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light of Earendil by breath-art light of Earendil by breath-art

The son of Tuor and Idril, daughter of Turgon, Eärendil was raised in Gondolin. When Eärendil was seven years old, he escaped the sacking of Gondolin with his parents, living afterwards in Arvernien by the mouth of Sirion. Eärendil later became the leader of the people who lived there, and married Elwing, daughter of Dior the son of Beren and Lúthien. They had two sons, Elrond and Elros.

With the aid of Círdan the Shipwright, Eärendil built a ship, Vingilótë (or Vingilot), which is Quenya for "foam-flower". He sailed this often around the seas west of Middle-earth, leaving his wife behind in Arvernien. At this time Elwing had in her possession the Silmaril that Beren had wrested from Morgoth. News of this came to the sons of Fëanor who were still living, and they attacked the people living in Arvernien, and killed most of them. Elwing, rather than be captured, threw herself with the Silmaril into the sea. The Silmaril was not lost, however. According to The Silmarillion:

For Ulmo bore up Elwing out of the waves, and he gave her the likeness of a great white bird, and upon her breast there shone as a star the Silmaril, as she flew over the water to seek Eärendil her beloved. On a time of night Eärendil at the helm of his ship saw her come towards him, as a white cloud exceeding swift beneath the moon, as a star over the sea moving in strange courses, a pale flame on wings of storm. And it is sung that she fell from the air upon the timbers of Vingilot, in a swoon, nigh unto death for the urgency of her speed, and Eärendil took her to his bosom; but in the morning with marvelling eyes he beheld his wife in her own form beside him with her hair upon his face, and she slept.

Hearing of the tragedy that had befallen in Arvernien, Eärendil then sought after Valinor, aboard the Vingilot with Aerandir, Erellont, and Falathar, and he and Elwing found their way there at last. Eärendil thus became the first of all mortals to set foot in Valinor. Eärendil then went before the Valar, and asked them for aid for Men and Elves in Middle-earth, to fight against Morgoth; the Valar accepted his plea.

Because Eärendil had undertaken this errand on behalf of Men and Elves, and not for his own sake, Manwë forbore to deal out the punishment of death that was due. Also, because both Eärendil and Elwing were descended from a union of Elves and Men, Manwë granted to them and their sons the gift to choose to which race they would be joined (a gift that was further passed to the children of Elrond, who became known as the Half-elven). Elwing chose to be one of the Elves. Eärendil would have rather been one of the Men; however, for the sake of his wife, he chose to be one of the Elves. The Silmarillionsays this:

Now when first Vingilot was set to sail in the seas of heaven, it rose unlooked for, glittering and bright; and the people of Middle-earth beheld it from afar and wondered, and they took it for a sign, and called it Gil-Estel, the Star of High Hope.

The Valar, having listened to Eärendil's plea, went with a mighty host to Middle-earth, and overthrew Morgoth. Eärendil took part in the battle, riding on Vingilot beside Thorondor and the Eagles. He struck down the great dragon Ancalagon and cast him down onto Thangorodrim, the event which, along with the sheer devastation caused by the War of Wrath, led to the Ruin of Beleriand. However, right before the Dagor Dagorath, the Last Battle, Morgoth will escape out the Door of Night to destroy Arda. It is implied Eärendil shall participate in that, alongside every creature in Middle-earth, good and evil.

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Mesphiem Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Great. Earendil is 1 of my fav characters in silmarillion. Thanks a lot for this amazing drawing
phoenixpagan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018   Artisan Crafter
I sometimes custom make blankets for myself and others. I'd love to make this into a blanket for you and send it to you! Do you have an address where I can send you a blanket with this pattern on it for you?? Don't worry about price I just love your artwork and want to do something nice is all. Thanks. 
Ysydora Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  splendid!! Foxtrot - Wow! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Sho lovely) [V2] 
LaneTea Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
This is one of my favorite stories.
I love all the blue =)
johncarswell Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for making this work available for all to see.

I used this in a post on Chapter 24 of The Silmarillion:…

Hope that's OK!
SkyDragonElements Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cafeaulait6 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
This is gorgeous. I would love to have this hanging in my house. Is any of your work licensed to shops like Society 6 for posters or canvases?
AvalonianDream Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
This painting is absolutely magnificent!
ionmedia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! The story of Eärendil is very heroic, the journey he did. I wonder have you done some images of Beren and Luthien I wonder
Allaraina Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
... wow. My heart just melted.

Blackshatan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
breathtaking art. I could imagine this as windows.
A Vingilot vs Ancalagon piece would be awesome.
CarambolaG Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
it is so pretty :) you did lovely work :)
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm.... I'm speechless. I really don't know what words to use, to express my feelings, my emotions, for this. I simply do not know words strong enough in any of the languages I speak. It is truly marvellous.
marduk-report Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
this is so very win. 
veveco Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is always stunning!
Great piece!
AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love your work, and am in awe of your spectacular ability to tell story simply and thoroughly using these beautiful illustrations. These would make fantastic stained-glass windows!
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n924 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
This is perfect. You even have Earendil's mariners (my favorite minor characters)! Varda in the foreground looks magnificent.
TopazWolfe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Love the stained glass feel!
PlatineDragon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Amazing work ^^
CSZDragon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The colors are awesome :)
imhilien Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful... :)
GeeMassamArt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a bit special... Wow!
Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Is the fairhaired woman Elwing?? I always thought she was darkhaired. How else would her twin sons have shadowy hair if both of their parents are blonde?
Callmema14 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
reminds me of stained glass.
LadyZenora Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Beautiful, as always :)
Sprinkles-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Kinglorshi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Writer
This is a really cool visual style! Just completely fantastic!
fwrussell Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist
ye gods! what manner of sorcery or black magic produces such unearthly beauty?! lol, j/k. this rocks, just like everything else you've posted. keep it up :)
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