I first contacted him years ago with the dream of creating a mythopoetic armament of Beowulf. For several reasons I decided on the seax that he uses to kill the Dragon in the final section of the elegy.
Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle.
He stuck it deep into the dragon's flank.
Beowulf dealt it a deadly wound.
The design brief started simpler but grew over time until it took on a life of it's own. I found it consuming at times and I can only imagine what Gulli went through pouring his skill into it, knowing that any slip could mean a loss of not only time and effort, but in the case of the uniquely large reindeer antler handle - difficult to replace resources.
He was brilliant throughout the process, reigning in my spiraling ideas while calmly steering things in the direction they needed to go.
And so here it is, if we have any Beowulf fans who wish to know more, or guess at the composite parts or meaning behind them (it all has meaning) then I am happy to discuss or share work in progress photos.
I will just mention that it's big, much bigger than the ratio of handle to blade would suggest and that the complex pattern weld blade was made by the famed Dwarven smith Owen Bush.
Perhaps not strictly Middle Earth but I hope you forgive me for sharing.