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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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TheGarm Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I really like the composition of this picture.
peet Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - this is twelve years old now but the composition keeps it strong in my view ;)
Wasserwaldnymphe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the trees are stunning! I also like the water and the golden sky.
peet Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - that gold is meant to be the sheen from Lorien that is almost about to fail as the fellowship return to 'mortal lands'.
ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this scene in the book and love your rendering of it!
peet Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I really appreciate this; thanks.
ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :-)
The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist
absolutely stunning! :faint:
BrthrArnold Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
This is really beautiful.
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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