''Aulė fashioned the substances of which Arda was composed and is the master of crafts and of the knowledge of substances. He delights in the nature of substances and in works of skill, but he is not concerned with possession or mastery. ''
''Melkor was in his origins the mightiest of all the Ainur and the greatest in knowledge. During the Song of Creation his strange thoughts produced Discord, marring the fabric of reality even before its creation. Through pride, malice and a desire to dominate the wills of others he fell into darkness. He became the first Dark Lord...''
This illustration shows us Melkor's first shape. I will illustrate Morgoth soon.
"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
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.
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 didnt 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 Ive "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..?" Its.. a bed sheet. Thats right. She a goddess-of-sorts and goddesses wear bed sheets. (What, they don't teach you such basic facts about mythologies anymore? Pssh, schools these days.. )
''Manwe and melkor are brothers in Iluvatar's mind. At the beginning, the most powerful ainu was Melkor who had came to the earth. But Manwe is favourite child of ERU. Manwe is Lord of Arda and Aratar. His happiness in the wind and clouds. He loves all the fastest birds and the power of the wings. Manwe lives with lady of the stars; Varda. They lived in Valinor. They rost in Oiolosse, top of the Taniquetil.. The highest mountain of the world. İf Varda with him, Manwe sees behind the fogs, darkness and deep of the sea...''
I illustrated him again. You can see other drawing in here : [link]