|The Grey Havens
82.6 x 58.6 cm, 1999
The 2001 Tolkien Calendar, HarperCollinsPublishers
This is one of those paintings that feels like a preliminary run - the time it takes to paint it gives you a feeling for what it might be next time around. In an ideal world, the Pre-Raphaelites would have imagined romantically decaying Victorian ruins in Milford Sound... New Zealand landscape is incredibly striking.
The vignette at the bottom symbolises the "bending" of the earth, but of course the Elven ships can sail straight to Beleriand. And there are those swans again...