The Grey Havens farewell.. by Susie Hawkins

Photographic manipulation. Manipulated in the Gimp program. I have always been a huge lover of Tolkien since I was a little girl. My most favorite poem was one called ’Bilbo’s last song.’ About his journey to the Grey Havens to leave Middle earth. This is what inspired me to create this frame, something I have meant to do for a very long time.

Bilbo’s Last SongDay is ended, dim my eyes,but journey long before me lies.Farewell, friends! I hear the call.The ship’s beside the stony wall.Foam is white and waves are grey;beyond the sunset leads my way.Foam is salt, the wind is free;I hear the rising of the Sea.Farewell, friends! The sails are set,the wind is east, the moorings fret.Shadows long before me lie,beneath the ever-bending sky,but islands lie behind the Sunthat I shall raise ere all is done;lands there are to west of West,where night is quiet and sleep is rest.Guided by the Lonely Star,beyond the utmost harbour-bar,I’ll find the heavens fair and free,and beaches of the Starlit Sea.Ship, my ship! I seek the West,and fields and mountains ever blest.Farewell to Middle-earth at last.I see the Star above my mast!J.R.R. Tolkien

With thanks to Christine Lake for her stock photographs. In this frame the Harbour wall and the rocks in the sea. All manipulated from the Nunney Castle pictures she took for me.

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    This went to my favs so fast my keyboard is smoking!

  • LOL!! Thank you so much Gina! Hope your keyboards ok Have a wonderful day. :)))))

    – Susie Hawkins

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 4 years ago

    Very, very beautiful… well done!!

  • Thank you so much Rhona, I am so glad you like it. :)

    – Susie Hawkins

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 4 years ago

    Amazing creation – super shine !

    Glitter, Sparkle & Shine

  • Thank you Morag I am so pleased you like it. :)

    – Susie Hawkins

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    very beautiful Susie…..08-29-2010

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! SUSIE :):)

  • Sherri thank you so much for the feature! I am really thrilled to bits!

    – Susie Hawkins

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Leonie. :))

    – Susie Hawkins

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 4 years ago

    This is such an intriguing image! Congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you Angie, I am so pleased you like it. :)

    – Susie Hawkins

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 4 years ago

    Your beautiful work has been Featured this week in All Blends! Congratulations, Susie!

  • Wow! Thank you so much for the feature Nadya. I am so thrilled!! :))

    – Susie Hawkins

  • sarahspictures
    sarahspicturesover 4 years ago

    i saw the title and knew right away id like this…but there are other reasons i like it too – i love the celestial bits you put in your works, like the stars/nebulas…and the ruins and the birds are great – another gorgeous work :)

  • Thank you so much Sarah, I am so happy you like this one. This new series has my imagination on overdrive. :)

    – Susie Hawkins

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 4 years ago

    A magnificent creation.

  • Thank you so much Brandie for your lovely comment. :)

    – Susie Hawkins

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