Frodo’s face was peaceful, the marks of fear and care had left it; but it looked old, old and beautiful, as if the chiselling of the shaping years was now revealed in many fine lines that had before been hidden, though the identity of the face was not changed. Not that Sam Gamgee put it that way to himself. He shook his head, as if finding words useless, and murmured: ‘I love him. He’s like that, and sometimes it shines through, somehow. But I love him, whether or no.’
J.R.R. Tolkien (2009-04-17). The Lord of the Rings (p. 652).
Like we didn't know before, right? But I wasn't expecting to see it in black and white! Hahahahaha oh Tolkien, if only you had known what twists and turns society would take after you wrote that down. Makes me wonder if, later, he regretted things like Celeborn's other name. :D
Ithilien reminds me that I need to do some studying next time I want to write a scene involving plants. I'm pretty bad - in fanfic, at least - about using the same set of plants over and over again because I like them. Also, because they're on the short list of stuff I would recognize if I saw it. I can name desert plants, at least in the desert I grew up in, but give me another environment and the result is kind of sad. The last time we were on a drive down south, maybe a year ago, my mother pointed out a bunch of oak trees along the freeway, and that was the first time I had ever seen and identified an oak in person (so to speak) that I can recall.
Thirty years of life, and I had no idea what an oak tree looked like.
This is why I'm a self-professed imagery addict. Because I can totally nail that and know what I'm talking about while doing so.
(I abuse Google to find what I need, and to double check the plants I want to write in with the climates they're supposed to thrive in, and that sort of thing, but seeing a photo of a tree and being able to recognize it in real life doesn't always work out for me. The proportions are all skewed, for one, and a photo of a whole tree cannot show me the details by nature, so if I'm standing right next to one, well.
Anyway, these are all excuses. I need to be prepared to study this as a big chunk of my initial world-building stage. It's stunning, really, to realize how many details I neglect sometimes.)