Ted Nasmith -White Ships from Valinor (detail)
Lúthien Tinúviel by Ted Nasmith
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Book III, Chapter One - The Departure of Boromir
From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls;
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
'What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away.’
'Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he fought.
His cloven shield, his broken sword, they to the water brought.
His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid to rest;
And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its breast.’
'O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward gaze
To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.’
There are fewer than 820 Icelandic goats left on the planet, and nearly half that population will be slaughtered in less than a month when the Haafell goat farm is foreclosed upon. This species is in a fragile state after suffering from a severe population decrease, and if the money isn’t raised to save the farm, their already small number will be reduced even further.
There is an IndieGoGo page set up in the farm’s honor, and they are only halfway to their goal with 18 days left. There are a ton of great perks available, many of which come from the farm itself. If you can, please donate.
Catch Constance G.J. Wagner at Dragon Con 2014 at the Tolkien Track! She will be discussing all things Tolkien, from the films and books to in-depth explorations of women in Tolkien’s works, to the whole process from brainstorming to getting your work published. All her panels are at Marriott, L401-403, this coming Saturday and Sunday.
No definite date yet, but it’s scheduled for 2015.
… and in the midst, set upon a green terrace, there stands aloft a great hall of Men. And it seems to my eyes that it is thatched with gold. The light of it shines far over the land. — The King of the Golden Hall, The Two Towers. JRR Tolkien.
The upcoming release of the long-awaited Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by Dr. Deborah A. Higgens coincides with the Fellowship’s journey into Rohan in this month’s readings for the Tolkien Read-Along 2014. In celebration of both the Read-Along and the book’s release, Oloris Publishing has excerpted a section from Chapter 4 “The Role of the Lord, Comitatus, and Gift-Giving within the Mead Hall” in the upcoming title. Here, Dr. Higgens examines the Germanic tradition of the comitatus oath. In this excerpt, she draws parallels between the characters, events, and cultures within The Lord of the Rings and Beowulf, cementing the importance of the Anglo-Saxon epic in the creation of Tolkien’s masterpiece.
For the excerpt and the complete media release, read below.
The day waned, and dusk was twined about the boles of the trees. At last the hobbits saw, rising dimly before them, a steep dark land: they had come to the foot of the mountains, and to the green roots of tall Methedras. Down the hillside the young Entwash, leaping from its springs high above, ran noisily from step to step to meet them. On the right of the stream there was a long slope, clad with grass, now grey in the twilight. No trees grew there and it was open to the sky; stars were shining already in lakes between shores of cloud. Treebeard strode up the slope, hardly slackening his pace. - JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers
The half-folk and the herder of trees
Perhaps away South or maybe the North
Edging the forest and the prickly gorse
Many a mile walked and much talk ensues
Tree-ish things must catch up on the news
Trees play an integral role in Middle-earth in various ways, and I’m fascinated by Tolkien’s term ‘Ent’, which is found to be derived from the Old English term for ‘Giant’ and conjures the specific mystical vision of trees taking human form. This vision is used to such a visually striking effect in the character Fangorn or Treebeard, who resides in the equally mystical Fangorn Forest in The Two Towers. - The dreams of trees unfold, by John Cockshaw
Lady of the Woods (2012)
by John Cockshaw
“Here is the heart of Elvendom on earth”
…under a pale evening sky pricked by a few early stars…mallorn-trees taller than any they had yet seen in all the land. Their height could not be guessed, but they stood up in the twilight like living towers. In their many-tiered branches and amidst their ever-moving leaves countless lights were gleaming, green and gold and silver…’Welcome to Caras Galadhon!…Here is the city of the Galadhrim, where dwell the Lord Celeborn and Galadriel the Lady of Lorien.’
In “Weavers, Witches, and Warriors: The Women of The Lord of the Rings”, Amy Timco explores the roles of Arwen, Galadriel and Éowyn not only as characters who move the story along but also as carefully drawn illustrations of the medieval-modern progression that Tolkien explores in his work. Her full essay is available in the inaugural issue of Silver Leaves Journal.
Deep places of the world (2012)
by John Cockshaw
“They peered out. Before them was another cavernous hall. It was loftier and far longer than the one in which they had slept. They were near its eastern end; westward it ran away into darkness. Down the centre stalked a double line of towering pillars…a red glow was darkly mirrored in their sides…a fierce red light came, and now and again flames licked at the brink and curled about the bases of the columns. Wisps of dark smoke wavered in the hot air.” — The Bridge of Khazad-Dum, The Fellowship of the Ring
This piece takes inspiration from the work of renowned Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee and his concept for the cavernous Dwarf Halls found deep in Moria, and also the majestic but haunting music that Howard Shore composed for this environment inThe Fellowship of the Ring (2001). The fire-fuelled menace of the Balrog is hinted at to the rear of the composition resulting in a burning glow that dominates the cavernous hall suggesting how near at peril the company of the fellowship presently are. A rocky surface texture is given to the piece, appropriate and resonant to its deep and ancient underground setting. One of the locations that provided the inspiration and reference points for this composition was that of the amphitheatre of El Jem in Tunisia.