Here we are, yet another year away from the fall of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring, on Tolkien Reading Day 2021. The Tolkien society have set the theme of Hope and Courage for us to dig into in some depth, and there is certainly an abundance of both qualities throughout the legendarium, and especially in the Lord of the Rings.
One of the greatest arcs throughout Tolkien’s entire legendarium is that of Samwise Gamgee. From humble gardener, to Samwise the Brave, Orc-slayer, ringbearer and Mayor of the Shire. Sam is also the character that popped into my mind when I saw the theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day, and a particular point in the journey that I have been chipping away at in preparation for an upcoming addition to my collection of Lord of the Rings art.
So in the good old fashioned since of killing two birds with one ring, this Tolkien Reading Day has covered a lot of ground for the research needed for my upcoming artwork depicting Sam and Frodo in Mordor.
Whether you’ve only just started feeling the itch to enter the world of artistry or you’ve been a part of that world for many years you have one specific area of common ground. This transcends the medium you use, whether you work traditionally or digitally. This common ground is shared by painters, sculptors, concept artists and all.
Corvus Makes a Tough Decision – The Corvids Begin Their Quest
Having heard the prophecy, Corvus is left with an impossible decision to make; does he source the Starshade herb and save his sibling only to see the whole of Corvid-kind eventually wiped out by the Darkness; or does he take up the quest and risk failing and the definite death of his sibling who is just a day or two at most away from death now?
There is no time to do both, the next full moon is less than a week away and the Crown must be retrieved by then.
Alwyn, the White Raven; hasn’t left the land around his Ancient Watchtower in over a century and the reclusive manner of his being suggests it could be just as long again before he even considers doing so, regardless of the reason.
Reluctantly, but seeing the bigger picture and knowing the outcome of not even trying to do so, Corvus decides that the only true course to take is to take up the quest of heading to Ironholde and getting the Crown.
Finbar, Munin & Hugin agree to join Corvus in the fulfillment of the prophecy and heading out on the quest and the White Raven shares with them the fragments of an old map so that they can find the way.
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“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”
– Vincent van Gogh
It seems appropriate to start this post with a quote from the post-impressionist master himself, as it was watching the recent biographical drama about the latter years of his life ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ that inspired me to create something bolder and looser than my usual work.
Happy Tolkien reading day to you all!
With this being the first year that I’ve been aware in advance of Tolkien reading day, not only do I get to read, but I also have the time to get a bit of writing done and share fully in the excitement and joy of the day!
For this years theme of Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit there are countless different options of reading that fit in to the theme; for me I have chosen to spend my reading time in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring; Concerning Hobbits.
I just had to publish a quick on the move blog post to say that the first batch of Limited Edition Giclee Prints of ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ have arrived!
Tomorrow I’ll be opening my Etsy store and these will be available to buy until the limited number have gone!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a much more in depth post!
Until then, farewell!
Elves, swords and kings… Staples of fantasy
The past couple of weeks have been more hectic and upside down than they usually are, which is saying something; between the massively unsociable hour shifts I work and decorating/upheaval going on at home; art life and blog posts have been a bit of a mythological prospect.
However, there hasn’t been total radio silence on the artwork front.
The Road Goes Ever On – Ink Drawing WIP
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
On what started out as a seemingly ordinary day just over seventeen years ago, I happened to encounter an old wizard riding into Hobbiton on his cart that had been filled with the most amazing fireworks ever seen even by the oldest of Hobbits.
It’s strange to think of how long it has been since I was first introduced to Tolkien’s incredible world, initially through the vision of Peter Jackson but that first movie whetted my appetite and I moved onto the books pretty soon thereafter.
One of many characters that I immediately warmed to and still hold close to myself even today; is Gandalf.
” He wore a tall pointed grey hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-expected Party”
“This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament.”
– Entry for the year 793 in the Anglo Saxon chronicle.
I have also seen Viking sails on the horizon of late, but unlike the poor monks of Lindisfarne I have not been filled with dread and despair; I have been filled with inspiration and the start of a new project.
Today was the final day of the Legend of Zelda project that I’ve been working on and the conclusion of the project also brings about the completed final painting.