The (Tarnished) Silmarillion

Full-leather fine binding of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The Two Trees are surface-gilt on the cover in metals that will tarnish, so over time the book will literally reenact their destruction. However the one fruit and flower that became the sun and moon are surface-gilt in gold and palladium, and will stay bright.

The edge decoration, sprinkled gilt and palladium over gouache, depicts the fate of the silmarils: “one in the airs of heaven, and one in the fires of the heart of the world, and one in the deep waters.”

The titling is done in palladium with finishing tools that I made myself, because I couldn’t pass up the chance to use Feanorean letters to title the book where Feanor is one of the central characters.

(longer post about the binding here, written when I originally bound it)

I love you, but fear you also.

I have gained so many followers lately, which is new for me. So half of me wants to say “WELCOME WELCOME!! Please come in and have a cup of tea! Would you like a biscuit with that?”. But the other half of me wants to say “FLEEEE FLEE WHILE YOU STILL CAN! GET OUT! Save yourselves from the inevitable boredom of my blog!”.

I want to hug you, but also hide under my bed. Maybe, if you want to stick around, you can hide under there with me :) Then we can have a party with cheese and crackers and maybe champagne, but non-alcoholic beverages will be available too if that’s more your thing.