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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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Finally done! Beren and Lúthien for Becky Dillon.

Liquid watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 30x50 cm.

Beren:

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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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Probably my last Tolkien-themed picture (for a little while, at least), since I need to concern myself with a bunch of written exams I have to mark... -_-

Frodo Baggins!

In his case, I actually liked Elijah Wood, mostly because I had hardly bothered to give the four Hobbits many discerning features, and he made a fine Frodo. Still, I went for my own, old vision of him again. :)


Watercolour. ^^

Forestalling The Tolkien Hair Colour Debate, Part CXXVII: Frodo is decribed by Gandalf (in the Prancing Pony, if memory serves) as being fairer than most Hobbits. Now I know that "fair" always means "beautiful" in Tokien's writings, but apparently, the German translator whose translation I read for ten years before switching to the English version did not. So he made it "fairer hair", and I still have a couple of passages in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit that I think of in German.
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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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Our new bedtime story is at hand - here's the Hobbit, with loads of little illustrations to help my son keep tabs on who is who! ^^

Also a welcome chance for me to put some of those characters on paper, so I don't lose hold of *my* characters when the movie comes out.

Note: I put Thorin as "Thorin Eichenschild" as I'll be reading the books to my son in German; for Bilbo, I forgot to call him "Beutlin". The name has been translated in the German edition because there's a passage when Bilbo talks to Smaug where he says, "I came from the end of a bag, but no bag came over me." So it has to be translated.

Pencil in moleskine sketchbook. Drawn during a looooooooong conference. Background made in Photoshop (by me).
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watercolor 50x70cm

I'm quite proud of this one:) maybe I would make some more Tolkien illustrations in the future.
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"Where did you learn such tales, if all the land is empty and forgetful?" asked Peregrin. "The birds and beasts do not tell tales of that sort."
"The heirs of Elendil do not forget all things past," said Strider; "and many more things than I can tell are remembered in Rivendell."
"Have you often been to Rivendell?" said Frodo.
"I have,' said Strider. "I dwelt there once, and still I return when I may. There my heart is; but it is not my fate to sit in peace, even in the fair house of Elrond."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


So, this is what "my" Aragorn has looked like for more than twenty-five years. And Viggo didn't go down without a fight, I can tell you. When I drew this, "Hidalgo" was on TV. Didn't avail him anything, however. :D (Still, good movie.)

Tutorial of this can be found here! [link]

Watercolour on cold-press paper. A3 size.
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Illustration for the Children of Hurin by Tolkien
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This was the picture that has kept me busy since last summer - a commission for the wonderful (and very patient) :iconwizardelfgirl: . The original was painted on five separate A3 sheets and put together in Photoshop (to even my new computer's great distress). It's supposed to take place after the War of the Ring.

From left to right: Elladan ("Yes, we're got these really beautiful trees in Rivendell"), Sam ("Think you might let me have one?"), Elrohir ("I look pretty"), Frodo ("I'll just keep chatting animetedly though Aragorn is staring into space somewhere"), Arwen ("Good luck there was still so much cloth left from Elladan and Elrohir's clothes, these Gondorian seamstresses are really not up to scratch"), Aragorn ("I'm staring into space looking noble"), Gandalf ("Let him brag, he's earned it"), Pippin ("Admit it, I saved you just in the nick of time!"), Faramir ("Well done, little guy"), Merry ("No, YOU did most of the work, I only helped"), Éowyn ("Still, I couldn't have done it without you"), Éomer ("Those two are a lot funnier to watch than a pair of clowns"), Gimli ("The orc's arms were this broad! I'm telling you!"), Legolas ("I know it was just a regular orc, but I'll let him stick to his story if he likes it so much...")

Watercolour. Background (made by me) added in Photoshop.

For full view, please click "download"!

The dressing gown question: Aragorn's and Faramir's clothes were both designed after depictions of Byzantine fashion. I'm sorry, Faramir, that Aragorn's design looks so much more fully dressed...

BTW: It bemuses me that so many people are so amazed that these are my own interpretations of the characters. Have we really become that dependent on Orly and Viggo? That's pretty sad, really - those books were hugely popular for decades before the movies came out. Have the movies wiped them from our collective consciousness? :(

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