'Listen! They are coming this way,' said Frodo. 'We have only to wait.' The singing drew nearer. One clear voice rose now above the others. It was singing in the fair elven-tongue, of which Frodo knew only a little, and the others knew nothing. Yet the sound blending with the melody seemed to shape itself in their thought into words which they only partly understood. This was the song as Frodo heard it:
Snow-white! Snow-white! O Lady clear!
O Queen beyond the Western Seas!
O Light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!
Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
Clear are thy eyes and bright thy breath!
Snow-white! Snow-white! We sing to thee
In a far land beyond the Sea.
O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sawn,
In windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossom blown!
O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.
The song ended. 'These are High Elves! They spoke the name of Elbereth!' said Frodo in amazement, 'Few of that fairest folk are ever seen in the Shire. Not many now remain in Middle-earth, east of the Great Sea. This is indeed a strange chance!'
-------------from chapter III<three is company>
IF you look at the Passing of the Elves during the third age (the maintime of LotR-Books) AND know about their history - then the passing becomes a good and a sad thing equally.
The good is:
The High-Elven can finally go home to Valinor, after they lived, suffered and lasted finally in Middle-Earth.
Sad is, that all those, who stay - Arwen for example - only can dwell through the lost and dead towns and places of the elves.
Be it the formerly golden woods of Lorien which lost all their mystic or Rivendell which is no longer the last homly home or mirkwood without the bright of the forestelves.
And in the end the Elves face the same fate as did the One Ring:
"History became Legend. Legend became myth. And things, that should never be forgotten were forgotten."
AND - to go back to the painting - it catches the Moment where Frodo and Sam meet the Elves who wander through the Shire to go to ... Was it Mithlond?.... in any case the Grey Havens. Devotional but not in sorrow they walk. I really love it ^^"
FYI, should be sewn at the end
BEAUTIFUL. Minimal and gorgeous, perfect for the subject matter.