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Artist: Oshun
Title: Miscellaneous Small Things
Rating: G
Inspiration: Small details often have epic significance in Tolkien's legendarium. Other times, the simple, little things, taken all together, define a way of life.
Media: Photoshop
Artist's Notes: A lot of these pictures are my own. (Of course, everyone recognizes the Bayeux Tapestry.) I am not a fabulous Photoshopper, but I do love making icons.

Miniatures from Lord of the Rings:

Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea
The white lilies sway,
And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin
In the green fields of Lebennin,
In the wind from the Sea!
--song of Legolas in The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings


Narya, Nenya, and Vilya, they were named, the Rings of Fire, and of Water, and of Air, set with ruby and adamant and sapphire; and of all the Elven-rings Sauron most desired to possess them, for those who had them in their keeping could ward off the decays of time and postpone the weariness of the world. --The Silmarillion

  antique diamond Antique-Mans-Ruby sapphire-ring-rings

. . . for in these days men are slow to believe that a captain can be wise and learned in the scrolls of lore and song, as he is, and yet a man of hardihood and swift judgement in the field. --The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

‘Yes,’ said Pippin. ‘Well, yes, well enough for my own people. But we have no songs fit for great halls and evil times, lord. We seldom sing of anything more terrible than wind or rain. And most of my songs are about things that make us laugh; or about food and drink, of course.’ --The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

600 apple pie mushrooms and beans potato pancakes green fields of the shire

And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City. --The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

battle harp Rohan 1 Bayeux tapestry

(It is part of my own personal, perhaps AU, canon to imagine that the Rohan as an oral culture made use of harps, including battle harps.)

Longbottom Leaf it is. Fill up while I run and see about some food. And then let’s be easy for a bit. --The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

longbottom leaf bags of leaf tobacco-field

(These are in no way intended to be an encouragement of smoking!)


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for participating in the challenge this month!

These are beautiful and fun as well! I especially love the one using the illumination, and the Three Rings! Are the icons up for adoption?
Jul. 17th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dreamflower. And for encouraging me as well.

Everyone is welcome to take anything or everything (and I am not nearly good enough at this to think of asking for credit!).
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I like these and I like how you gave us quotes to put them in context.
Jul. 17th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
The citations were my crutch! Thank you so much.
Jul. 17th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Battle harps and bagpipes! Oh heck yes!
And a song on their lips and death in their hearts.
Gotta love a warrior society. LOL

Lovely use of the little items. Was also tickled by the illustrated manuscript. It *is* the little things that bolster up a story or a world; not everything is grand of gesture.

Jul. 17th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I had a lot of fun.

I happy to have had the opportunity to share.

Edited at 2012-07-17 05:11 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the quotes paired with the icons. Very nice!
Jul. 17th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel like a little bit of a cheat--it is always all about the words for me. I do love to make icons though, even if I am not a real icon artist, just playing.
Jul. 17th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Jul. 17th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
These are lovely. The pie for the Shire, the bags of Longbottom Leaf, and that exceptional manuscript and harp. Great! These are adoptable?

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Help yourself. No credit necessary.
Jul. 17th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
The "Longbottom Leaf" icon is so cute! I don't think I've seen an icon of Longbottom leaf before. =D
Jul. 17th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
My sister was taking pictures of tobacco fields in Kentucky and I thought of Longbottom leaf, of course! So then I hunted for bags of it. Very silly! It is hot enough to fry eggs on my bedroom window sill. I cannot be expected to be serious. I do not even want any Longbottom leaves!


Edited at 2012-07-17 11:44 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
These are lovely, I really enjoyed studying them!
Jul. 18th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Linda.
Jul. 20th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Such wonders! Have no experience at all with photoshopping, but love to see what others manage to do.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, Larner.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I've posted this entry for you over at MPTT. You may want to go over and edit or make changes.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, I will do that.
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