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Gimli s Tomb by Kibbitzer Gimli s Tomb by Kibbitzer
Immortality is a bad thing :c 

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

Legolas and old Gimli-asdfghjklqwert by KibbitzerThe Hobbit: Totem of naked hairy Dwarves by KibbitzerBRObot: together again by KibbitzerYama by Kibbitzer
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kayra18 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
I wondered this myself for such a long time that after a while I did some looked into it.  
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 :)
rozzandmaya Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
just love the subtle colors.  such a powerful story in one solitary image too.  great work!
archangelmary Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
the feels...
Tavein Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Whoa, Legolas has been sitting there a really long time. O.o

That or someone artistically arranged vines around him.
ElDragonVioleta Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This really makes me sad :( , bc first die his mother and then, he cried for 400 years and, now his best friend die. This show us that the inmortality is horrible sometimes. 
Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The way I understand it is that first every mortal who enters Aman - be it human or dwarf - will die after a rather long lifespan (and lots of fun). I don't know where the dwarves are supposed to go after death but the humans (including hobbits)simply move on.
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 earthI am a dummy!
So in the very end I think they'll see each other again. Like the ultimate Happy End, if you willNod

And I think this is a great picture, too!:thumbsup:
avispadator Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Photographer
Based of what i understood of it, living in the undyingd lands means living and dying without suffering, kinda like being on morphine 24/7...
Kibbitzer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
yes! I think so too!
avispadator Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Photographer
well, it doesn't sound so bad, is kinda like living in a dream till you die, sounds actually kinda cool...
SakuraUzumaki121 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Tigercaramelrecinos Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
marchy96 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Artist
DA FEELZ!! :cries:
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
AranelGreenleaf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're sad....poor Legolas...Waaaah! But I think that when Legolas leaves Middle Earth someday.... he's gonna see all his friends againHeart 
LinweSora Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
I want to resurrect Tolkien for him to finish his chef-d'oeuvre ! I mean, he still had to finish the Silma, and finish to create the various Elvish dialects ! How am I supposed to speak a proto-language that's complete ? lol
OspreyEamon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I think the implication was that mortals definitely remained mortal, though I have an idea the time and/or the biological cycles that involve aging move at a much slower pace in Aman than they do in Middle-Earth. If it's true that the dwarves are Aulë's children and dwell in his Halls after their death maybe he and Legolas would still be able to see each other or at least find a way to pass along messages. Still so sad though, especially if that isn't the case.

This is a lovely picture anyway.
fottantuno Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How could you.
Jack13-and-Jill11 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's so... we have no words but pure emotions Q_q
Mayroon Featured By Owner Edited Dec 30, 2014
So many feels ;W; The thought of Legolas grieving at Gimli's tomb for the rest of his life is just too much to handle ;W;
DragonHaven42 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is not very nice, now I am sad ;_;
Jewelry-Queen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
oh my god.... you literally just made me cry :Tears:
MirajaneGosh Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its so moving QwQ I think thats one f reasons why there is no continue of stories. Most of them would be very sad.
I like to think both of them lives forever, that time stopped in moment where book end and everyone is happy~! .-.
AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god I was always reassured with the fact that the ring bearers and Gimli lived happily ever in Valinor but I never thought about whether they stayed there as immortals because it just seemed like they did and they spent their time peacefully there! T.T So now I'm doubly upset thinking about Frodo and Bilbo (and Sam too?). 

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.
Calucifer13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Yes, they die there.
ThornsOfTheBook Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No!! This is so sad.
but very good work :) 
Legolasgirl77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Immortality is a bad thing if It can't be spend with the people you love !
nehnehXX Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
gimli! noooo QAQ
M0onQueen Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sooo sad :'(

(and beautiful, too)
spuggey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw... that makes me sad. Great drawing though.
Minuya Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
You...! You made me cry before with your other pic (the one with the old Gimli and Legolas sad look). Why are you doing this to me now? D:
And I'm still adding this to my faves... It's too beautiful.
Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
This is so touching and sad! The vines are a lovely (but ridiculously feel-jerking) touch. It really does make it look like he's been sat there for an eternity and would happily continue to sit there for the rest of time. Why must it be so sad? ;_;
Aruynn Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
not that i needed my feelings anyway ;o;
appleshiner Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh great, now I'm heartbroken. :tears: But the picture is awesome!
DekonLambic Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if you think of it, its actually a really nice gift to be able to choose when to die.
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.
emmettluvsme3 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Whyyyyyyyyy???!? I- but- STITCH LLORA (don't cry at school, don't cry at school, don't cry at school, ...)
DiManShe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
VioletDeathblood Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This so fucking beautiful! *sob*
Knight-Dawn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist

The ending where Gimli and Legolas leave always made me cry when I was little, and when I found out even in the Undying Lands mortals still die I got even MORE SAD.  ToT

But the art is nice, as always. :iconaawplz:
Revenciel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is always so amazing, but this... wow.
It makes me so sad. QAQ

But I love it!!!
IPreferLemonPie Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student

Also HAAAI. I've been away of a laptop for around eight months so I didn't get on DA frequently.
Kibbitzer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lemonpiiiiiiiie! you are alive!
welcome back XD
IPreferLemonPie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student
I am! Haha. Well, I was dead for a while but then I was revived somehow (I think it has something to do with dragon spheres) and here I am!

Thank you! Also, why are you so amazing?! Your art is too good. TToTT
NonieR Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Oooo, I like this! <sniffle>
AsliBayrak Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
:) Featured in tolkien
300rupees Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw dear I'm drawn back to this yet again...

LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is heart breaking. You captured with great detail the bond between them.
Zerolr-RM Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amanmangor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I'm just gonna pretend I didn't read any of that, so I can live in blissful denial.
Kitsune1978 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I'm gonna do exactly the same thing.
RmacDhai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I've always thought of elves as having a conditional immortality, certainly Tolkien's elves could be killed. While they won't die of old age, I always had the feeling they could -choose- to die when they felt they were done with whatever. Hadn't really thought about the few mortals who made it to the Undying Lands, but Tolkien's comment about dying of 'free will' seems to support this idea. I don't think Legolas would want to continue after the death of Gimli. While Tolkein's comment doesn't directly apply to the elves, it seems possible it could be a matter of choice for the elves as well. 
LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Actualy your close! Tolken actualy did take care of this so it didn't happen this way. I suppose it's because he loved them as much as we do but any way, Legolas stayed in middle earth longer to be with gimli the two lived as best friends for years. Eventually Legolas builds his own boat to the havens and takes gimli with and gimli is the only dwarf in Tolken's world to ever have been excepted to the havens. This can be found in the simarillion and in the return of the king appendix A. In my book it was pages 411-412.
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