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        THE STORY OF LÚTHIEN & BEREN

        This particular story is from one of my all time favourite authors, J.R.R Tolkien. Lúthien is an immortal elf woman and Beren a mortal man. They fall in love much to her father’s dismay whom sets Beren an impossible task before he can wed Luthien in hopes he will fail.

        Throughout their story, Lúthien is an active and heroic beauty, choosing love over self preservation and together the couple through many terrible odds to achieve their goal but Beren however, heartbreakingly, dies. In her grief Lúthien lays down, gives up her immortality and passes on. As she passes through the beyond lands, the Gods, give her two choices. She can either dwell with them in bliss forever as reward for all she had accomplished against evil or she can be restored to life again with Beren under the condition they would both be mortal. She chose the latter and they lived out their lives and have a family. It is also said, according to legend her line will never be broken as long as the world lasts. Their love story is mirrored in the more well known love tale from Lord Of The Rings, Aragorn and Arwen.

        A final note on what makes this story even more emotional for me; J.R.R Tolkien based the two characters on himself and his wife Edith. On their plaques where they are buried, it is engraved, Edith Mary Tolkien – Lúthian and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – Beren.

        ABOUT YOUR BACKDROP

        It is an honour to create art for you. Each of my backdrops are handmade by my very hands in my little studio in Old Amersham, from the cutting of the fabric, painting, sewing, packaging and heading to the postoffice. I’ve taken months in developing and designing these and my heart is poured into every one.
        Each is made with natural linen fabric which has a different weave with every roll. Using a mixture of mediums to achieve the soft, mottled finished adored by stylists, photographers and creatives a like, the backdrop is therefore not waterproof and can be stained by water, much like natural silks. After much testing, I prefer to keep the paint light but full coverage to ensure the backdrops also do not become too heavy or a pain to fold back up after use. Your backdrop is folded lightly when packaged for postage and this does mean there might be natural creases within it, so please allow 2 days hanging for the folds to natural drop, another option is to iron on the back using a thin cloth. I usually find it’s safe to iron directly onto the paint, but with your backdrop you might be a little more precious of it. Use the cotton setting on your iron.
        From emailing your order to me through to sending your beautiful backdrop to you, takes approximately 2 weeks however slightly longer if the studio is busy. Please email sundari@sundariferris.co.uk to check studio scheduling and lead times.
        Unfortunately due to the process of these backdrops I am currently unable to take rush orders but what this does mean that your backdrop will be one of a kind and unique just as each story is no matter who is telling it. I can take bespoke orders for an additional fee so just head to my contact page to get in touch. As I am a one-man-band, it’ll take me 3-4 working days to get in touch.
        If you’d like to read more about the process and materials then please click here.