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"Then Fëanor swore a terrible oath. His seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilúvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not; and Manwë they named in witness, and Varda, and the hallowed mountain of Taniquetil, vowing to pursue with vengeance and hatred to the ends of the World Vala, Demon, Elf or Man as yet unborn, or any creature, great or small, good or evil, that time should bring forth unto the end of days, whoso should hold or take or keep a Silmaril from their possession.

Thus spoke Maedhros and Maglor and Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir, Amrod and Amras, princes of the Noldor; and many quailed to hear the dread words. For so sworn, good or evil, an oath may not be broken, and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor


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left to right: Amrod and Amras (they're hard to tell apart in this light), Fëanor, Curufin (always the first to obey his father), Maglor (not really conviced but caught up in the moment), Maedhros (taking charge of keeping his brothers in line while Atar is busy), Caranthir, Celegorm.


Watercolour and gouache.

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"They came at unawares in the middle of winter, and fought with Dior in the Thousand Caves; and so befell the second slaying of Elf by Elf. There fell Celegorm by Dior's hand, and there fell Curufin, and dark Caranthir; but Dior was slain also, and Nimloth his wife, and the cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought long for them in the woods of Doriath; but his search was unavailing, and of the fate of Elured and Elurin no tale tells."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion: The Ruin of Doriath

Pencil and watercolour wash.

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Yet another commission for the ever-wonderful ~flyingfish98. This interpretation was heavily influenced by a conversation with ~suzene from a few years ago, in which she brought up an idea that I'd never thought about and that completely broke my heart - that the boys heard Maedhros calling for them but still hid from him, more afraid of the one who had slaughtered their parents than they were of the dangers of the forest.
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Illustration for the Children of Hurin by Tolkien
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Melian the Maia
Illustration for the Children of Hurin by Tolkien

gouache, vatercolour and colored pensils on paper
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Illustration for Silmarillion by Tolkien

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"Thus [Fingolfin] came alone to Angband's gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth in single combat. And Morgoth came.

That was the last time in those wars that he passed the doors of his stronghold, and it is said that he took not the challenge willingly; for though his might was greatest of all things in the world, alone of the Valar he knew fear."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Watercolour on cold press paper.

Another commission for :iconmelyanna:, companion piece to Thanks so much for your patience during the last months! :hug:



Edit: Back to its original title. O cruel blow of fate, for a picture with "to come" in the title to end up on the front page amidst wide-spread vaginas and huge fake bouncing boobs. Seriously, I teach secondary school and thought I could risk it. It's official now though: dA front page clientčle is more juvenile than a bunch of sixth graders.
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Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain, son of Thrór, King under the Mountain.

Seventy-five years ago yesterday, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien was first published.

September 22nd is the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins.

Happy Hobbit Day everyone!


Pencil and white pastel on pastel paper.

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Noldor, the High Elves, fled from Valinor in pursuit of the Dark Lord Melkor and the Silmarils he had stolen. Two brothers, Fëanor and Fingolfin, sons of Finwë, led the host of the Noldor. There were not enough ships to carry all of the Noldor across the sea to Middle-earth, so Fëanor led the first group. Upon arriving at Losgar, Fëanor decided to burn the ships and leave the followers of Fingolfin behind. Fingolfin and his people saw the smoke of the ships from afar, and chose to travel through the ice desert, for they were ashamed to go back to Valinor, and were angry at Fëanor. Fingolfin took them across the ice of the Helcaraxë, the journey was hard and many died, yet most of them endured and they came to Middle-earth with the firt rifing of the Moon.
Based on The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
ballpoint pen, coloured pencils and oil marker

Just like my earlier pictures Uninvited Guest and Durin's Stone, I made it for a Czech illustrators' website Projekt ilustrace, for January monthly contest "Fire and Ice". Surprisingly, noone chose an illustration from ASoIaF (which would suggest itself) - I was thinking about it, but was not sure what exactly to draw. And then I got this idea and found it really interesting, so I remained faithful to Tolkien. You can look at my picture in the contest here and if you like it, it is possible to vote for it after registration (or for another one, if you like it better:-) ). Alas, the website is only in Czech.
As I've written in an earlier journal, this is the first part of a one-year challenge to take part in each one of the 12 monthly contests. So I'd better start working on the picture for February (topic: "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde").

EDIT: This picture was voted the best one of the January monthly contest. :dance:

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If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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Illustration for the Children of Hurin by Tolkien

gouashe, watercolour and colored pensils. 40x28cm
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