In preparation for The Lord of the Rings Tarot that a friend is sending me, I decided to make a bag for it. My inspiration was a painting in an old manuscript that depicts the god Heimdall blowing his horn before Ragnarok. In that battle, he and Loki fight, and although Heimdall wins, he dies of his wounds. I drew a parallel between Heimdall and poor Boromir blowing his horn before his last stand against the Orcs in The Lord of the Rings. They both died of their wounds, alas.
Superimposed over the painting, I have printed one of Tolkien’s poems, the one that refers to Aragorn, that was given to the hobbits in The Fellowship of the Ring when they still knew him as Strider. I used the font Edda to tie into my theme.
The bag is lined with a Celtic-themed fabric in red, blue, green, and yellow, and I’ve picked up those colours in both the image and the beads on the drawstring. Also on the drawstring are some pewter beads: a dragon charm, to represent Smaug; a spider, to represent Shelob; a Celtic knot; and moon and stars imagery.
Thwarted in my attempts to buy a Lord of the Rings action figure for lack of money (I often like to get relevant action figures for decks), I found a free paper doll pattern online and made a representation of Boromir’s last battle when he blew his horn so desperately to call for aid while trying to protect the hobbits.
You can’t go wrong with a pertinent visual.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.