Do mortals die in the undying lands? nice question! I always thought YES but now I'm not sure.
Christopher Tolkien has divulged some of his father’s letters and they said this:
"the mythical idea underlying is that for mortals, since their ‘kind’ cannot be changed for ever, is strictly only a temporary reward: a healing and redress of suffering. They cannot abide for ever, and though they cannot return to mortal earth, they can and will ‘die’ of free will, and leave the world.”
SO....they have lived longer, not forever! OR NOT? perhaps there is no one right answer .___.
I want to resurrect Tolkien to have a CLEAR ANSWER XD
At any rate, it's a beautiful picture, but why do you do this to us
But perhaps the better so for his creations - they are more like us for it .
...but I love it
I hate to think about Gimli's death, because it's the most horrible, terrible and worst thing in reality and in the Middle Earth. And when I think about Gimli's death, then come the end to the both fucking worlds..
But I love your sad Legolas. С:
There is a book called 'The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien' which go into further details and explain much of the finer things in his works. One of these letters 325 it says:
'As for Frodo or other mortals, they could only dwell in Aman for a limited time — whether brief or long. The Valar had neither the power nor the right to confer ‘immortality’ upon them. Their sojourn was a ‘purgatory’, but one of peace and healing and they would eventually pass away (die at their own desire and of free will) to destinations of which the Elves knew nothing.'
Hope that clears it up
That or someone artistically arranged vines around him.
However: It has been foretold by Mandos that in the Final Battle, Dagor Dagorath, the alliance of Valar, Maiar, good humans, dwarves and elves - in short "the good guys" fight the last and biggest fight against Evil ( namely Morgoth and his countless underlings) and win (Yay!) with Turin Turambar finally slaying Morgoth for good. And afterwards all elves, dwarves and humans are revived and it's one big party on earth
So in the very end I think they'll see each other again. Like the ultimate Happy End, if you will
And I think this is a great picture, too!
Its killing me slowly TT^TT
The sad way Legolas looks in this piece, is like many many years has passed and he still remembers his old friend and still visits him whenever he can. . . great portrayal of friendship indeed
This is a lovely picture anyway.
I like to think both of them lives forever, that time stopped in moment where book end and everyone is happy~! .-.
I always loved Legolas and Gimli's friendship. It developed so naturally and despite everything. I'm sad just thinking about how one of the greatest friendships of middle earth had to come to an end.
but very good work
(and beautiful, too)
And I'm still adding this to my faves... It's too beautiful.
Gimlie didn't suffer the pains of old age, sure he might of had to give up a few things (fighting, since it was no longer needed) But, it meant he never got arthritis or anything else old dwarves get.
Gimlie was able to choose when he died. I'm sure one day after his beard had turned gray, and he knew that he was ready, that he had grown tired of living...
(not to make it sound depressing, but imagine what a dwarf does if he cant mine/fight/smith? Not much (I mean I guess the undying lands didn't really need a smith, I mean, why make weapons if their useless?)
...He simply closed his eyes and let go. peacefully let go.
tbh I'm more sad for Legolas....
he grew found of Gimlie, or his other friends, knowing that he had to leave them for the undying lands, Sure he got a few more (decades? Centuries?) with Gimlie in the undying lands, but in the end I am certain that he was by Gimlie's side in the end.
He had to bury like, his best friend, his only (non elf) friend that he truly enjoyed being with.
Imagine burying a friend knowing that you will probably never be buried next to him. Never be able to join him.