marbretherese wrote:Incidentally, according to Hammond & Scull, the painting would have been done after 1944. They point out that Tolkien has incorporated a red line into the mortar between the bricks, as though blood is running through it (you can see it if you hold the book up to your face and squint really hard with one eye shut). And there is a sinister red glowing from the windows at the top . . .
I'm off now to write a treatise on bricks. The things you learn once you start looking . . . .
I'm off to squint at the painting!
Merry - what an interesting idea! It's certainly something I never thought of and this is a good place to talk about it because it's possible he also took it into his art.
The flag of Rohan is a white horse on a green ground.
Green and yellow are both good colours. The hobbits are given a room with green mats and yellow curtains at Tom Bombadil's house. The floor has fresh green rushes and 'soft green slippers' are set beside the bed. A true haven!
Goldberry's 'long yellow hair' rippled over her gown of 'green, green as young reeds'.
Of course the Ring of Barahir has a green stone. Also there is the green Elfstone - the brooch Galadriel gives to Aragorn. Are there other green stones? Certainly there is a lot of green associated with Aragorn which is only right for a returning King, heralding a resurgence of his line.
I bet there are other examples....