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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.

Blog entries:
early stages [link] (Including a 1995 version of this... with Maedhros in mint-green tights)
painting steps [link]
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Finally done! Beren and Lúthien for Becky Dillon.

Liquid watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 30x50 cm.

Beren:

Prints of these two available soon! Follow me on Facebook for details. :) [link]
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This one was painted back in October, as a commission for a Christmas present for the client's brother - so I can only share it now :) 

Painted with Schmincke and Daniel Smith watercolours on Canson Montval paper, A3 size. 

See the walkthrough here: goldseven.wordpress.com/2013/1…

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Or on tumblr: goldseven.tumblr.com/


The commissioner gave me one of the most awesome surprises when he filmed his brother's reaction upon unwrapping this one. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksbgud… His account can be found on dA: *The-Wizard-of-Art


 Thorin Oakenshield by Gold-Seven The Elvenking by Gold-Seven There and back again... by Gold-Seven 
Lastly, thank you for not discussing the "Hobbit" movie(s)! :3


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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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The Meeting of Thingol and Melian

Elwë, Lord of the Teleri, went often through the great woods to seek out Finwë his friend in the dwellings of the Noldor; and it chanced on a time that he came alone to the starlit wood of Nan Elmoth, and there suddenly he heard the song of nightingales. Then an enchantment fell on him, and he stood still; and afar off beyond the voices of the lómelindi he heard the voice of Melian, and it filled all his heart with wonder and desire. He forgot then utterly all his people and all the purposes of his mind, and following the birds under the shadow of the trees he passed deep into Nan Elmoth and was lost. But he came at last to a glade open to the stars, and there Melian stood; and out of the darkness he looked at her, and the light of Aman was in her face.
She spoke no word; but being filled with love Elwë came to her and took her hand, and straightway a spell was laid on him so that they stood thus while long years were measured by the wheeling stars above them; and the trees of Nan Elmoth grew tall and dark before they spoke any word. ”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, Chapter 4: Of Thingol and Melian


Here's a scene that has been depicted many times over, but I believe there's still room for another interpretation.. Elwë Sincollo and Melian the Maia meet for the first time in the starlit forest of Nan Elmoth. I've sketched these characters before but haven't been happy with my previous efforts. I think this is better, even if they are slightly caricatured..

I didn’t have time to do the Photoshop part before now, but the pencil piece was drawn and scanned sometime in April-May..ish, I think, mostly as an experiment.. I've drawn with such heavy outlines in my recent works that I felt like doing things slightly differently this time. I wanted a more dreamy, mystical tone on this one.. Especially with the background, where I’ve "gone all Alan Lee" a bit and tried to create shapes without hard outlines.. Another source of inspiration for the background was my love of etchings.. I wanted to create a somewhat similar effect here. I quite like the result – let me know what you think of it.

HB pencil on copy paper + the usual Photoshop treatment.

Oh, and in case you're wondering "what on Arda is she wearing..?" – It’s.. a bed sheet. That’s right. :| She a goddess-of-sorts and goddesses wear bed sheets. (What, they don't teach you such basic facts about mythologies anymore? :disbelief: Pssh, schools these days.. =p)


detail closeup
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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.

More from my sketchbook:



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This is the first in a series of three drawings depicting various versions of Tolkien's "Roads go ever on and on" poem/walking song. Part Two: [link] Part Three: [link]

The Lord of the Rings is incredibly inspirational to me, but believe it or not, I hadn't read the books all the way through in over four years. A couple of months ago I started to read it through slowly, starting with the Hobbit, when I rediscovered one of my favorite poems.

This version is the first verse of Bilbo's walking song from "The Hobbit." I drew Gandalf sitting and thinking; he could be waiting and ready to commence either Bilbo or Frodo's adventures.

Anyways, this is also an experiment in watercolors (and I'm deeply regretting just doing this on journal paper, it got really wrinkly and the paper started to feather!).

And I of course had to be redundant and put the tehtar above the vowels. And I did my best to copy Bilbo's-style of handwriting that you see glimpses of in the LOTR movies.

(I can't wait for the Hobbit movie!)
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Finally Done!

One half of a commission for Becky Dillon. Lúthien:

From The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Note: The tartan cloth is not exclusively Scottish. It was worn by many peoples on the British isles, Germanic and Celtic alike, and I chose that look to denote a rather less civilised look of Men in the First Age.

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My blog: [link] (I have a print sale running until tomorrow! Hurry if you want a print at 20% off!)

Prints of this - and its companion piece - will be available soon.

Liquid watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 30x50 cm.
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From J. R. R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, though not a direct scene.

Schmincke watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 29x40 cm.

After casting his Silmaril into the sea, Maglor is left to linger on the Hither Shore - never again coming among his people, caught in a world of his own where music no longer brings consolation, surrounded by the ruins of the former greatness of the Noldor, whose downfall he had a part in.... quite possibly his brother's fortress of Himring, which alone was not swallowed by the sea. :(

Pretty much a re-do of this one. [link]


Process and walkthrough: [link]
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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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