5 Photos, 5 Stories, Day 5

Pauline of ‘Memories are Made of This’ has nominated me to do the 5 photos, 5 stories. So my intentwion its to stick to a self-imposed theme of ‘a sense of place’, and see how I can interpret this in different ways.

Day 5 turned up fast! For today, my story is from a mythical tale. From Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Whilst clearing out my house, I came across a little vignette I made nearly 40 years ago… it had travelled in a box whenever I moved, but I had forgotten about it. So here is the passage from Tolkien’s book to go with it…

” Sam was not daunted, and he still eyed Strider du­bi­ously. ‘How do we know you are the Strider that Gan­dalf speaks about?’ he de­manded. ‘You never men­tioned Gan­dalf, till this let­ter came out. You might be a play-act­ing spy, for all I can see, try­ing to get us to go with you. You might have done in the real Strider and took his clothes. What have you to say to that?

‘That you are a stout fel­low,’ an­swered Strider; ‘but I am afraid my only an­swer to you, Sam Gamgee, is this. If I had killed the real Strider, I could kill you. And I should have killed you al­ready with­out so much talk. If I was after the Ring, I could have it – NOW!’

He stood up, and seemed sud­denly to grow taller. In his eyes gleamed a light, keen and com­mand­ing. Throw­ing back his cloak, he laid his hand on the hilt of a sword that had hung con­cealed by his side. They did not dare to move. Sam sat wide-mouthed star­ing at him dumbly.

‘But I am the real Strider, for­tu­nately,’ he said, look­ing down at them with his face soft­ened by a sud­den smile. ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’

Strider and Frodo

Strider and Frodo

There was a long si­lence. At last Frodo spoke with hes­i­ta­tion. ‘I be­lieved that you were a friend be­fore the let­ter came,’ he said, ‘or at least I wished to. You have fright­ened me sev­eral times tonight, but never in the way that ser­vants of the Enemy would, or so I imag­ine. I think one of his spies would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler, if you un­der­stand.’

‘I see,’ laughed Strider. ‘I look foul and feel fair. Is that it? All that is gold does not glit­ter, not all those who wan­der are lost.’

‘Did the verses apply to you then?’ asked Frodo. ‘I could not make out what they were about. But how did you know that they were in Gan­dalf’s let­ter, if you have never seen it?’

‘I did not know,’ he an­swered. ‘But I am Aragorn, and those verses go with that name.’ “

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fel­low­ship of the Ring, Strider

And now I need to fulfil the second part of this challenge, and invite another blogger to take part. Today I would like to nominate Poppy of poppytump@number4, who takes some great photographs and can turn her hand to a watercolour. I know you may not have time but I hope there’s no harm in asking…

There’s no obligation, Poppy – have fun if you have time/want to join in!

The challenge is to just “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.




  1. Good modelling skills Sue!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Love your model. Sue. It does fit so well with the Tolkien passage. Good job! 🙂

  3. Love Tolkien and especially LoTR – this works well with your vignette – was that what it was created for?
    // not all those who wander are lost.’// I swear this had a lot to do with all my wanderings…

  4. poppytump

    So fitting ! Think it’s time I re read LOTR instead of watching the DVD’s again . How marvellous this little vignette is still in one piece or two 😉
    Ah Sue … thank you for your very kind intro and invite but I’m just about to leave the archives behind and disappear on holiday so will take a raincheck on this one . Hope you don’t mind .
    It’s been fun seeing the different ways people have interpreted this idea !

  5. I must admit I haven’t read the books or seen the films … I started on the first book, but it was a bit like Leo Tolstoy’s “War & Peach” – far too many names to remember … and I lost interest. Fantastic work here; the modelling, the writing and image.

  6. Fun challenge Sue – and Poppy was a great idea. Love her blog!

  7. This is amazing, I love your vignette, how clever. Did you make any more?

  8. Sue I think you are quite the artist! I am amEd something so delicate could appear unharmed and so beautiful packed away all those years.

    • Sue

      Thank you, Sue! In this house, it was boxed up and put into an eaves cupboard where it was forgotten for nearly 25 years….might have something to do with its preservation! Now I am taking photos, and will get rid of it as I will not have the space,

  9. Amazing what you find when you have a clear out, Sue! Wonderful bit of modelling and doesn’t it make a great story to close with? Super stuff. I’m getting even more worried 🙂

    • Sue

      More worried about what, Jo? And thanks for your glowing appreciation 😀

      • What I’m going to post for my 5 and who I’m going to ‘victimise’ 🙂 Viveka was so swift. Maybe I should spend less time chatting 🙂

      • Sue

        Tee hee…. I spend too much time chatting… Take one day at a time…and remember a lot of people don’t actually take up the challenge because they are too busy!

  10. How I loved those books- thanks for the memory and your fun photo!!

  11. That is an amazing piece of art Sue, what a lot of talents you have. Now I’m wondering just how tall those figures are?

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