Friday, May 2

A far, green country

Jaq posted this beautiful painting by Ted Nasmith:

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It makes me think of that wonderful passage from Return of the King:
"And it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise." (ROTK, Book 6, Chapter IX: The Grey Havens).
They repurposed it for the movies, but I liked their usage:
Pippin: I didn't think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path... One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it.
Pippin: What? Gandalf?... See what?
Gandalf: White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: [smiling] Well, that isn't so bad.
Gandalf: [softly] No... No it isn't.
And then I think of Annie Lenox's marvelous treatment of 'Into the West' at the end of the ROTK soundtrack.

Namárië.
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