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The Road Goes Ever On
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The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.


J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party
ballpoint pen and watercolour pencils

Another illustration for one of the beautiful Tolkien poems, this time it is The Old Walking Song, which appears several times throughout The Lord of the Rings in several variations. This is the first one, sung by Bilbo, as he leaves the Bag End for his permanent holiday after the Long-Expected Party.
For a beautiful musical version, listen to the Tolkien Ensemble: youtu.be/Y8lcVJPX-sk
By the way, can you recognize some particular places details in the picture? :-)
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kumarkiranb356's avatar
kumarkiranb356|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your picture looks really, really gorgeous! I like the color pencil and ink shading you gave!
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I think I can recognize almost all the little details, but I'm not sure about the white stones on the path before the mountains - are those the markers for the way to Rivendell, or...?
And lol, Bilbo is too eager to go and left his dwarf company to chase after him from Bag End. ^ ^
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, these are the stones marking the way, though in the small size I didn't bother to make it very precise... :-)
And about Bilbo leaving his company... Well, it is obviously not intended to be a literal illustration of the scene from the book, more an illustration of the song itself and of the road that goes on and on... :-)
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Strašně, strašně moc se mi líbí, jak záložka obsáhne doopravdy celou Bilbovu cestu až k Ereboru, ty detaily jsou ohromující: most přes Brandyvínu, Hůrka, Mohylové vrchy, hrady Rhudauru, Roklinka, Skalbal, Meddědův dům, Jezerní město... jsou to Komáří močály, co vidím??? Nemůžu se vynadívat. :)
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MatejCadilEdited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No jo, hrozně mě bavilo to tam všechno poskládat. =D Samozřejmě v těch bližších částech jsou to hlavně místa známá z první části Pána prstenů, ale říkal jsem si, že to celkem sedí dohromady – ostatně ta písnička sama je z Pána prstenů, i když ji jako první zpívá Bilbo. Určitě by se tam dalo ještě pár detailů přidat (podrobnější krajina v Kraji, dům Toma Bombadila, orlí hnízda v Mlžných horách...), ale to se mi sem už nevešlo. ;-) A ano, Komáří močály tam jsou, kousek za Hůrkou. :-)
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work with a wonderful vista, capturing all the many elements of that long, epochal journey! Reminds me very much of a similar Howe piece, though I think that was for the LotR saga? Do you know which one I'm talking about?
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :-)
I'm not sure what illustration you mean, though I vaguely remember seeing something of this sort (but I don't know whether it was Howe or some other artist).
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
It's in one of John Howe's art books that I own, illustrated for a board game. Here's a link - the only one I can find, but it looks a lot nicer without the paraphernalia all over it :).

Anyway, this piece reminds me a bit of it :)

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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting, I am almost sure I have never seen this one.
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Rearda|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! You take the road all the way to Erebor in very pleasing detail. Bilbo also took this road after he had relinquished the Ring.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
That would also make a great illustration for Bilbo's Last Song.  Very much in harmony with Tolkien's own graphic style.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you say that, i love Tolkien's own illustrations and it's an honour to be compared with them (it's an interesting thing that although I have seen most of his illustrations by now, some similarity of my style had been pointed out to me before I knew them, so there couldn't have been any direct influence).
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Sometimes you just think like someone else did...
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Toraach's avatar
An impressive portrait of the Hobbit in one picture :) 

I miss new pictures from Gondor series :) 
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :-)

Hopefully you will not have to wait much longer, I have four more kings of Gondor in the process, two of them almost finished, so they should be here soon! :-)
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I pressume that all of them are extremaly interesting. There isn't stuff like with the early kinds, who didn't do much :) 

Valacar married a rhovanion princess.
Eldacar had a civil war.
Castamir the usurper.
Aldamir died in a battle. 
About everone of them is something interesting to shown on pictures.

And later 
Hyarmedacil II, a victorious leader.

  1. Minardil r. 1621 – 1634                     - died in a great raid on Pelargir.
  2. Telemnar r. 1634 – 1636. Died in the Great Plague with all his children.
  3. Tarondor r. 1636 – 1798. Nephew of Telemnar
  4. Telumehtar Umbardacil r. 1798 – 1850            - yet another to shown in Umbar
  5. Narmacil II r. 1850 – 1856                  - killed by wainraiders
  6. Calimehtar r. 1856 – 1936                - won against wainraiders
  7. Ondoher r. 1936 – 1944. Died in battle with his two sons                     - also interesting. 
    *Fíriel daughter of Ondoher might have been ruling Queen, but was passed by                                - also she is interesting :)
  8. Eärnil II r. 1945 – 2043. Was given the crown after a year of rule by the Steward Pelendur. A descendant of Telumehtar Umbardacil                       - the two last kinds are very very interesting characters. 
  9. Eärnur r. 2043 – c. 2050. Last King of Gondor before the Reign of the Stewards. Was probably murdered by the Witch-king.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your insightful comment, yes, these later kings of Gondor are certainly generally more interesting and with all of them there is at least some helpful information. I'm looking forward to portray them (hopefully it will not take too long). :-)
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alystraea|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, the colours and the details! You show the lands of the entire journey as Bilbo goes east in The Hobbit - the Shire, Rivendell, then the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Laketown, and finally the Lonely Mountain. I think Bree and Weathertop are there too. It's beautiful! Heart 
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like the pisture! :-) Yes, there are all those details you mentioned, basically chronicling Bilbo's journey east, but in the nearer part supplemented by places from the Lord of the Rings: Buckland, Old Forest, Barrow Downs and as you said Bree and Weathertop. :-)
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alystraea|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I can see it all! :-) It really is an excellent illustration. It gives such a feeling of adventure, possibilities, vast distances, and all the stories that are going to unfold - so uplifting! 
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you see it there! :-)
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Dulliros|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the idea and you put so many things into this one picture. Also, your style reminds me of the illustrations in the old issue of the Hobbit I had borrowed form a friend when I first read the story.
"The Old Walking Song" is one of my favorite Tolkien poems.
Just have to :+fav: it.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment, I'm glad you like my picture! I love this poem too. :-)
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