File:J.R.R. Tolkien - Fangorn Forest.jpg
This painting by J.R.R. Tolkien appeared first in The J. R. R. Tolkien Calendar 1974, and an enlargement of the central area of the picture in The Lord of the Rings 1977 Calendar, in both Calendars captioned 'Fangorn Forest', as in the title inscription, in the hand of the artist, on the painting itself. In The Silmarillion Calendar 1978 the same reproduction as in 1977 was used, but this time captioned "Beleg finds Gwindor in Taur-nu-Fuin". The reason for this is that while preparing the 1978 Calendar the original significance of the painting was realized.
J.R.R. Tolkien stated in a letter of 1937 that the picture of Mirkwood for The Hobbit was itself redrawn from a painting made earlier to illustrate the passage in The Silmarillion (Chapter 21) where Beleg finds Gwindor in the forest of Taur-nu-Fuin. That painting is beyond question the one reproduced here, despite the title 'Fangorn Forest'. In view of the title the two figures would naturally be taken to be the hobbits Pippin and Merry, straying in Fangorn before their encounter with Treebeard (The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter 4). It is clear, however, that this is not so; the figures are elves and not hobbits; and the elf climbing over the tree-roots is Beleg Strongbow of Doriath, bearing his great sword Anglachel (which was afterwards reforged for Tu'rin and from which he became known as the Black Sword of Nargothrond). The other is Gwindor of Nargothrond, lying exhausted after his escape from the mines of Angband, with his lamp beside him.
The only possible explanation is that J.R.R. Tolkien decided that the Silmarillion painting could nevertheless be used, in the 1974 Calendar, as an illustration of the hobbits in Fangorn Forest. It was probably done at the same time as the other Silmarillion paintings in the late 1920s.
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