The Glittering Caves
Gandalf Rides to Minas Tirith
Media: Gouache on illustration board
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Yes, it is a sad scene, in many ways. I would agree. That the lands are strange and forbidding might be a part of that; I wanted it to seem to be strange. I see them passing through the lands near the Sea of Rhun.
You are correct. The source of the landscape ideas was indeed the Torres del Paine mountains in Patagonia. For me as a North American, they seem very distant and very exotic, as I imagine the great Eastern Lands in Middle-earth might appear, such as those near the Sea of Rhun.
No, the original piece was sold a few years ago.
I saw this painting featured in the bonus material on Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition” blu-rays. On the disc labelled “The Appendices: Part 8”, near the beginning of the segment titled “Radagast the Brown”, this painting is shown while Christopher Lee lists off all of the Istari. 🙂
Thanks James; I am glad the painting resonates so much for you. It has generated a good deal of interest. It is part of a number of ideas I developed for a possible illustrating of Unfinished Tales, but the project was not approved in the end. I hope in years to come I may at least paint some of the other scenes I planned anyway.
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