A Star Shines

A Note from Cirdan’s Apprentice: Dan Hollingshead is a Grey Havens Group artist whose work will be on display at our Real Myth and Mithril Symposium on April 25-26. Prints and cards of his work will be on sale at the symposium. If you are an artist interested in displaying your work, please register here

I considered giving this post a subtitle of ‘Shelter from the Storm’ since the Elves gave Frodo and his traveling companions much needed protection, simply by allowing the hobbits to travel with them and stay with them at Woody End that night.

This theme carries on through the entire journey of Frodo and company, and to me is an important element in the story. Several times others provided much needed protection without doing much more than any friend (or kind person) would do for another. I think of it as important in Tolkien’s thought, that significant changes can be accomplished in peoples lives, simply by reaching out and helping in whatever way is available at the time, even if it’s only a kind word and company on the road.

A Star Shines

Frodo and his companions had started their great journey. They were still in the Shire, in the woods under starlight, when they encountered a company of Elves, Gildor and several companions traveling at night.

Earlier that day the hobbits had seen and avoided Black Riders twice and were frightened by the experience. While they were still approaching, Frodo heard the Elves speak the name of Elbereth and by that knew that they were Noldor, the High Elves who had returned to Middle Earth from Valinor.

Frodo had learned some of the language of the Elves from Bilbo and greeted Gildor ‘Elen sila lumenn omentielvo’ – the high Elven speech meaning ‘A Star shines on the Hour of our Meeting’.  Gildor responded, ‘Be careful friends, speak no secrets, for here is a scholar in the Ancient Tongue! Bilbo was a good Master, Hail Elf Friend!’

It is one of my favorite chapters in the entire book! Frodo and his companions were fortunate they met Gildor and his company on the road.  Gildor led them to a safe place for that night at Woody End, and Frodo learned much from Gildor who, in addition to giving him what advise he could, sent out word among the Elves for their protection while they were traveling.

Grey Havens Doodles!

At every Grey Havens and Grey Havens YA meeting, we are fortunate to have many artists in our midst. One day, I hope to catch up on scanning and posting at least some of the amazing pieces of art that seem to magically appear during our book discussion meetings. Here are just a few from last week. If you attend one of our upcoming events, such as our Blind Date with a Book Fundraiser or our Real Myth and Mithril Symposium, you will be able to take home an original doodle by a GHG artist as a thank you for a small donation.

What a deal! You can support the GHG mission and take home a tangible example of how a talented artist creates. Here are a few doodles from last week’s meetings.

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Detail of an Unfinished Doodle by Donna Clement at Grey Havens Meeting

Do you recognize the ship and the magnificent bird flying out to meet it?

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Detail of Dragonrider Doodle by Devon Towry at Grey Havens Meeting

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Elf Doodle by Devon Towry at Grey Havens Meeting

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A Dragon Proclaims its Love of GHYA by karinasaib at YA Meeting

We would love to see this on a t-shirt! Wouldn’t you?

vulcan salute doodle

A Grey Havens YA member reminds her friends to live long and prosper!

You can help the Grey Havens Group and Grey Havens YA to live long and prosper with your donation and by attending our entertaining and enlightening events, such as the Real Myth and Mithril Symposium in April, 2015. Register for the symposium before April 15 to receive the Early Bird Special!

Visit our site again for a glimpse of a beautiful, new Tolkien-inspired piece by artist, Dan Hollingshead, and for more artwork from our young members at greyhavensya.com. As a bonus, here are some photos to give you an idea of what happens when we let our YA members express themselves on a white board!

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mouth eyes board

uni doodle

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Thank you for your support!

It’s Time for Geeks to Unite in Longmont, Colorado!

At Grey Havens Group, we know that, like the TARDIS, the imagination is bigger on the inside. Now, one of our resident artists is helping to show the rest of our community!

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Donna Clement, creator of the Grey Havens logo, t-shirt designs, our amazing hobbit hole and more, placed her entry in the Longmont Shock Art contest. Shock Art, an initiative of Longmont’s Art in Public Places, has the mission of adorning the city’s many drab switchgear boxes with stunning art by local artists.

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After many, many hours of detailed design and painting, Donna hands over her scale model at the Longmont Museum. The rest is up to us!

Donna’s design is titled “Windows on Other Worlds.” It features gorgeous views of the Shire, Hogwarts Castle, the TARDIS interior and an image from the Enterprise viewscreen that any geek would weep to behold. Grey Havens, Grey Havens YA, Godric’s Hollow Group and other GHG affiliates have demonstrated the power of geek pride in our community. We know that multiple fandoms are passionately represented here. Now, it is time to let the City of Longmont know by casting a vote for geekery in all its glory!

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If you don’t vote, this could happen. Save the TARDIS!

If you are a Longmont resident, you are eligible to vote. Can you imagine what it would be like to drive past a former eyesore and, instead, get a glimpse from between the shutters of Hagrid’s hut or through the round, green door of Bag End? What geek’s day would not be brightened by an experience like that? I predict that fans from miles and miles around will make a special pilgrimage to Longmont just to see “Windows on Other Worlds” but, more importantly, our own hearts will be lifted every time we pass that wonderful street corner that takes us to the vistas of our dreams.

Voting has already begun and lasts until June 11. All you have to do is stop by the Longmont Museum at 400 Quail Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Check out all the scale models then vote for your five favorites. Donna’s submission is #12. Voting only takes a moment but it can bring Longmont worlds of joy!

Fandoms unite! Spread the word! You can’t stop the signal! We CAN bring magic to Longmont!! VOTE FOR #12!

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: You do NOT have to be a resident of Longmont to vote. If you are in town, swing by the Longmont Museum to show your support for imagination and fun!