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Vingilot

A ship then new they built for him
of mithril and of elven-glass
with shining prow; no shaven oar
nor sail she bore on silver mast:
the Silmaril as lantern light
and banner bright with living flame
to gleam thereon by Elbereth
herself was set, who thither came
and wings immortal made for him,

So is she a sail-less ship with a Silmaril on the silver mast-top, and Earendil flitting around it on wings?  Or does Vingilot have a sail (ALL art of Vingilot shows at least one sail) and Earendil wingless standing on the foredeck with a Silmaril upon his brow (but possibly Elwing flitting around on wings) ?

Is this Bilbo getting things wrong again?   ( I'm visualising Elrond being quietly amused, both at Bilbo, and also at Aragorn suffering agonies of Mortal Embarrassment on Bilbo's behalf, while Bilbo is quite oblivious.)

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lindahoyland
21st Aug, 2016 01:27 (UTC)
An excellent point.
huinare
21st Aug, 2016 06:25 (UTC)
I hadn't noticed that vague wording before; I think I've unconsciously taken the lack of sail and the immortal wings to be metaphors for the ship being able to move on the air by some other unexplained means.
bunn
21st Aug, 2016 13:16 (UTC)
I hadn't either... until I came to try to draw her!
anna_wing
22nd Aug, 2016 04:10 (UTC)
I see it as something like this....

http://www.paolopuggioni.com/a-spaceship/
bunn
22nd Aug, 2016 10:40 (UTC)
This is definitely a somewhat poetic interpretation!
anna_wing
23rd Aug, 2016 02:29 (UTC)
But there's a mast!
r_blackcat
22nd Aug, 2016 10:20 (UTC)
Oh come on, it's POETIC (should I apologize for the swearword? :D )
bunn
22nd Aug, 2016 10:25 (UTC)
I DEMAND BLUEPRINTS. :-D
r_blackcat
23rd Aug, 2016 09:59 (UTC)
Er... I'm afraid I overestimated my ability to make jokes in English. What does "blueprints" means right here and now?
bunn
23rd Aug, 2016 11:04 (UTC)
Blueprints = engineering diagrams.

IE, me apparently being unable to cope with things being 'poetic' and demanding details!
r_blackcat
24th Aug, 2016 09:01 (UTC)
Ah! Now I understand.
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