Chi Rho in LOTRO: Tolkien’s Foundation of Faith

“There on a sudden did my heart perceive

That they who sang about the Eve,

Who answered the bright-shining stars

With gleaming music of their strange guitars,

These were His wandering happy sons

Encamped upon those aery leas

Where Gods’ unsullied garment runs

In glory down to his mighty knees.”

- J.R.R Tolkien, from Habbanan beneath the Stars


Sometime in the beleaguered days of 1915, J.R.R. Tolkien sought refuge from military movements, and likely pining for aery leas, he penned the words above. This poem gives us an early glimpse of the artist laying down the supporting stones for his vast legendarium. While the canvas is still largely bare, we can see the foundational elements being mixed together; faith and fairyland, hope and hidden fire.

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Pauline Baynes, Narnia’s illustrator, dies at 85 – UPDATED (2)

Pauline BaynesWe’ve just received the sad news that the original illustrator of The Chronicles of Narnia has just passed away:

Wayne Hammond reports the death of Baynes at her home in Surrey. Pauline Baynes was the original illustrator of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as of Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham (1948), The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book (1962), and Smith of Wootton Major (1967).

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Narnia expert Brian Sibley has written a blog entry about Pauline Baynes that you can read here:

Brian Sibley’s Blog on Pauline Baynes: Queen of Narnia and Middle-Earth

And note that obituaries will be appearing in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian later in the week.

Kind regards,

Brian Sibley

Update 2:

Rem, from the Philippine Order of Narnians, sent us an update with links to the articles posted athe both the Independent and the Guardian:

I thought you’d like to know that, as Mr Sibley said they would, Pauline Baynes’ obituaries have already shown up at the Independent and the Guardian.