Monday, September 02, 2013

QotD: "He used to spend a long time on a single leaf, trying to catch its shape, and its sheen, and the glistening of dewdrops on its edges" Tolkien

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"He had a number of pictures on hand; most of them were too large and ambitious for his skill.He was the sort of painter who can paint leaves better than trees. He used to spend a long time on a single leaf, trying to catch its shape, and its sheen, and the glistening of dewdrops on its edges. Yet he wanted to paint a whole tree, with all of its leaves in the same style, and all of them different." "Leaf by Niggle" by J.R.R. Tolkien



Today's quote is from the Creator of Middle Earth, yes, J.R.R. Tolkien himself. The lines above are from the story, "Leaf by Niggle" (1945) from the 1964 collection Tree and Leaf. And, surprise, today marks the 40th anniversary of Tolkien's death (2 September 1973).

It was just a year later, in 1974, when I was introduced to Tolkien when in 8th grade we were required to read The Hobbitt. I quickly leaped to The Lord of the Rings and, fixed on threes, started to explore trilogies. This lead to my introduction to the Great Master, Dante.

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