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Probably my last Tolkien-themed picture (for a little while, at least), since I need to concern myself with a bunch of written exams I have to mark... -_-

Frodo Baggins!

In his case, I actually liked Elijah Wood, mostly because I had hardly bothered to give the four Hobbits many discerning features, and he made a fine Frodo. Still, I went for my own, old vision of him again. :)


Watercolour. ^^

Forestalling The Tolkien Hair Colour Debate, Part CXXVII: Frodo is decribed by Gandalf (in the Prancing Pony, if memory serves) as being fairer than most Hobbits. Now I know that "fair" always means "beautiful" in Tokien's writings, but apparently, the German translator whose translation I read for ten years before switching to the English version did not. So he made it "fairer hair", and I still have a couple of passages in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit that I think of in German.
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kennycheer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :)
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Meluzina Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
So beautiful! I like it very much!
 Neither the Hungarian knew it. :-( 
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Hazins Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I remember Nob saying something about how he used a brown woolen mat to put in the bed in the prancing pony to give the likeness if Frodo's hair to make it look like Frodo was sleeping there. So I think that implies that Frodo's hair is brown, so my image of him was always with brown hair. But this is a really good version of him, too! I really appreciate that you draw the LOTR characters outside of the movie-verse. It's really nice to see different interpretations of the characters' appearance, rather than always seeing art of Elijah's Frodo or Sean's Sam, etc. Not that I don't like the actors; I think they're marvelous. But it's nice to see something different once in a while, you know? Anyways, you did a wonderful job!
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MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I like your version of Frodo. I love Elijah Wood as Frodo, but your version is closer to the how I imagine him when I had the books first read to me by my Dad when I was six years old. Great Work!
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TolkienKnight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Love it!
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Unique-Firecracker-4 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps I shouldn't be talking because I love this picture too much....but could you consider a picture of Sam?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not sure if I can get to an elaborate one. A sketch may be in order soon, as I'm reading the Lord of Rings to my son now and predicatbly, he has trouble keeping the hobbits apart. ;)
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Unique-Firecracker-4 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. Cool! Thanks for replying.
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OtterAndTerrier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is beautiful :aww:
And for the record, the Spanish translations also describe Frodo as 'fair-haired' instead of just 'fair' ;)
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mementomori50 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is very nice :)
A Frodo that isn't based on Elijah wood.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why would he be? :D
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vasanoja Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Finally a Frodo fanart that isn't based on Elijah Wood! XD You don't know how rare these are!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Believe me, I do. :) Thank you!
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Crazi4budgies Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Cute!!
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AmyLvsLukeTriton Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
omg i looovee lord of the rings at the mo and i loooooove frdo sooooooo much and this is sooo kl i loooove it !!!!!
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rain-and-sunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is probably one of the most original interpretations of frodo I've seen (since quite a lot of them, at least now, are influenced by the movies). really beautiful (fair? xD ) work!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Frodo Baggins – an unsure, three-foot-tall, food-loving Hobbit, who goes on a quest not for glory or vengeance, but because he is willing to sacrifice his happiness (without even being appreciated by his people) for his homeland. A true hero :heart:

So unlike the usual fantasy heroes you see today :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not that he'd ever said "yes" if you'd asked him, before the start of the adventure, "How about going on a quest not for glory or vengeance, but because you're willing to sacrifice his happiness (without even being appreciated by your people) for your homeland?"

Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Thank you!
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
:)
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CaseyAzalea Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I like this design for Frodo a lot. Very nice.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I love your version of Frodo! Colors and details are fantastic--especially the tatters on his still beautiful Elvish cloak! :)
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BelDarion-X Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Artist
This looks great! :D
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ChristinaLakish Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome original illustration of Frodo! love it!
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SuperDude9000 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
This kinda reminds me of a tarot card.
"A Frodo Baggins in the mix, eh? Your future shall be adventurous, deadly, and you will be accompanied by a seven foot wizard."
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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STUDLROW-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Composition appeals to me.
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noleme Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Beautiful piece of work :)
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LoudSkies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I was thinking about Frodo yesterday as I was eating mushrooms :iconhurrplz:
Yes, Elijah Wood made a pretty handsome hobbit, I have to agree. I know there are many who do not like him, but having grown up watching the movies, I don't notice any bad acting on his part.
And, darn it. You've done it again. Inspired me, that is XD
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's good! :)
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Cel-sy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Nice! im reding it again! :)
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Midna-the-Imp Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
oh...I was wondering why Frodo's hair was...blonder. :P All I remember was that the books said it was brown...but it's been awhile since I've read them, so, whatever. ;)

Anyways, nice job on this one! ;P
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Valliegurl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
hello! just letting you know that I've featured your art piece here at my blog. (:
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Valliegurl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   General Artist
you're welcome! (:
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SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
FRODO!!!!!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
HE'S AWESOME!!!
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Sykozoku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I love the outfit you put him in, especially the cloak. Such lovely colors and textures. Once again, great job with the anatomy. :)
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LovableMonster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I heart hobbits ^^
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
EEEE such a cute Frodo <3333
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puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is why I love illustration so much; it is the translation of one's imagination onto paper. I love to see the different versions of characters and scenes, and I think your Frodo is fantastic. That is interesting, about the German translation. I was unfortunate, in that I was about 9 when the first movie came out, and read the book when I was 12, so I didn't really get the chance to devise my own characters. Although, just like Harry Potter, when I read the books, and then after a while, watch the movie, I always find, I have warped the characters a little in my mind :P
This is beautiful, I want to paint now. But I really should be analysing three media texts. Which is very interesting.... As you can tell.... :giggle:
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juliathedrawer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
beatifully colored :D
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Kapulia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
it's really cool, I love it :)
Like the serious look on his face and how different he is from the movie :D
Good job :)

i really like your style btw, and how you draw clothes :D
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hevial Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I got the impression when I read it years ago that maybe he did have lighter hair. Anyway, I like your take on him. The ragged edges on his cloak and pants are a nice touch.
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brownbess5000 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Amazing work! Love the colours you've worked with
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BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good. I like his expression.
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosh, he's so darling. Love the patch on his elbow.
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Elistariel Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
When reading old (as in written before I was born or my mother was born) stories when I come across the word "fair;" is it supposed to be fair as in pale or beautiful. Did the writer not see a difference in the two words?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, apparently the translator didn't... ;)
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