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Wonder at the Waking of the World
Graphite on Paper, 10"x20"
(overall size 18"x25")
February 2011

I've been sitting on this piece for a couple of weeks now, waiting to get the translation and the transcription right, to make it look propper and finished =) Special thanks to Vea mi olori over at the One Ring for taking a shot at translating the passage from Tolkien's Quenta Silmarillion into Quenya, and to Isildilmë Celumenarwissë for transcription into the Tengwar font. Well worth the wait, I assure you!

Lets see... I can't (or dont know how to) post the Tengwar characters here, but the title reads:

""In wonder at the wakening of the world
"Elmendassë se i cuivië Ambaro"

While the main script wrapping around the picture reads:

"...the first sound heard by the Elves was the sound of flowing water, and the sound of water falling over stone. They stayed [long/at great length] in their first home beside the water under the stars, and they walked the Earth in wonder."
I minya lamma hlárina ló i Eldar né i lamma nénao sírima, ar i lamma nénao lantëa olla ondo. Handet andavë mardintassë minya ara i néna nu i eleni, ar patanet Ambar elmendassë

Again, the girl is Miss Jessica Truscott of *faestock further details are on the page for the unframed version, here [link] I had a lot of fun doing this piece, and Tolkien has always really inspired me. Any comments, constructive criticism, stories of personal inspiration, or one liners will be welcomed! =)
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Nirnaeth-en-Ainur Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work! your tengwar are flawless - as well as the drawing of course
Liennepien Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing work!
Aodhagain Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is really pretty. :) Did you make the border, and if so how was that done?
Avogel57 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I had the passage translated online, and then did the calligraphy by hand directly onto the matboard
Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What sort of ink did you use? and nibs? It's very very neat.
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll have to look up the specific model and make that I used once I get home, but basically its just a round tipped gold pen; I went to Hobby Lobby and tried out the various types they had on the shelf to see what would work best for this particular project. Its pretty much a round tip, not a chisel or fine point or anything; I just doubbled up on the weight in the stems, and trailed off to a point on the tails :) Ill look up the numbers and get back to you in a bit!
Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thanks. ;) That's helpful. I've tried my hand at Tengwar calligraphy a number of times, and I was less than satisfied with the results. I was using a wide tipped calligraphy nib, which you can see here... [link]
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice. I think what worked so well was that I was trying to draw the letters, versus writing them. I tried a number of pens before I settled on the one used; I also had the advantage that the Anatar font is geared more towards a flowing script, as opposed to a blockier typeset. I also wrote it out about a dozen or so times to better get the feel for the shape and the look. I actually had some good success with Fabre Castle brush-tip pens, as they seem to flow better. In general, though, I feel like Ive had better luck using a normal drawing or writing pen for calligraphy, and just adding the weights and accents with a second stroke, versus a dedicated nib pen. Both work, but I feel more ....unsteady? shakey? with a chisel point
Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright, thanks! :) Yes, in general I've had better luck with calligraphy when I simply draw them out. Compare this (writing with nibs) [link] to this (drawn out) [link] With the chisel point it's very unsteady, yeah. And the fact that I kept having to dip it back in the bottle, and kept going back and forth, added to making it just much more messy. Anyway, well done - it turned out very neat! and thanks for the suggestions! :)
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, Ive been lazy. I had this inspired idea to write out different scripts with different pens and then upload them as sort of a tutorial. But now its a week later, and I havent done squat about it. Blah. In any case, the pen I used for "wonder" is a gold Pentel Slicci 0.8 mm ball. If you really want to cyberstalk it, the barcode is 884851000699 lol
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YokoPyro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! absolutely gorgeous!
Props to you for taking the time to get it translated!!
designdiva3 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   Digital Artist
WOW! :bow: clap:
jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
its sooo good
Andreth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love her hair. Is is amazingly done. And the frame is so beautiful. It adds a lot to the drawing.
Especial Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Arah019 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
wow! that is fantastic!
dardo2 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
a laitat tàrienna. quetin quenyo Great use of quenya and tengwar. is really difficult to find someother able to respect the elvish tongue.
Isildilme Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Hi ! Isildilmë here !
What can I say but WOW ?! And the drawing is yours too ?! I LOVE it, really, and I'm pleased to have played a role into this.
owensangel10 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! Tolkien inspires me too!!! I have adored his work way before most people had any idea who he was.
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lornathatsme Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Wow, so pretty...
Papkalaci Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
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