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The Road from Bag End by ShaylynnAnn The Road from Bag End by ShaylynnAnn
This is the first in a series of three drawings depicting various versions of Tolkien's "Roads go ever on and on" poem/walking song. Part Two: [link] Part Three: [link]

The Lord of the Rings is incredibly inspirational to me, but believe it or not, I hadn't read the books all the way through in over four years. A couple of months ago I started to read it through slowly, starting with the Hobbit, when I rediscovered one of my favorite poems.

This version is the first verse of Bilbo's walking song from "The Hobbit." I drew Gandalf sitting and thinking; he could be waiting and ready to commence either Bilbo or Frodo's adventures.

Anyways, this is also an experiment in watercolors (and I'm deeply regretting just doing this on journal paper, it got really wrinkly and the paper started to feather!).

And I of course had to be redundant and put the tehtar above the vowels. And I did my best to copy Bilbo's-style of handwriting that you see glimpses of in the LOTR movies.

(I can't wait for the Hobbit movie!)
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ManiacalFreak Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! You did a wonderful job on this! The colors look great together in this drawing! And the shades! A great drawing to go with a great poem! Keep up the great work! :heart:
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SummertimeDarkheart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely. I've been looking for this particular poem for ages. thank you.
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! And it is a wonderful poem. :)
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SummertimeDarkheart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesma'am.
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birdiey1miss Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I like that poem thingy alot, and I also love the handwriting. Oh, today, I was re-watching X-men Orgins: Wolverine, and I noticed that on the back of the old couple's car was a sticker that says "Not all who wander are lost".
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
SERIOUSLY? That's epic!
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birdiey1miss Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I know, right! You should go watch the movie, or just look it up on IMDB. It says what I jest said in the specials secion. ( I forgot what it's called )
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just saw the movie for the first time this weekend, and squealed when I saw that. ^_^
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FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, this is so cool! :excited:
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice! It was a nice warm storytelling feeling.
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crossrhythm Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I looked at all three of your illustrations and they are all lovely! :) These poems are also some of my favourites ever... I've sort-of adopted one of the versions as my 'life poem' (the one you reference in your 3rd illustration) as it just means so much to my heart. :)
His other walking songs are also so lovely... Here's another of my favourites: [link]
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I know, Tolkien is a genius, isn't he?

That poem is also one of my favorites (can I just claim every Tolkien poem as a favorite?). I can't believe how awesome your calligraphy turned out-- and ink pen and coffee! Do you mind if I copy that idea?
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crossrhythm Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go for it!!! I used instant coffee, and only an absolutely tiny amount of hot water to melt it. You can experiment with the strength of coffee solution for different shades. I used a calligraphy dip-pen, and a piece of scrap paper to make sure it was laying down properly. And also... it smells so good! :) Happy to be an inspiration! :D

This is an older one I did using the same technique... Also The Road: [link] It's very loose and a bit sloppy, I hadn't really gotten my style down until "A Walking Song"; I would probably leave out the tehta marks now. Man, you've actually inspired me to do a new piece based on this one. :D

And I completely agree about his poetry... I think he was a truly brilliant poet (do you have his Adventures of Tom Bombadil?), and I've been thinking about collecting together all the poetry of his I can possibly find and put it into one big elvish-decorated binder for ease of access... :D
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I can't wait to try it out...
I love that calligraphy, too. :)

I'm only just now discovering the poetry. The last time I read the books front-to-back was a few years ago-- I might have been between 12 and 14 (I forget)-- but at any rate, I had no patience for poetry and was focused much more on the plotline and characters than on the depth of Tolkien's world and his literary genius. :D
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crossrhythm Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome :D I really recommend getting your hands on The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (usually combined with his other short tales Leaf by Niggle and Farmer Giles of Ham (both great)). I have all those in a single paperback, The Tolkien Reader: [link] definitely worth adding to you collection! :)
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
*dip pen. Goodness, this is what I get for typing at eleven at night. :P
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clickybiro Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful work, and I agree the books are very inspirational. Love the writing and the colouring, I particularly like the colours of the pebbles on the road, even more so considering the paper... I use a lot of water when I paint with watercolours, so the thicker the paper the better! As, I said, great work!
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you so much. :)
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MicBoring Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
This is really good! The coloring looks very crisp without seeming too stiff. And the writing is very well done!

Nice job! =)
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! The colors are a bit less neon-y in real life; my scanner doesn't lik me. :)
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MicBoring Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Actually, I rather like it this way!

I use a camera for my pictures, and it despises me, so don't feel too bad. =D
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