The Lord of the Rings Meme | ten scenes (2/10)
Farewell to Lórien.
This is my favorite fucking scene.
If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who Fëanor was. If you don’t, Fëanor was the dickhead who created the Silmarils: three indescribably beautiful and magical jewels that contained the light and essence of the world before it became flawed. They were the catalyst for basically every important thing that happened in the First Age of Middle Earth.
It is thought that the inspiration for the Silmarils came to Fëanor from the sight of Galadriel’s shining, silver-gold hair.
He begged her three times for single strand of her beautiful hair. And every time, Galadriel refused him. Even when she was young, Galadriel’s ability to see into other’s hearts was very strong, and she knew that Fëanor was filled with nothing but fire and greed.
Fast forward to the end of the Third Age.
Gimli, visiting Lorien, is also struck by Galadriel’s beauty. During the scene where she’s passing out her parting gifts to the Fellowship, Galadriel stops empty-handed in front of Gimli, because she doesn’t know what to offer a Dwarf. Gimli tells her: no gold, no treasure… just a single strand of hair to remember her beauty by.
She gives him three. Three.
And this is why Gimli gets to be an Elf Friend, people. Because Galadriel looks at him and thinks he deserves what she refused the greatest Elf who ever lived—- and then twice that. And because he has no idea of the significance of what she’s just given him, but he’s going to treasure it the rest of his life anyway.
Just look at that smile on Legolas’s face in the last panel. He gets it. He knows the backstory. And I’m pretty sure this is the moment he reconsiders whether Elves and Dwarves can’t be friends after all.
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I adore the brides as they were styled for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Gary Oldman version. I love that point where one of them is rearing up to Harker and the decorations in her hair become alive and the snakes begin moving within her hair.
Carmilla came long before Dracula’s brides. I like to think of the same scene with a Marie Antoinette styled beauty whose elaborate hair decorations come alive as well. The orchids begin to quiver and tear up with scent and decorative tentacles begin to move ever so slowly and eerily in that way that only tentacles can move. I wanted the blood to contrast her painted white skin. I don’t know that the book version of Carmilla would be styled in such a way, but in my head she is…
“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me, and still come with me, and hating me through death and after. There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.” -Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla (Read this novel online here.)
Our next cyber week sale is Bethalynne’s lush but slightly creepy portrait of Carmilla, a vampire known before Dracula.
Details: The Vampire Carmilla (sepia version) by Bethalynne Bajema is available during our cyber week sale for $24.00 (plus S&H) instead of its normal price of $38.00. This is a 9×11 inch print on fine art paper printed in our own studio. The print comes with deckle edging. This is a limited edition of 26 signed and numbered prints. Each print comes in a protective plastic sleeve and ships flat on a sturdy board to prevent bending during transit. *We also have a special that goes with this print that offers a free ebook download from one of our very nice author friends. You’ll have to pop by for more details. Visit this link for more details.
To celebrate and exploit the aetherweb’s take on Black Friday, my first book Bajema’s Web – 1998-2012 is available for $5.00 off the cover price. The sale begins today (Monday!) and is available till this coming Sunday. Touch this link for more information!
Victorian Star Trek uniforms. This makes me happy on several nerdy levels. Source.
The Happy Bat Spirit Board is now available! The board measures 12×16″, is made of 1/2 inch oak, stained a cherry red, and is coated in varnish and waxed for an easy gliding of the planchette. Edges are ornately routed for an added decorative touch. Each board comes signed and numbered on the back, with a matching cloth wrap and a booklet containing information about the board and the artwork used for it. There is a matching bat planchette that can be purchased with the board or purchased on its own. More details and ordering options can be found on our site at this link!
*This board design is also available as a print. Just follow this linky here for more details. :)
Acrylic painting - 18x14 inches - primarily with pallet knife and fingers, edges of the moon and shade detailed with fine-tip brush after.
(via Mother Darkness original painting | SteamPunk Art, Fantasy Paintings and Pop Surrealism Illustration by Myke Amend)