July 22, 2008

slipping backward

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"Now the Lady arose, and Celeborn led them back to the hythe. A yellow noon lay on the green land of the Tongue, and the water glittered with silver. All at last was made ready. The Company took their places in the boats as before. Crying farewell, the Elves of Lorien with long grey poles thrust them out into the flowing stream, and the rippling waters bore them slowly away. The travelers sat still without moving or speaking. On the green bank near to the very point of the Tongue the Lady Galadriel stood alone and silent. As they passed her they turned and their eyes watched her slowly floating away from them. For so it seemed to them: Lorien was slipping backward, like a bright ship masted with enchanted trees, sailing on to forgotten shores, while they sat helpless upon the margin of the grey and leafless world.

Even as they gazed, the Silverlode passed out into the currents of the Great River, and their boats turned and began to speed southward. Soon the white form of the Lady was small and distant. She shone like a window of glass upon a far hill in the westering sun, or as a remote lake seen from a mountain: a crystal fallen in the lap of the land. Then it seemed to Frodo that she lifted her arms in a final farewell, and far but piercing-clear on the following wind came the sound of her voice singing. But now she sang in the ancient tongue of the Elves beyond the Sea, and he did not understand the words: fair was the music, but it did not comfort him." - The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

6 comments:

Gawdess said...

a lush illustration of this passage

Yankee T said...

Fabulous pairing of verbal and visual.

concretegodmother said...

a perfect match! man, i'm loving this!

rachel said...

such a cool picture. i kept trying to tilt my head different ways - trying to follow the various trunks and reflections. captivating shot! :)

rachel said...

I put a link to this picture on Shutter Sisters today - the post was absolutely perfect for this picture!

http://shuttersisters.com/home/2008/7/29/this-end-up.html

Cloudscome said...

Thank you Rachel! I love shutter sisters and have learned so much from the posts there and everyone else's links. As you know I am on a water theme this month. This shot is of the creek we like to walk along. The light is in the late afternoon so it's kind of hazy and mysterious.