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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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Beautiful! Heart work
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks lady!
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Haneen-lady-in-black Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Youre very welcome!
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DanceOfColors Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   Artist
Lovely!
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peet Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like!
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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous as always - full of inner light <3
You're a true elf, my dear friend:-) 
Amazing Tree <3
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
An elf? My, what a compliment! Many thanks to you, again, my dear :D This is a really old one, one of my very earliest, but I still have a soft spot for it.
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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Hug 
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! :heart: I was so sad when they had to leave. You captured a lot with this piece.
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peet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Another bittersweet piece of prose from Tolkien here - this chapter was quite beautiful, I feel. Many thanks for the compliment :)
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed it was. You are welcome!
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TheGarm Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I really like the composition of this picture.
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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 ;)
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Wasserwaldnymphe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the trees are stunning! I also like the water and the golden sky.
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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'.
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this scene in the book and love your rendering of it!
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I really appreciate this; thanks.
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :-)
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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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Hethien Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
ah right XD Well it's hard too tell, I mean, two of the boats ARE one man and two hobbits :3
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peet Featured By Owner May 24, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I know. It doesn't really matter which way round you picture it, to be honest. Whatever works for you! :D
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Auraine2 Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is incredible!!!! *adds to fav* How did you do that? :jawdrop: ...my words are taken from me....
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peet Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Ah, thanks. Well, it's just pencil and watercolour :).
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Auraine2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh hehe...well you definately can use watercolour very well :D it looks absolutely amazing
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ness84 Featured By Owner May 18, 2005   Digital Artist
You greatly recall the style of Alan Lee, that is sure, but it's not a bad thing. Fave for this one! :+fav:
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peet Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes, he's definitely an influence, and I'm not ashamed to admit this. Thanks for the :+fav:!
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sleepiekid Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005
You are a very skilled painter
Very nice work
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angyxoxo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004   Photographer
I just wanted to say that I absolutely love this piece. It's incredible. The colours are spectacular and work so well together. I don't know what else to say except that i merely wanted to express my love for this piece. :D
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Invisigoth100 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
I love the tree in this picture - very nice detail
Nat x
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littleshireling Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2004
Beautiful pic! I love th colors! And the river is great too! :boogie:
Awesome art! ! LotR rocks! :hug::hug:
+devwatch!
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zulu-eos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I ment to comment on this before my trip to school but got caught short.
This is a nice conception of what happend in the leaving of the loth lorien woods.
The water istelf isn't bright blue, its murky, which its an awesome foreshadwing in itself that not everything is calm.
Its like watching a memory pass by and fade into something great.
I highly admire the skill in this.
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the great comment. You know, most rivers or lakes aren't strictly bright blue anyway, and in such a piece as this, it wouldn't look quite right (especially as it's a winter scene). I hope the 'murkiness' doesn't make it look dirty in any way?
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zulu-eos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, not at all, its perfect for the scene and season at that.
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, good! :D
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iax Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2003
the tree is excellent and the water is wonderful. brilliant pic.
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LinkD3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2003
tolkien would be proud to see this peet! those colors!! i mean!.... just breathtaking! im seriously getting this print!! its amazing!
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LinkD3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2003
those colors!................. i could stair at this all day! breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!
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finalfantasy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2003
I love fantasy landscapes and also illustrated scenes from LotR and this one is great :nod: I like the tree in the foreground
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raphi-kun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2003
it's absutely wonderful....great work, dude!
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judetrinity Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2003   Traditional Artist
you seriously need to get your collection published somewhere..
your art is so beautiful and true to tolkien's words...

and you know with the market for Lord of the Rings stuff right now, you just might make some money
hehe...i'd but a book of your work.

OOO i see it now; Peter Xavier's The Illustrated Works of Tolkien

i love the reflection on the water on this peice...and agh your trees make me wanna go outside
and climb something!
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ZirTuan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. Love the style here, the twisted tress giving their style features, the water reflection of the yellow-ish sky. A distant discovery for some new land, to live.

Good work. Print available. Yum.
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