This listing is for a set of two beautiful 5x7 fine art prints that were created from high-quality scans of Bryana's original miniature watercolor paintings and the hand-lettered text of Sam's Song in a modified uncial script. The tiny, intricate watercolor paintings measure approximately 44 mm in diameter and the artwork is printed on two sheets of 340 gsm archival-quality textured watercolor paper measuring 5x7 inches. Each print is signed and labelled by the artist.
For many years now, I have been dreaming about creating a little set of illustrations for Sam's Song in the Orc-Tower as it appears in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Two Towers." This lyrical declaration of stubborn hope comes from a place of murky darkness and desperation, when Sam Gamgee is alone in the fearful land of Mordor, fruitlessly searching for the captured Frodo. It is in this tumultuous, lonely, and muddled situation that Sam composes these verses celebrating indomitable, clinging courage – a poem which has long been one of my favorites of Tolkien's lyrics.
In seeking out models for my rendering of The Shire, I ended up choosing the view from the kitchen window of my favorite childhood home, located in a remote village in the Middle East (where I lived until I was fifteen). The tree located outside the hobbit-hole in the painting is an oak tree under which I and my siblings spent many happy hours painting, reading and picnicking, so this piece is special to me in a personal way.
In western lands beneath the sun
the flowers may rise in spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
and swaying beeches bear
the elven-stars as jewels white
amid their branching hair.
Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the sun
and stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the day is done,
nor bid the stars farewell.
Ships for free within the United States! Please allow 2-4 business days for this item to ship. Small prints shipped within the US will be mailed with cardboard backing to ensure maximum durability during transit.
International Shipping Notice
Free international shipping is now available for my small fine art prints, but please note that if you are located outside the United States and select the free shipping option, your print will be shipped as a letter. It will be mailed in a Kraft paper envelope with a protective cellophane sleeve but without cardboard backing or tracking. This is because international USPS rates for rigid packages are prohibitive for items of this size. (However, if you'd like to pay to have your print shipped with tracking and cardboard backing, feel free to select the "USPS First Class International" option during checkout.)
© 2021 Bryana Joy
The artist retains all copyrights.