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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 :)
Meluzina Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
So beautiful! I like it very much!
 Neither the Hungarian knew it. :-( 
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!
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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!
TolkienKnight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Love it!
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?
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. ;)
Unique-Firecracker-4 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. Cool! Thanks for replying.
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' ;)
mementomori50 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is very nice :)
A Frodo that isn't based on Elijah wood.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why would he be? :D
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!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Believe me, I do. :) Thank you!
Crazi4budgies Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
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 !!!!!
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!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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 :)
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!
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
CaseyAzalea Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I like this design for Frodo a lot. Very nice.
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! :)
BelDarion-X Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Artist
This looks great! :D
ChristinaLakish Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome original illustration of Frodo! love it!
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."
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
STUDLROW-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Composition appeals to me.
noleme Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Beautiful piece of work :)
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
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's good! :)
Cel-sy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Nice! im reding it again! :)
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
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. (:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
Valliegurl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   General Artist
you're welcome! (:
SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
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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. :)
LovableMonster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I heart hobbits ^^
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
EEEE such a cute Frodo <3333
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:
juliathedrawer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
beatifully colored :D
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
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.
brownbess5000 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Amazing work! Love the colours you've worked with
BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good. I like his expression.
cesca-specs Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosh, he's so darling. Love the patch on his elbow.
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?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, apparently the translator didn't... ;)
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