“The great jewel shone before his feet of its own inner light, and yet, cut and fashioned by the dwarves, who had dug it from the heart of the mountain long ago, it took all light that fell upon it and changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance shot with glints of the rainbow.” The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.
This is Tolkien’s description of the Arkenstone, when Bilbo first finds it in Smaug’s vast hoard. Jewels figure prominently in the works of the Professor—from Fëanor’s famed Silmarils, to the myriad jewels of the Noldor, the famed necklace of the Dwarves--the Nauglamir, and to the incandescent beauty of the Arkenstone of Thror. They hold a spark of their own, an internal flame or light that shines for all to behold.
Our theme for June and July is Spark.
Sparks are also found in Gandalf’s famous fireworks and when he uses his fire skills to fend off the goblins in the Misty Mountains or the wolves when the Company is trapped up in the trees.
We find Trolls kicking the sparks of a fire into Thorin’s face in the Hobbit and Smaug sending sparks of flame flying through the air.
There is the spark that lights Aragorn’s pipe and the embers that spark the flame in the famous Hall of Fire in Rivendell.
Sparks can be physical, as when Gimli uses his skills with tinder and flint to start a flame, or they can be metaphorical—a spark of an idea, a spark of hope, a spark of anger.
And the winners are both of these stories, since we had a tie:
Her Mother's Daughter by Carawyn
Small Magic for Small Hobbits by Karri
This month we were also delighted to have one picture:
if you never say hello by Stefanie
If you would like to illustrate any of these stories, you can take part in our special all-year-round artistic challenge!
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And this is the winner and participation banner for this challenge:
Congratulations to the winners!
Mirach, Carawyn, Karri, Sian22 and Lotrfan