rysowAnia, Tolkien Artist-of-the-Month: “Looking into the Stone”

“The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama.”

rysowAnia is my Tolkien Artist of the Month. Last week, I looked at “Nienna“, her depiction of the weeping Vala. This week, I consider “Looking into the Stone“, which concerns Denethor and the Palantír of Minas Tirith.
Denethor appears just like I’d imagine him to look as he stares into the Palantír: hungry (even greedy!) for some hopeful knowledge, haggard with the worries of siege and a shrinking realm. It’s interesting to note that his hands become translucent when gripping the seeing stone. It’s almost like he’s in the process of becoming a wraith! He seems not altogether so different in spirit from Gollum, desperate as he was for the One Ring.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of the enshrouding white light. The Palantír was stored in the highest room of Minas Tirith (aka Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun). As we know, the use of the Palantír was one of Denethor’s gravest mistakes. Perhaps this “sunlight” is meant to demonstrate that the Steward of Gondor had turned his attention away from the light of the heavens and the matters of his responsibility and was seeking forbidden “light” instead. A point worthy of contemplation…

Tune in next week when I’ll feature another one of rysowAnia’s pieces. In the meantime, hop on over to her DeviantArt gallery and check out the rest of her work.