The Rising of the Sea


Rye, United Kingdom

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March 2005
Oil on Canvas, 12″×16″

Commissioned double portrait, referencing Camas nan Geall (on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland) and Bilbo’s Last Song by J R R Tolkien, which towards the end of his life he gave to his beloved Joy Hill.

Bilbo’s Last Song

Day 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 Sun
that 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

© 2008 Helen Lambert – Earth : Sky : Art
The artist retains rights and reproduction privileges of this image.


I live with a white fluffy cat in North London, where I work from home as a professional artist and designer. I am also a druid, a saxophonist, a folk singer and a filthy hippy :)

I regularly accept commissions for bespoke artworks – you can find out more about my work at my website, Earth:Sky:Art.

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