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The Middle-Earth aesthetics | Thranduil, The King of Fall

Had a flip through this one at the bookstore the other day: A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor. The book is illustrated by John Howe, who worked as a production designer on the Peter Jackson films, and offers a spectacular insight into his artistic vision of Middle-earth. Would highly recommend to any Tolkien fans, regardless of whether they prefer the books, the movies, or both.

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Window shopping for Tolkien …

Look what I found at the bookshop today …

The Last Journey (Frodo’s Song)

Poem by @tolkienenthusiast

Journey long done at last,

So set the sails and raise the mast.

I journey now to Elvenhome,

Where ill be cured and pain unknown.


For there is light beyond the sea!


Carry me, carry me.

Carry me, carry me.


Through shoreless seas and starry nights,

My path will lead me where there’s light.

So mortal shores, I leave you now,

With stars set firmly on my brow.


For there is green beyond the swell!


Fare you well, fare you well.

Fare you well, fare you well.


Dearest friends, I take my leave,

Though may I ask you not to grieve.

With gulls of white to guide my way,

I take my leave, I cannot stay.


For though the journey may be done,


The road goes on, the road goes on.

The road goes on, the road goes on.

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The Grey Havens. Concept art for The Return of the King (2003) by Alan Lee.

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Reeds by the shady pool, lilies on the water:

Old Tom Bombadil and the River-daughter!

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Elvish Months of the Year: August

In the High-Elven tongue, the eighth month of the year was named Úrimë (Urui being its Sindarin equivalent). Now, the root úr— comes from the Quenya word úrë, meaning ‘heat’. From this, we can conclude that Úrimë was the month of hot weather.

July—another month gone by, and with that comes a new Elvish Lesson. So in the High-elven tongue, the seventh month of the year was named Cermië (Cerveth being its Sindarin equivalent). As to the meaning of that name, there are actually surprisingly few references. However, in my research I did discover that one of the meanings of the Quenya root ‘cerm’ is ‘to give’. By this, I’m assuming that Cermië was the month of harvest or plenty (though don’t take my word for it).

As for the above picture, July always reminds me of Lothlórien somehow.