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Idril's Forebonding

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Idril's Forebonding

“Then the days of Gondolin were yet full of joy and peace. (...) But Idril Celebrindal was wise and far-seeing, and her heart misgave her, and forebonding crept upon her spirit as a cloud.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 23: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin

“Know then that Idril had a great power of piercing with her thought the darkness of the hearts of Elves and Men, and the glooms of the future thereto – further even than is the common power of the kindreds of the Eldalië.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Fall of Gondolin (HoME II)

“Wise-hearted even beyond the measure of the daughters of [Elvenessë] was the daughter of the king, and she spoke ever for Tuor, though it did not avail, and her heart was heavy. Very fair and tall was she, well nigh of warrior's stature, and her hair was a fountain of gold. Idril was she named, and called Celebrindal, Silver-foot, for the whiteness of her foot; and she walked and danced ever unshod in the white ways and green lawns of Gondolin.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Quenta (II), §16 (HoME IV)

This is the only drawing I’ve actually managed to draw this summer! It’s not very detailed since it was a fast one and quite small too; drawn in a A5 Moleskine notebook (the yellowish paper colour of which is a pain to get rid of after scanning without losing detail, incidentally) while I was attending a conference in Glasgow in the end of June. The subject is nothing new, though. I’ve had the idea for this drawing for the longest time but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in bringing it to paper; I’ve made plenty of sketches and a couple of attempts that I ended scrapping. This time around I guess the cramped paper space helped me with the composition. :)

HB pencil, Photoshop.
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Mithrennaith's avatar
Lady of the city of the fair and priceless towers,
I am but a Man and you are far above my powers.

Idril, Idril of the silver feet,
I shall, I shall always love you.

— From a ballad by Alex Lewis and Ted Nasmith
auronlu's avatar
Fantastic work. I really appreciate that you included her braided hair; it's a detail I just noticed on my last readthrough of BOLT2.
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undiscoveredcountry's avatar
very powerful line-work. Simplicity is sometimes the most powerful way to draw ...
ginny-black's avatar
i love this story!
BishiKisses's avatar
crisp shading and amazing flow! :worship:
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Linnath's avatar
Idril has always been one of my favorites . . . . . I don't suppose that you have done a depiction of Eol?
Hathien603's avatar
Beautiful, especially the architecture! :)
Elearinounette's avatar
Wow ! Beautiful ! :P

I like your drawing very much ! :)
Breogan's avatar
Very nice rendition of Idril Celebrindal and of Gondolin (well, judging by the little bit you can see of the city ;)) although there is something wrong with her right hand, the angle and the size are not completely right.

By the way... forebonding?
I guess you mean "foreboding", right? ;)
sun-stone's avatar
Beautiful. Such a sense of waiting. :+fav:
envinyatare's avatar
She looks gorgeous! I like your style, keep it up!
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Senekha's avatar
Idril looks absolutely gorgeous, and you've done a marvelous job of Gondolin! The perspective just gets the imagination going, and I can almost smell the mountain air :)

aautio's avatar
Thank you! :hug: For the first time I'm quite happy with Idril's looks. Gondolin turned out quite.. huge - but then agin, I think it was! :D
Toradh's avatar
So that's "not very detailled"… *laughs*
I still love your portrayals of Idril, maybe because it fits my own imagination of her… *coughs*
And Gondolin looks wonderful as well! Lovely work as always.
aautio's avatar
Nice to hear you like it! :) Thanks a lot!
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lost-mae's avatar
beautiful piece! and all done on A5?! mate, that's incredible :XD:
aautio's avatar
:) Thanks! I find I'm better with drawing diminutive pictures than large ones, actually..
lost-mae's avatar
damn... you're my hero then ><!
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