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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


“‘It takes a lot o’ believing,’ said the gaffer, ‘though I can see he’s been mixing in strange company. What’s come of his weskit? I don’t hold with wearing ironmongery, whether it wears well or no.’ ” - The Return of the King, Book VI, Chapter 8: The Scouring of the Shire


We are sitting in the warm kitchen of Farmer Cotton’s hole when Sam and the Gaffer burst into this engrossing scene from “The Scouring of the Shire” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.


Distraught over the colonization of the Shire by Saruman and his ruffians, the Gaffer takes Mr. Frodo to task for going off ‘trapessing’ in foreign parts and letting Bag End become occupied by foes. Frodo mollifies him with a promise to try to set things right, and astonishes him in attempting to explain how Sam has earned fame throughout Middle-earth. Rosie looks on in admiration, and the hobbits plan the next steps of their rebellion.


What’s come of Sam’s weskit is that it’s been replaced by a gilded mail shirt from Gondor, and that is Sting at his belt. Frodo’s mithril shirt peeps over his tunic, and an elvish star shines upon his chest. Merry stands at the window, surveying the Great East Road, and girded in gear of war. The hobbits have returned from their epic adventure prepared to rouse their own folk for the most important battle of all. While some adaptations of The Lord of the Rings may leave out the passages of the tale that relate to the homecoming of the hobbits to a ruined Shire, making it seem as though Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin have risked both health and life for the sake of Men, I believe that “The Scouring of the Shire” is an indispensable climax of the book.


Like all hidden folk, the hobbits can become fierce when their environment is destroyed, or their customs are disrespected. Rather than being on the borders of the Perilous Realm, hobbits are right at the heart of it. And by hanging a museum-quality print in your home of this central scene at the Cottons’ farm, you may find courage in standing up for the good and simple things of life on our green Earth. Almost anyone can be a hobbit hero with a little good, plain hobbit sense.


If you’d like to read more about this painting, please read: The Rousing of Hobbits.

"What's Come of His Weskit?" Tolkien Art 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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