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Farewell to Lorien
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Published: September 22, 2002
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'Suddenly the River swept round a bend, and the banks rose upon either side, and the light of Lórien was hidden. To that fair land Frodo never came again.
The travellers now turned their faces towards the journey; the sun was before them, and their eyes were dazzled, for all were filled with tears. Gimli wept openly.
'I have looked the last upon that which was fairest,' he said to Legolas his companion. 'Henceforward I will call nothing fair, unless it be her gift.' He put his hand to his breast.
'Tell me Legolas, why did I come on this Quest? Little did I know where the chief peril lay! Truly Elrond spoke, saying that we could not forsee what we might meet upon our road. Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord. Alas for Gimli son of Glóin!'
'Nay!' said Legolas. 'Alas for us all! And for all that walk the world in these after-days. For such is the way of it: to find and lose, as it seems to those whose boat is on the running stream. But I count you blessed, Gimli son of Glóin: for your loss you suffer of your own free will, and you might have chosen otherwise. But you have not forsaken your companions, and the least reward that you shall have is that the memory of Lothlórien shall remain ever clear and unstained in your heart, and shall neither fade nor grow stale.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 8: Farewell to Lórien

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demihime's avatar
demihime|Hobbyist General Artist
I love the beautiful, natural twisting of the foreground branches~!
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Jayblade-67|Hobbyist General Artist
I just got to this part! :D Great job! 
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent stuff, many thanks! Hope you're enjoying the read, and if you want to follow my illustrations as you go, do have a peak in my LotR Gallery :)
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Diegoutetsuma's avatar
good job!!
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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you are welcome :thumbsup:!!
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Menkhar|Hobbyist General Artist
I love this scene in the book, you painting is so amazing and beautiful Heart Clap 
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
I really love this scene too, I might re-do it one day because of this. Glad you like though, it's one of my oldest! :nod:
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ooooo You've got yourself some AMAZIING artwork here. Keep it up!! :hug: 
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Much obliged for the kind words :) :) :)
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EmmetEarwax|Hobbyist Writer
Ironic that Lorien's beauty was generated by the One Ring, its evil morphed to good through the Three Rings (these were never touched by Sauron, so had no taint.). When the One Ring went, the Three lost power and Lorien faded,

The passing of Lorien and the desertion of Rivendell truly marked the passing of the Elves.
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
'Generated by' might be a stretch, in my humble opinion; 'sustained by' might be more accurate. But you're right, it's ironic, and ultimately a signal of the melancholic sadness of the remaining elves in mortal lands. They weren't meant to be there, and this was the proof.
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NEJOS's avatar
Lovely! :heart: Gimli´s words touched my heart :)
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, this is one of my favourite scenes in the book, not least because of Gimli's earthy poetry :)
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks lady!
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Youre very welcome!
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like!
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EvaGataArtist|Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous as always - full of inner light <3
You're a true elf, my dear friend:-) 
Amazing Tree <3
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
An elf? My, what a compliment! Many thanks to you, again, my dear :D This is a really old one, one of my very earliest, but I still have a soft spot for it.
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EvaGataArtist|Professional Traditional Artist
Love Hug 
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PennedinWhite's avatar
Beautiful! :heart: I was so sad when they had to leave. You captured a lot with this piece.
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peet|Professional Traditional Artist
Another bittersweet piece of prose from Tolkien here - this chapter was quite beautiful, I feel. Many thanks for the compliment :)
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