20 February 2016

Rackham's THE VALKYRIE Painting Retouched

I’ve been reading Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungen, which was a major source of inspiration for Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

C. S. Lewis owned a copy illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and he said that book inspired the longing he referred to as seinsucht, that out-of-reach “northernness” that initiated his search for God. 

I just finished the second part, called THE VALKYRIE (which, by the way, subtly inspired my own novel, SONG OF LOCKE). The ending is so epic and tragic. It kills me! But I don’t want to spoil it. Either ask me in person or just read it! 

Below stands Rackham’s painting of that final scene, which I’ve posted in its original form, along with a version I retouched in Photoshop, because that’s what I do. 

I’m a little way into the third part, called SIEGFRIED. The final part is called THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. 

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