JRR Tolkien Sketch and design for dust-jacket for The Fellowship of the Ring
In January 1954, six months before the first volume of The Lord of the Rings was published Tolkien wa asked by Allen & Unwin to suggest a dust-jacket design for the book. He replied, late in February, that he was ‘without both time and inspiration’, but before another month had passed he produced two ‘notions’ for jackets if the first two volumes, the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. “I can hardly call them more” than notions, he wrote, “owing to their technical deficiencies. But someone might be able to rectify them or produce something on their lines. (I have indicated the precise form and significance of the ‘elvish’ lettering.)”
Five designs by Tolkien of the Fellowship of the Ring jacket are extant. One differs from the rest in that a ribbon outlined in black ink and blue pencil runs behind the central ring (representing Sauron’s Ring), and the upper, red-jeweled ring (meant to be Narya, the ruby Ring of Fire worn by Gandalf, in symbolic opposition to Sauron) is offset from the centre, the runic text on the ribbon reads ‘in the land of shadows where the Mordor lie’, shadow and Mordor curiously inverted. The text in red tengwar around the centre Ring is, with minor differences, the Ring inscription in the Black Speech, as published in book 1, chapter 2: ‘Ash nazg etc..’ At bottom left and right are the other two of the three Elven rings, Nenya and Vilya, the Rings of Water and Air, set with adamant and sapphire. Of Tolkien’s other designs for the Fellowship jacket, [the second picture] is representative. The central device is almost fully realized: Narya suspended between stylized flames above the One Ring, within which floats the eye of Sauron (later, upon a field of black), and around which the Ring inscription is written in fiery tengwar.
From: “J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & iIlustrator”, by Hammond & Scull, page 179
Summary: The RFA+S wake up before MC. In
my Ideal World. Not that long after Seven’s After Story.
of Life; Fluff
for a little swearing and a little steaminess.
Word Count: Approx.
A miracle happened,
Saeran woke up before
you did. That never happened.
To earn a living, your
boyfriend did freelance coding and internet security algorithms, and
the work usually brought him late into the night. He had incredibly
erratic sleeping hours, either sleeping in late, or taking random
naps throughout the day. More often than not, you ended up going to
bed by yourself.
However, the night
before, Saeran had fallen asleep with you. You had drifted off to
sleep in his arms and he hadn’t wanted to disturb you.
It was your phone’s
alarm that had awakened him. It was an annoying, almost whining
sound; you had picked it specifically because it irritated you and
you would want to turn it off immediately. Unfortunately, you had
set that alarm ages ago; now, you were a little bit too used to the
sound. Abruptly roused, Saeran glared at the phone in question, then
looked down at you, still with your head on one of his arms. You
didn’t move; your boyfriend smirked a little to hear you snoring
He hesitated, then
reached over you to your phone, hitting the ‘snooze’ button for you.
You always set your alarm too early. A couple more minutes of rest
couldn’t hurt. Saeran wrapped you more comfortably into his arms,
and kissed the top of your head.
he thought, resting his chin in your hair.
knew you had work, that day, but he never liked seeing you leave.
Now, you might be thinking, “haven’t you all done this one already?” And you would be right, TECHNICALLY we have “done” this one. But that post is from SEVEN YEARS AGO and it is QUITE UNDERWHELMING. It’s literally like the second post we ever did. So upon the recommendation of Friend of the Blog Grace M., I’m revisiting this one.
It starts with a charming scene between Guinan and Worf in which Guinan is wearing one of her signature “teardrop” hats:
What’s the likelihood that there is a nail polish called Aubergine-ius out there somewhere
I absolutely love how asymmetrical the humanoid digimon are. I love how their clothing is often chaotic, looking like they’ve been pulled from several different outfits (and often literally stitched together from other digimon)
I love that even though they’re humanoid they often have very non-human features, such as out of proportion limbs, or masks covering their faces (suggesting something monstrous could be beneath??), or even machinery and other non-organic objects fused to them
idk. I know the humanoid digimon get a lot of shit, and it’s popular to accuse digimon designs of being overdesigned/cluttered. but for me the chaos is definitely part of the charm. to me they look like these beings that have become too powerful, causing their bodies to mutate, or forcing them to steal data from other digimon, or mutilating themselves with attempted upgrades
even if they appear cluttered at first glance, if you really look at their designs you find so much too. from clever accessories, to recurring elements and references to other digimon. you get the impression it’s all deliberately added
and honestly? it’s so self indulgent too. you can tell all the belts and asymmetry and everything else are entirely the artists #aesthetics. the designs are often just fun because the artist is obviously having fun. and I totally support that