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Farewell to Lorien by peet Farewell to Lorien by peet
'Suddenly the River swept round a bend, and the banks rose upon either side, and the light of Lórien was hidden. To that fair land Frodo never came again.
The travellers now turned their faces towards the journey; the sun was before them, and their eyes were dazzled, for all were filled with tears. Gimli wept openly.
'I have looked the last upon that which was fairest,' he said to Legolas his companion. 'Henceforward I will call nothing fair, unless it be her gift.' He put his hand to his breast.
'Tell me Legolas, why did I come on this Quest? Little did I know where the chief peril lay! Truly Elrond spoke, saying that we could not forsee what we might meet upon our road. Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord. Alas for Gimli son of Glóin!'
'Nay!' said Legolas. 'Alas for us all! And for all that walk the world in these after-days. For such is the way of it: to find and lose, as it seems to those whose boat is on the running stream. But I count you blessed, Gimli son of Glóin: for your loss you suffer of your own free will, and you might have chosen otherwise. But you have not forsaken your companions, and the least reward that you shall have is that the memory of Lothlórien shall remain ever clear and unstained in your heart, and shall neither fade nor grow stale.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 8: Farewell to Lórien
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist
absolutely stunning! :faint:
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BrthrArnold Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
This is really beautiful.
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icclefairy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
lovely interpretation of the scene. love the tree over the boats slightly and the colour in the sky is nice!
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JesusFreak13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Photographer
WOW! nice :wow:
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Lertei Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
It is so beautiful....
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xxFadedxAwayxx09 Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
That's my favorite excerpt from Book II, your picture does it wonderful justice. ^^
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peet Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. I like that excerpt a lot too -- it's very poignant and beautiful.
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wow.. that is really cool!!! u are very good!!!!
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Hethien Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
I've actually seen something very similar to this in a Tolkien book I have :3 But this is done so well! I mean, I love how your emphasis seems to be more on the nature of things, rather than the characters themselves, because you do water and trees so well :3 But I must say, I love the boat on the right, is that Aragorn, Frodo and Sam? Nice job!
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peet Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. I enjoy depicting Tolkien's characters, but sometimes feel that engulfing them in the world of Middle-earth (which is afterall a character in itself, as far as I'm concerned) works very well, and can evoke a huge sense of atmoshpere. As for the boats - Aragorn, Frodo and Sam are actually portrayed as nearest, behind the leaves in the foreground :).
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