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Westernesste's new website.
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Information about and images of the Sidhevair island of Hope (Estel).
Information about and images of the Gateway (Ennyn) to the Sidhevairs
Information about and images of the island Fort (Minas) of the Sidhevairs
Information about and images of the Sidhevair island of Endless Light (Caladanann)
Information about and images of the Sidhevair "city place" island.
Click here for a discussion of Sidhevair ethics.
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A beautiful work to consider:
Madshobbithole: lovely rendering of Bag Eng
While the Sidhevair site primarily focuses upon ways in which the
Inworldz islands of the Sidhevairs further our interests in mythopoeia
and the related work of Westernesste, above is a link to the work of a
woman in the UK, Maddie Chambers, who has taken the inspiration emerging
from Tolkien's work and translated it into a different sort of 3D from
the work we do in the Sidhevair islands. She's built a truly amazing
doll house based upon Bilbo and Frodo's beloved Bag End--and this is an
inspired piece of work.
There are a delightful number of positive responses (via comments) to
her extraordinary labor of love. A few of them have been critical that
Maddie has spent so much time on this interpretive work when she should
have adhered (slavishly it would appear) to the description in the book.
This is despite the fact that she has made it clear that she has drawn
upon the film depiction for part of her inspiration, and that she has
pointed out that the rounding of internal halls, were beyond the scope
of her work on a dollhouse expression of Bag End.
I draw attention to the few rigid responses to someone who has created
such beauty because they are reminiscent of similar discussions (and
arguments) on Elvish languages. (i.e. can we try to fill in the holes in
Tolkien's invented languages--like Sindarin--by extrapolation or
manipulating Quenya to extract useful Elvish words?)
I think it's important that when we approach mythopoeic works including
those of the greats among us like Tolkien, that we don't lose our view
of the forest for the trees. While it's good to have a deep knowledge of
underlying structures--it's also important to relax and appreciate
beauty and inspiration.
With regard to the occasional
concerns that Maddie has taken artistic liberties in her interpretation
of Bag End (as depicted in both books and film), I can only say that she is
handling the absurdity of what is basically fundamentalism with great
While I deeply understand the almost manic enthusiasm and
passion that Tolkien’s work inspires, I think this passion is best
expressed and honored through inspiration such as Maddie's rather than
dogged attempts to find where and on what page she misinterpreted his
descriptions (there is one hilarious satiric comment about the tilt of
quill–that captures the aburdity of this sort of argument). Her work is
exceptional and lovely and captures the
warmth and ‘hominess’ of the Shire in a way that I have rarely
experienced. We see a lot of mythopoeic works playing with language and
poetry, and less tribute paid via the visual and 3 dimensional arts–so
as someone interested in a combination of approaches to mythopoeia I am
pleased to bring this to the attention of the Faelf and other visitors
to the Sidhevairs. I am honored that Maddie has granted permission for
us to provide the above link to her work.