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Previously undiscovered 'Lord of the Rings' illustrations unearthed by literary researcher


Sep 19 2012, 5:44pm

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Previously undiscovered 'Lord of the Rings' illustrations unearthed by literary researcher Can't Post

A University of Otago literary researcher has uncovered some hitherto unknown paintings and drawings for the Lord of the Rings that the book's famous author, the late J.R.R. Tolkien, had believed best depicted the scenes in his un-illustrated novel.




Sep 19 2012, 8:14pm

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A thread has already been started on this topic... [In reply to] Can't Post

You can find it here.

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Sep 20 2012, 6:02pm

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Note --> new link inside that leads to additional pictures not in the first thread [In reply to] Can't Post

...thanks to Lorisilme for pointing that out. I think, for that reason, we'll let this post stand (that, and the other thread is now on p. 2

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Sep 20 2012, 6:39pm

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Thanks guys [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the second illustration shown at this link (a TLS cover piece?) is significant justification for unlocking this thread.

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Sep 20 2012, 11:48pm

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A radio interview with more details [In reply to] Can't Post

can be found here:

Scroll down to "Literary detective Dr. Paul Tankard".

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Sep 21 2012, 1:11pm

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That illustration of Galadriel [In reply to] Can't Post

is really of note, isn't it? It might be a depiction of this particular moment:

"She lifted up her white arms, and spread out her hands towards the East in a gesture of rejection and denial. Earendil, the Evening Star, most beloved of the Elves, shone clear above. So bright was it that the figure of the Elven-lady cast a dim shadow on the ground. Its rays glanced upon a ring about her finger; it glittered like polished gold overlaid with silver light, and a white stone in it twinkled as if the Even-star had come down to rest upon her hand. Frodo gazed at the ring with awe; for suddenly it seemed to him that he understood."

Notice her right hand is slightly brighter than the rest of her? And also that Frodo and Sam are rather 'greyed out'?

Seems precisely matched to the wording. Except, the long hair braid - wonder where that idea came from.


Sep 21 2012, 8:32pm

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Sorry. Didn't really notice that one of the pics was new... [In reply to] Can't Post

Not that it still couldn't have been posted about in the previous discussion. Still, my apologies.

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