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leelee
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Post#1 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:47 am

I would like to set up this thread to explore the great contibutions to the beauty of Middle-Earth by Men and Elves and Dwarves. I am thinking about the gorgeous rings , the sparkling caves and all that was carved within them, the wonderful structures and halls like Meducil, and much much more.
What I am asking of you is to act according to who you are , Man, Elf, Dwarf, well Orc really , for if they could have used their massive strength without interference from the Dark Lord what would they have come up with?

Being an Elf I will choose for the first thing, to work with wood. I would like to have taken the wood of a dead mallorn tree, I really don't know what it looked like inside the bark, but I imagine rather golden and amber and breathtakingly beautiful. I would have loved to have carved a large chest of somesort with lattice work so tiny and delicate that it would seem impossible to have been created. On the lid I would scroll into the wood scenes of the world at the beginning of the awakening of the elder children. something with the crystal clear light of moon and stars and tall noble Elves doing everyday things. I would carve the leaves of the mallorn all about it and over lay them with thin sheets of white gold and mithrail set into the moon and carven stars.

Any one else?

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Post#2 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:09 pm

Oh Leelee..You write so beautiful that is bring tears to my eyes..
As I am an Eagle I can only watch your work nearby or from a distance .Perhaps I could make a pattern with my claws that you could use in some of your work..

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Post#3 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:15 pm

I am a Rohirrim, and since they mostly built thatched barns, shepherd cots and cages to keep their head-strong lasses in, I think I'd go for the latter.
Give up the Halfring, she-elf...

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Post#4 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:55 pm

I can see Leelees creation with its glowing wood and carved lid. The carved chests that the missiojnaries brought back from China in the first half of the last century are mundane earthly examples of my vision. I see the oiled Mallorn wood as almost translucent, like amber; glowing deeply with various color striations of the woodgrain.

As a Dwarf from the Glittering Caves, I have spent much time fine tuning the crystals on a small stalactite (rising from the floor) in the deep halls, near the southern shore of a newly found subardanian lake. Oh the colors are a sight to behold; in my humble opinion.
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Post#5 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:38 am

And being of warlike folk from the great fortress and city of khazad dum i would spend my time in a smithy making and upkeeping weapons and armor, they might come in handy against anyone. :veryevil:
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Post#6 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:29 pm

Oh Mellon your kindness makes me feel so emotional. I have read what you have written before and know you must be a great artist and creator yourself.
But dear Eagle, you are wrong, there is at least one thing you can create to contribute to the beauty of Middle-Earth, especially King Aragorn's white city.
If our dear Dwarf friends would help it will be amazing. If they would get together and make from ancient stone a tall column, not too tall but let's say about six feet in height, or even a tree carved from stone, then what you could do is build a very very large and magnificent nest, the likes of which has never been seen before,perfect in symmetry and altogether beautiful. Into that we elves could put large eggs carved from the most delicate of wood and overlaid in gold and silver and pale colors made from earthy plants. Just think how wondrous that would be when the golden sunlight strikes the eggs and shines through the rustic twigs and soft bits of feather from the nest. And in the night watches under the moon and stars what a sight that would be, icily glowing. Wonderful

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Post#7 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:09 pm

I have decided, since I have aquired so much mithrail from the obliging Grep, to make for each of you something Elven. If I miss anyone please put in a request.

I shall start with Grondy.

I cannot begin to show the understanding and great accumulated knowledge he has of Middle-Earth and all the classes of creatures, the history of Middle-Earth and all that. I won't even try.
Since our Grondy loves his books so very much, I am going to go through my vast library in Imladris and find two of the most ancient books, one on the Valar, the other on the Silmaril and their making. These books, well actually scrolls were written by members of their lineage and passed down. I should like Grondy to have them.
As they are rather delicate I am going to make silver and mithrail boxes for the scrolls to rest in.
Thin as the spider's web will be the boxes but the mithril will make them harder than steel.
I have chosen to smith the likeness of some of the more famous dwarves on to the covers. Around the edges I shall put, in silver and a secret alloy to strengthen it, the different tools used by the Dwarves to create their marvellous wondrous creations under the stone cold mountains.
In the very bottom right hand corner I shall inscribe in tiny precious gems the name Grondy with the wondrous little avy he uses. Then carefully I shall place into the boxes the scrolls and present them to our Grondy. may they be a source of joy and instruction.

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Post#8 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:42 pm

Oh, :superwow: you shouldn't have Leelee, I really don't deserve it, as everyone would know if they didn't ignore that man behind the curtain. :wiggle: But it certainly sounds beautiful and would be cherished for generations to come. :happyelf:
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Post#9 » Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:24 am

Well you are most welcome. And I must say, I have learned so much from you, not just about Middle-earth but about life, in the short time I have been here that I cannot imagine life now without you in it, even if it is just cyberspace. so thankyou.

Next I have chosen the mysterious, rather terrifying, yet at times unwittingly kind Vee.
She eludes me really(is it a she, I cannot remember, somehow I always think of fire as a she)
and that is part of her intrigue.

I remember the thrill of fear I felt when I viewed Fellowship of the rings for the first time and saw one of the Nazgul. My daughter said "oh cool" and I shivered. And when he cut the head off that poor man who merely asked who went there, well the elf in me was stirred up and I was at mental war with the creatures if they can be called that.
Even though a sworn enemy to the Nine, still I would like to honor the strength, wit, cunning and power they did wield during the height of their mission.
So I have thought a lot about this and decided to travel right to the vicinity of Mordor and collect some molten rock from the former crack of mount doom and haul it back on a cart pulled by my steed. I searched and searched until I found a rather large mass of it that was somehow different from the other. It was black as night but retained tiny splashes of red like fire hidden in pockets of the rock. It was perfect.
From that I carved painstakingly the form of the Witchking mounted upon his winged serpent. I used a method with one of my larger tools that created a rather wavy bent to the cloak of the Nazgul and the wings and tail of the winged thing and that gave a distinct feeling of swift motion.I then melted silver and rubies and poured out thin threads of the liquid masses to create lightning bolts that came from within the masked face of the Nazgul, that was the red, and the silver sparks and lightnings came forth from the crown atop his head.
I mounted this upon a single spiked type of weapon, Grondy knows the name of it, I am sorry I do not. It stands nearly seven feet above ground and is a very chilling and detailed work.
I present this to Vee to grudgingly honor the terrifying feeling the presence of the Nine inspired and the power that was once so great that even the most fearless were deeply affected when they swooped across the terrified heavens in pursuit of the One Ring. So here you go dear Vee.

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Post#10 » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:04 pm

From that I carved painstakingly the form of the Witchking mounted upon his winged serpent.

Quetzalqoatl?
Give up the Halfring, she-elf...

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