I am very happy to introduce the first piece of art sent in by a reader to the Bright Weavings site. Tim Fricker's lovingly detailed portrayal of the characters and ideas of The Fionavar Tapestry appears below. You can click on the picture for a (much) larger image, which will appear in a new window. Just close the window to get back to this page. First though, I'll let Tim describe how he came to draw the picture.
"I was first introduced to The Fionavar Tapestry by a friend back in the
early 1990's while attending college, and from "The Summer Tree" to "The
Darkest Road" I was completely and utterly entranced by the way that the
story was at once familiar with its fantastical and epic settings, and yet
completely new, with characters, written by a master's hand, that I continue
to think of fondly to this day. Characters that inspired me to pick up
pencil and paper once again after sitting by idly for so long.
I have always been a very visual person and it was this grand story, filled
with real, compelling people that made me attempt to somehow capture them
with pen and ink. The picture, "The Tapestry", was the product of this
endeavor, created for my own enjoyment as well as for that dear friend who
first introduced me to the novels. A repayment, of sorts, I suppose. (The
piece was eventually placed on a T-shirt and sent to Mr. Kay on a whim, who
no doubt now wears it on all formal and auspicious occasions.)
The piece was done in 1994 and was first drawn with pencil but then later
finished with technical pens. Next to the picture I have added a description of the picture
for any who have questions concerning parts of "The Tapestry".
In the center
of the picture stand Loren Silvercloak and Matt Soren, surrounded by the
five, each of whom is bordered with art depicting something of their
adventures in the land of Fionavar.
-Kevin is depicted with the cave and the
flowers which appeared following his death.
-Paul is seen with the chess
board changing into the roots/branches of the Summer Tree with his title
seen above his head. Both Galadan and Arthur's dog Cavall flank him, in reference
to their epic fight.
-Kim is seen surrounded by the stones of Stonehenge, with Arthur holding the King Spear next to
-Dave is seen with the Dalrei to
the right and the horn above.
-Jennifer is seen with two swords crossing her
picture, one the elegant and grand sword of a King, the other the functional
sword of a knight, that of Lancelot.
The king and figure seen to the right
of Jennifer are Aileron and Diarmuid. To her left are the shimmering figures of
Na-Brendel and the lios alfar, with Daniloth behind them. Finn and the Wild
Hunt are seen above Kevin. Tabor and Imraith-Nimphais are directly above
Davor. Paras Derval is seen in the upper right of the picture. And lastly
there is the small figure of an owl above the title of the piece, which of course is
Darien, flying towards his father, the Unraveller, seen outside the borders
of the Tapestry picture, as he was in the novels. Lastly, Rakoth Maugrim's
hand covers one of the wardstones which are seen in the other three corners
of the picture; his other hand, the bloody stump, is seen as well, a token
from his escape from the last of the stones."