Sunday 9 May 2021

FORTY YEARS ON... Eric Fraser's LORD OF THE RINGS radio art: Week 10


At mid-day on this Sunday, forty years ago, listeners to episode10 of the BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings, witnessed 'The Breaking of the Fellowship'. Eric Fraser's original art for the illustration accompanying that day's programme-billing in Radio Times depicts the 'star-glass' given to Frodo by the Lady Galadriel on the Fellowship's departure from Lothlórien. I particularly admire Fraser's use of black-and-white to indicate the light radiating from the phial...


'In this phial,' she said, 'is caught the light of Eärendil's star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.'


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