'Isildur cut the Ring from [Sauron's] hand with the hilt-shard of his father's sword, and took it for his own.'
"...I will risk no hurt to this thing: of all the works of Sauron the only fair. It is precious to me, though I buy it with great pain."
~ Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien
Isildur who took the Ring, but did not destroy it.
Pencil and acrylics, 21x29cms.
A sketch I've been working on sporadically for drawing practise and stress relief. A proper drawing of Isildur would need more research for armour and all the details, but for now I just wanted to do a character sketch and attempt the compelling combination of Númenorean nobility with the burning corruption of the Ring's influence.
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"Legolas would not interpret the songs for them, saying that he had not the skill, and that for him the grief was still too near, a matter for tears and not yet for song."
Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien
Pencil and acrylic on paper, 21x29cms
I've previously avoided doing Tolkien's better-known characters (book versions) because they've already been drawn so often, and so well, by such terrifyingly talented people; and on top of that the film versions have become predominant in many people's minds. But I realised that just because something's scary doesn't mean it shouldn't be done, but (ugh) probably the opposite. So time to try some bookish LotR-ishness.
My Legolas isn't as blond as the films, nor dark-haired either (despite the line about his 'dark head' being silhouetted against stars near the end of FotR); but rather I imagined a dark blond or even light brown, though I realise it's probably a different colour for every reader.
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"They won't suffer any harm to trees or green life, so they only eat red-blooded creatures, and usually raw, for they have a horror of fire. At least they no longer eat people, probably.
But their ambassador is already here, can't you tell? He arrived at dawn and brought the smell of the forest with him."
Sketch of one of my original characters for a story.
Acrylic and pencil, 21x29 cms
“But there was in Thranduil’s heart a still deeper shadow. He had seen the horror of Mordor and could not forget it. If ever he looked south its memory dimmed the light of the Sun.”
JRR Tolkien, Unfinished Tales
The Elvenking in Winter (book version)
Acrylics, pure silver leaf, and 22k gold leaf on paper; 21x29 cms.
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LotR illustrator, mythology painter, historical embellisher, fearless vampire killer, cake fancier, disruptive influence, tea expert, grammar harpy, fluffy weasel.
An English easel-weasel living and working in Portugal.