Into the Old Forest  

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Uploaded: 08/15/11 2:29 PM GMT
Into the Old Forest
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For the Tolkien-esque contest.

From "The Old Forest", chapter 6 of The Lord of the Rings.
Frodo and his friends are leaving the Shire secretly by going west into the Old Forest, instead of north to the road. The Forest is reached through a break in the Hedge used to keep the unfriendly trees out of the Shire ...

"It had walls of brick at the sides, which rose steadily, until suddenly they arched over and formed a tunnel that dived deep under the Hedge and came out in the hollow on the other side.
"It was dark and damp. At the far end it was closed by a gate of thick-set iron bars. On the far side was a faint path leading up on to the floor of the Forest; but it vanished as soon as it brought them under the trees."

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08/15/11 7:10 PM GMT
Really nice work, Hannah. You did a great job of interpretating that passage. Fits so well. Good luck!
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08/17/11 1:39 AM GMT
This is a beautiful scene you've created, inviting, lovely and dangerous. The brick edges could be a little older and rougher but it's magical and its a keeper for me.
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08/18/11 7:28 PM GMT
this really does remind me of the entry to the old forest, it dosnt look so bad, Fatty Bolger really should have gone too.:)
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08/21/11 1:31 AM GMT
Fantastic work and great details.
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08/22/11 9:35 AM GMT
It's a lovely and imaginative scene; I like the way you have tried to evoke something specific from the book. I smiled when I saw it, because I had been thinking to myself that Vue is much better at landscapes and vegetation than Bryce, but I was stuck with Bryce because I understood it better. A two-week deadline isn't the time to try and find my way around software I'm not used to.

But there you have it; much better and more realistic scenery. I love the shape of the spears on the gate, but my favourite bit is probably the faraway chinks of light at the edge of the forest. They look to me like distant church windows, but that adds an extra dimension. Makes me think of elves. :-)

Best of luck in the contest!
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