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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


“Sing hey! for the bath at close of day that washes the weary mud away! A loon is he that will not sing: O! Water Hot is a noble thing!” - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked


This fine art print of the hobbit bath scene at Crickhollow in chapter five of The Fellowship of the Ring is the most humorous so far in my entire Tolkien art collection. For an artist, this is a dream scene to paint because J.R.R. Tolkien so minutely describes the welcoming room with its warm fire, three big tubs, and water going everywhere as Frodo, Sam and Pippin sing and splash!


I especially enjoyed researching the interior of Icelandic turf houses to depict the colorful blocks of cut turf that edge the roof of Frodo’s temporary home, and I was touched to think of all the trouble that Merry and Fredegar have gone through to prepare this place for Frodo even though they know he cannot remain there. Just imagine coming in from a cold, dark night, full of alarms, to find a dear friend has a hot bath and a good meal ready for you. This is the hobbit friendship which underpins the loyal fellowship without which The Lord of the Rings simply couldn’t be.


If you would enjoy a merry note in some corner of your home, you’ll notice some fun details up-close in this fine art print. Crickhollow is in the Buckland, and you’ll see a pair of little paddles over the mantlepiece as a nod to the unusual fact that, unlike most hobbits, the Bucklanders enjoy going out in boats on the water. There is also a folk-art decoration of a water scene with a little boat and turf house on the linen cupboard behind Frodo’s bathtub. A basket of dried lavender hangs on the wall to freshen the room, and a vase over the fire holds both bullrushes from the water-rich region and some branches of willow…a foreshadowing of the hobbits' next adventure in The Old Forest! Details make paintings worth looking at again and again, and I hope this one brings you both enjoyment and amusement as you think of the jolliness of hobbit-folk who sing out joyfully in their baths and don’t care who hears them.

"Sing Hey! for the Bath at Close of Day" Print

  • Every print you purchase comes with a white border for your convenience. The 32” x 24” print features an image that is 24” x 20” total, with a 2” border on the top and bottom, and a 4” border on either side. The 16” x 12” print features an image that is 12” x 10” total, with a 1” border on the top and bottom, and a 2” 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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