It was after nightfall when they had entered the Mines. They had been going for several hours with only brief halts, when Gandalf came to his first serious check.
After some time toying with the idea of revisiting the scene of Gandalf in Moria in more detail, I have finally managed to make the journey into the depths of the Mines and throw together a new artwork. It has been both an interesting and perilous journey, one full of inspiration and excitement and fair few lessons learned in the process.
For this illustration, we head to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV – A Journey In The Dark.
“I have no memory of this place at all!”
Actually Gandalf was awake… He was deep in thought, trying to recall every memory of his former journey in the Mines, and considering anxiously the next course that he should take; a false turn now might be disastrous.
There are so many scenes from The Lord of the Rings (both the books and the movies) that resonate with me for reasons that I can’t usually put my finger on and this one here is a prime example.
Provided with such a wealth of description and captivating storytelling I am there, in the Mines of Moria watching Gandalf as he ponders over his previous visit; I observe him as he strays deep within the realms of memory to find the passage that the fellowship needs to take in order to pass through as quick as possible.
And in true artistic fashion, whilst I’m there observing him, how could I resist getting a sketch done to add to the collection…
It was Gandalf who roused them all from sleep. He had sat and watched all alone for about six hours, and had let the others rest.
‘And in the watches I have made up my mind.’
And the rest they say, is history…
Now I don’t want to make loose promises about future artworks as I have learned that my inspired mind works much, much faster than my capabilities and time restraints allow for me to be able to see every idea I have come to fruition; however, I am definitely considering a fairly simple oil painted version of this scene but from a different angle, perhaps seeing the Grey wizard from the back, as in my previous sketch from years ago.
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