The End of All Things: Rescue by Gandalf and the Eagles by John Cockshaw, penultimate version-TEASER

~ Detail from The End of All Things: Rescue by Gandalf and the Eagles, by John Cockshaw.

This March 25 we present something old, something new. Below the image of Frodo standing at the Cracks of Doom is something old: a poem jan-u-wine wrote years ago, but which I had never read. The Turning of the Road: The Sammath Naur distills events from that last day, letting us see into the heart of Frodo's experience as he is overpowered and nearly destroyed by Sauron, his life, sanity and the fate of Middle-earth preserved only by the madness of Gollum and the love of Samwise.

Below the first poem and an excerpt from Return of the King, is an illustration by John Cockshaw showing the coming of Gandalf and the Eagles, chosen to complement the "something new": jan-u-wine's Cast Up, which follows. The new poem lifts up and makes explicit the hope that is only hinted at in the darker Turning, bearing Frodo, Sam and us readers out of downfall and despair.

Happy Anniversary!
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~ Frodo in “Sappho and Alcaeus”, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, CROPPED.

Note: Some large, high-resolution images will make this entry time-consuming to open on dial-up; my apologies. Also, you will need to scroll over to center the manip on your screen, as it is quite wide.

I thought I’d lift my head from reading and reviewing MEFA competition fics and post a Frodo Art Travesty I made last week. I had meant to save it for “Hobbit Month,” but, what the heck?

This manip is based on a painting by 19th century Dutch-born English artist, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), called "Sappho and Alcaeus".
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~ ‘Mother and Child’, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 19th century, detail.

After I posted my announcement and thoughts on "my old Mum,” I got a letter from e-friend and poet, jan-u-wine, whose work I have posted several times when she has written things inspired by Frodo Art Travesty manips. It turns out that the black-and-white photograph I had posted of me and my mother (petting the little dog), reminded her of a poem she had written about her own mother. She wrote it after her mother had died, inspired by an old black-and-white snapshot of her and her mother, when she was a baby.
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~ Detail of Frodo as Agnolo Bronzino’s ‘Ludovico Capponi’.

Warning: Very long post, more like a "mini-essay".

Last night I was restless. I stayed up late and re-did a manip that had been bothering me. It had been made from another portrait by Agnolo Bronzino (1503—1572). I had done it to indulge my pleasure in seeing Frodo in fancy dress.
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Discussion of Frodo’s Dreme (or, The Sea-bell), and related matters.

Tolkein wrote a preface for the Tom Bombadil collection, very droll. In it he submitted the poems to various forms of literary criticism in vogue at the time, assessing their genres, conjecturing as to who wrote them, when, and how they were passed down -- just as if they were real works of ancient literature discovered in a dusty under-used Oxford library.

To start, here’s a snippet from Tolkien’s ‘Tom Bombadil’ Preface [The emphases in italics are mine]....
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Since posting my new "Frodo Art Travesty" manip...

Frodo and the Enamoured Woman (detail below), one of the Tolkien friends with whom I correspond, jan-u-wine, was inspired to write a poem to go with it. She is a writer of very perceptive, very fine LotR poetry (a link to her works appears below her poem).

What she wrote for this manip was so evocative to me of what might have transpired in the mind of Frodo when faced with the spectacle of such love for him in the face of another, I decided to edit it into my entry.

Here it is....

The Fields of Forever by jan-u-wine

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