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Frodo in The Musicians, teaser crop



I've wanted to make a Frodo manip out of this painting for a long time. It's been in my "possibles" file for years. But I never found a face that I thought fit with it. Finally I think I have.
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This post features jan-u-wine's new poem, At the Last. It was written back in December, inspired by a manip made from a self-portrait by 17th-century Flemish painter, Michael Sweerts. Jan's beautiful, bitterweet poem follows the the manip.

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This post features jan-u-wine's new poem, The Road Back. In it, the Shire is lifted up, as perceived through the senses of Frodo. Jan's poem was actually inspired by a 19th century English landscape called "Twilight", painted by William J. Webbe (for more about Webbe, or Webb, go here). I think it's a magical painting, and deeply Shire-ish. As soon as I saw it I thought, "Frodo walked here, Frodo saw this, Frodo laid in this grass and looked at this sky." I sent a copy of it on to Jan, who immediately agreed and soon began to write.

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Hayfield - teaser


This manip was created to complement jan-u-wine's new poem, A Fairer Than Most Birth-day. She wrote it as this year's birthday mathom, but, since I already had prepared a Baggins Birthday post, showcasing a poem written several years ago from Bilbo's point of view--with a Frodo Art Travesty to go with it--I didn't post it. I promised myself, however, that I'd make a post for the new poem, complete with its own illustration.

The featured poem, which celebrates the renewed post-war Shire as seen through Frodo's eyes, cried out for Shire imagery. Since I'd already screencapped every trilogy scene set in the Shire, I decided a new Frodo Art Travesty was called for. The resulting image, Frodo in Ford Madox Brown's "The Hayfield", captures well for me the mood of subdued but intense reverie in Jan's poem, especially at the poem's end, when the time has become dusk and the moon has risen.


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Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!


Note: This is the second of this year's two birthday posts. For Jan's birthday poem from Primula's pov, click HERE.

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Tolkien was always careful to keep the specifics of his Christian faith out of Middle-earth, so I couldn't really let this be a Christmas card. Therefore I am interpreting this as a Yule card, a holiday the Shire folk celebrated.

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Just a silly little "Happy Halloween" Frodo manip I made this morning; couldn't resist messing around with my antique greeting card....

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To celebrate the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo, this year’s mathom is a [rather silly] manip. Also presented are two poems by jan-u-wine, which are not silly at all. I am hoping her poems will dignify the manip, which is meant to be charming more than convincing. In it the illustrious cousins are wearing party crowns. Or, one could think of it as a portrait of the Halfling Prince and the, um, Halfling Regent.
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Warning: Long post, with many images, some quite large.


A year ago, scrolling through Caravaggio paintings, I saved files of his “Narcissus” as soon as I saw it. I was sure I’d want to make a manip of it one day. That day has come.

For this post, the discussion of the painting will come first, after which I will make a few reflections about Frodo in the finished manip. After the manip will come Jan-u-wine's poem, Unbroken, for which this manip was made. A "making of" section concludes the entry.

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Whoops!


I can’t believe it, but only after receiving half a dozen lovely comments yesterday for my new manip of Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps did I notice that I had never put the top of Frodo’s ear back on!

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This is the fourth "Frodo Art Travesty" I have made from a Caravaggio painting. Since FotR was first screened, viewers have seen a connection between Frodo and this painter's work. Six years and one day ago, Marian Kester Coombs wrote a review of FotR in which she compared film-Frodo’s face to one painted by Caravaggio. Other fans have likened him to "a Baroque angel". In an oft-quoted excerpt from her review, Coombs wrote,

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I said in our “Thank you”post I had a few Art Travesties planned, Frodo manips with which I could showcase poems of jan-u-wine. This is one of them.
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A New Frodo Art Travesty....


Teaser for “The Savoyard Boy", by Eastman Johnson:



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~*~~ detail from right panel of Nanette-Rosie Gagnon’s painting for jan-u-wine’s “Across So Wide a Sea”.



Below is a table of links for LJ entries that feature poems of jan-u-wine.

I realised that it was not easy to find them in my LJ. Her poems are listed in my table-of-links pages, but some are with Art Travesties, while others are with screencaps. I thought it would be good, therefore, to list them in one place, all together.
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~ Frodo as Caravaggio’s 1596 “Bacchus”, detail.


One of the first art manips I ever made was of Frodo as the God of Wine, Caravaggio's "Bacchus" (link to Wikipedia's entry on Caravaggio here).
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Using the same face shot, I re-did the manip from the ground up, using the newly-found, infinitely better version of the painting....
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Frodo in Leighton’s “The Fisherman and the Siren” ~ Detail.


In which an older Art Travesty is reworked, and the two fics inspired by it, [livejournal.com profile] pearlette’s Dark Waters: A Tale of Frodo and Undine and [livejournal.com profile] maeglian’s Frodo and the Siren, are presented.

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Maeglian's Tale....


Frodo and the Siren
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Pearl's Tale....


Dark Water: A Tale of Frodo and Undine
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~ detail from "Frodo and the Enamoured Woman", photomanip by Mechtild, made from Sheilah Metzner's "Uomo".



If you are a reader of "Het fic" (fanfiction featuring male and female characters depicted in sexual and/or love relationships), you may not know about it but Lord of the Rings Fic Recs ( [livejournal.com profile] lotr_fic_recs ), an LJ community that sponsors challenges to gather together fic recommendations, is finishing up its two-week-challenge for Het fics: any race, any characters, fictional person or real person, multiple partners -- as long as the main relationship of the fic is male/female, any rating.
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If you can think of a story you've read and enjoyed, please say so on the thread at the Lotr_fic_recs Het Challenge.

Thanks!

~ Mechtild


~ Detail from Manip #1


Note: The Frodo art manips below are made from screencaps from a bed scene between a man and a woman. Nothing actually shows, but the lovers are meant to appear naked under the sheets. I therefore issue warnings for mild erotic content, het, and the faces of actors being used in photomanipulations.
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Estë ( [livejournal.com profile] este_tangletoes ), e-friend, fellow Frodo-fan, and appreciator of art, poetry, and fiction, including the erotic sort, suggested I take a look at the film version of Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando. I remembered this film when it came out, attracted to its publicity stills in the media.
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~ detail from Caravaggio's "Love Victorious", 1602, with 'Cecco' as model:


Note to Caravaggio fans:

Here are links to two ETA's to my last journal entry:

1. Info. about the film that was made in the 80's, called Caravaggio.
2. Info. about Caravaggio's boy model Francesco 'Cecco' Boneri.

P.S. I'm sorry the entry is so time-consuming to open, but "the pictures are the story" seemed extra true in this case. I just couldn't make myself stint on the images (and links to images), in illustrating it.


~ Mechtild
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