
            How about Times New Roman capitals? Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 22 2007, 4:43pm
    Runes add air of believability Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Apr 4 2007, 1:02am

 
 
 

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