'It was Sam's turn that day to take the first watch, but Aragorn joined him. The others fell asleep. Then the silence grew until even Sam felt it. The breathing of the sleepers could be plainly heard. The swish of the pony's tail and the occasional movements of his feet became loud noises. Sam could hear his own joints creaking, if he stirred. Dead silence was around him, and over all hung a clear blue sky, as the Sun rode up from the East. Away in the South a dark patch appeared, and grew, and drove north like flying smoke in the wind.
'What's that, Strider? It don't look like a cloud,' said Sam in a whisper to Aragorn. He made no answer, he was gazing intently at the sky; but before long Sam could see for himself what was approaching.'
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 3: The Ring Goes South
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Re these four characters, its really funny but I only pictured Boromir with a small beard and the rest beardless. And then I found out much later that the high-Numenoreans were typically beardless, and lo and behold, Aragorn, Denethor and Faramir are the three Men left in M-e who have the truest blood of Westernesse flowing through them. Of course Boromir did too, but its stated many times that he was less high than the others, and more forward in battle rather than lore. Re the hobbits, my main problem was with Frodo. He looks too young, and acts too young. I actually picture him as a hobbit version of 'Aramir' (Aragorn and Faramir) - obviously relative to his stature, but definitely a little elevated/distant from, and maturer than, the rest of the hobbits, even from the beginning. I think that's made pretty clear in the text - all three hobbits looks up to him, because he is elven wise and learned for a hobbit (Bilbo's influence). It was a shame that this was missing in the movie.
Again many thanks for commenting, it's greatly appreciated!
P. S. I picture all the high Numenorean descendants as eventually growing beards in later life (like Elves); probably in their equivalent of late middle-age and early old age!
Re Frodo, I'm pretty sure that his elevation above Bilbo in particular occurs because of the Quest, rather than in spite it. Before 'The Ring Goes South', I'm pretty certain Bilbo is still at the top of the 'hobbit hierarchy' between the five. For example, Frodo is enraptured by wonderment and amaze during his first stay in Rivendell, whilst Bilbo is thoroughly acclimatised, talking and jesting with the High Elves as if he is 'one of them' (again, relative to his stature). He is also fast friends with Aragorn and probably was acquainted with Arwen, if not even friends with her too. Frodo cannot claim to be anywhere near Bilbo's stature at this stage. Subsequent events changes things though, of course.
Interesting point re Frodo's favour among the Vala Irmo, Estë, and Nienna. This is probably to do with the fact that Gandalf, as Olórin during his youth, dwelt among the former two and often visited the latter's halls. I would add Manwë himself to this list also, Frodo being a particularly important instrument of providence and deliverance.
'Many are the strange chances of the world,’ said Mithrandir, 'and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.' (Silm: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age)
... and as such it is therefore he who fulfils most faithfully the Valar's wishes, or more pertinently Ilúvatar's, by acting as the conduit by which the flow of providence, or grace, can come to fruition:
[Aragorn]: 'Let none now reject the counsels of Gandalf, whose long labours against Sauron come at last to their test. But for him all would long ago have been lost ...' (LotR: 'The Last Debate')
Re Anke's work and mine, I insist that she be the better artist .
I like to draw lately so I can't picture exactly the kind of books I would like to illustrate.
But anyway... I think your human anatomy overall is truly VERY good, but sometimes
some sections of the illustration can look more 2 dimentional and others more 3D, unless that was your intent,
theres always room for improvement but but besides that which is no biggy.
As I said in previous comment It's the emotion that comes through your art that is the winner for me.
But only a little bit, it doesn't affect the quality of the artwork whatsoever.
these are interpretations or illustrations after all. Photo realism isn't necessary.
I would never suggest you change anything about your work, it is brilliant just the way it is
I always aim for photo realism in my artwork but that's just my style.
Artists wouldn't survive without the inspiration of others who have such different styles.
your artwork shows the love you have for Tolkien works and that is a beautiful artwork in itself
Thanks, as ever. Further to our discussion about the virtues of masking fluid, the bush to the left of Aragorn's face was depicted using this technique
I knew the films before the books, but the movie V. Mortensen- Aragorn seems to me well chosen. And yours is just perfect!
their look perfectly expresses their emotions and thoughts^^