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Museum-Quality Matte Paper Print available in two sizes:

12" x 16" (30cm x 40cm): $35.00

24" x 32" (60cm x 80cm): $48.00


“'Celebrant is already a strong stream here, as you see,' said Haldir, 'and it runs both swift and deep, and is very cold. We do not set foot in it so far north, unless we must. But in these days of watchfulness we do not make bridges. This is how we cross! Follow me!'” - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 6: Lothlórien


In one way, we enter Faërie on page one of The Hobbit, meeting a Little Folk who are different from Men in numerous ways, but there are particular scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium in which the reader crosses a specific threshold deeper into the beautiful but "Perilous Realm." The crossing of Haldir's rope bridge over Celebrant toward the heart of Elvendom on earth is just such a scene.


The Fellowship must trust that this mysterious, fair-spoken, but stern and commanding elf will guide them safely over the swift river to a much needed haven. And in traversing this span, another kind of bridge is being built between the kindreds. Gimli and Haldir have exchanged sharp words, but the elf then bows to the dwarf and begs his pardon. It is an act of healing of inter-kindred prejudice, and presages the reverence Gimli will shortly come to feel for Galadriel. The friendship of all the free peoples of Middle-earth is a necessary component to the downfall of the enemy, and so these moments of entering into the cultures and feelings of one another's fellows are of real significance.


Meanwhile, the little hobbits inspire us to courage. Only Merry and Frodo would have had much experience with water from their youths in Buckland, but as Sam says when he has safely reached the other shore of the Silverlode,


"Live and learn! as my gaffer used to say."


This original, hand-done painting may be a touchstone in your home for remembering both the good work of building bridges between kindreds, and of sometimes taking necessary risks with hobbit hardihood. How good it is to think that much-needed recovery, escape and consolation await the beloved Fellowship in Lothlórien on the other shore.

"Following Haldir Over Celebrant" Tolkien Art Print

  • Every print you purchase comes with a white border for your convenience. The 24” x 32” print features an image that is 20” x 24” total, with a 4” border on the top and bottom, and a 2” border on either side. The 12” x 16” print features an image that is 10” x 12” total, with a 2” border on the top and bottom, and a 1” border on either side. If you take your print to a framer, you can either have it framed with the border or have your framer remove the border before framing.


    The 250 gsm/ 110lb paper is perfect for fine art, designed to last for years without losing its original beauty. It is FSC-certified paper or equivalent certifications, depending on regional availability, for the sake of the Earth. Each poster is shipped in robust packaging, ensuring it arrives safely and securely. Paper sizes may vary slightly by region. For the US and Canada, the measurement is in inches, while for the rest of the world, it is in centimeters.

  • Your order will be printed on-demand by Gelato - a recognized leader in the creation of fine art prints. As the artist, I have ordered samples of my prints to ensure quality, but if you experience any quality issues, please contact support at Gelato via the many support options offered on this page:
    Thank you so much for your purchase. Wishing you great enjoyment!

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