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The Passage of the Marshes – Oil Painting on Canvas – JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings Fantasy Art Illustration

Middle Earth, Paintings

Let’s take a journey through the Dead Marshes with Frodo, Sam and Gollum

‘The Passage of the Marshes’ is a piece of Middle-earth art inspired by JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy; The Lord of the Rings. This scene is taken from The Two Towers and tells part of the journey of Frodo and Sam as they head to Mordor to destroy the One Ring.

We pick up the story at the point where Smeagol has been captured by the two hobbits, Frodo and Sam and has been tamed, swearing a promise to ‘”serve the master of the precious.”‘ Although both hobbits are reluctant to trust him, they request that he guides them to Mordor as he knows the area.

The final paragraph of The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter I –

In the deep of night under hard clear stars they set off. Gollum led them back northward for a while along the way they had come; then he slanted to the right away from the steep edge of the Emyn Muil, down the broken stony slopes towards the vast fens below. They faded swiftly and softly into the darkness. Over all the leagues of waste before the gates of Mordor there was a black silence.

Now moving onto The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter II –