Friday, January 11, 2013

The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: Hobbit-related Fun

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Now, on to two works of Hobbit-related art...

I was a bit disappointed in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as an adaptation of Tolkien's novel, particularly because I felt that it shortchanged the marvelous poetry and music of Tolkien's work.  But I really liked the film's musical interpretation of "Far Over the Misty Mountains"--and this week, I found an acappella version by Peter Hollens that I think is really wonderful.  I like the Gregorian chant-like tonality that he creates, as it evokes the medieval and magical setting of Bilbo and the dwarves (although I do find his facial expressions and head bobbing a bit distracting). 

Take a look:

This week, I also stumbled across the work of Chinese artist Jian Guo, who has posted some of his artistic interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings over at DeviantArt.  I particularly like the following work, which shows the plot of The Hobbit as a long, serpentine road.

This representation of the novel reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from The Lord of the Rings:
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
I really love the colors and the stained glass-look of the piece as well.  There are quite a few more works like this that Jian Guo has done--check out his page on DeviantArt if you like what you see!

By Jen Miller