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music of Ainur

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Eru is the supreme being, God. Eru is transcendent, and completely outside of and beyond the world. He first created a group of angelic beings, called in Elvish the Ainur, and these holy spirits were co-actors in the creation of the universe through a holy music and chanting called the "Music of the Ainur", or Ainulindall in Elvish.
Eru alone can create independent life or reality by giving it the Flame Imperishable. All beings not created directly by Eru, (e.g. Dwarves, Ents, Eagles), still need to be accepted by Eru to become more than mere puppets of their creator. Melkor desired the Flame Imperishable and long sought for it in vain, but he could only twist that which had already been given life
Eru created alone the Elves and Men. This is why in The Silmarillion both races are called the Children of Illvatar. The race of the Dwarves was created by Aule, and given sapience by Eru. Animals and plants were fashioned by Yavanna during the Music of the Ainur after the themes set out by Eru. The Eagles of Manwe were created from the thought of Manwand Yavanna. Yavanna also created the Ents, who were given sapience by Eru. Melkor instilled some semblance of free will into his mockeries of Eru Illvatar's creations (Orcs and Trolls).

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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

The background colours give off a cosmic totality from Eru.
The esoteric quality of the illustration makes it highly compelling. Putting the Eruhini within Eru and under the Flame Imperishable gives it a touch of genesis, a beautiful creationesque quality.
The characterization of the Ainur adds magnificence to the piece. Detailing the regalia of the Ainur with features of their own domain helps mark them in such an elegant fashion. It is a mark of vision of a true artist.
What I would have liked to see is a representation of the void. I might be mistaken and it might be in there woven brilliantly and subtly -like everything else- as the void is an essential part of The Silmarillion.
Nonetheless, no words I can write can give justice to this masterpiece. I would say by far your finest work, but your other features of work are brilliant.
At request, please continue to illustrate such brilliant settings.
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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
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:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

Definitely one of your more interesting pieces.
It's certainly not your most colorful, but its the most interesting in that while it is based off another story... it feels like an original piece.
Nice line work.
Excellent poses.
Wonderful use of emotion and shapes to show Picasso-esque emotion.
I especially like your depiction of the godly figure in the middle. She seems like a combination of lady liberty and the personification of justice (the one with the blindfold)
Keep up the good work and I hope you branch out into more epic stories that deserve that same amazing treatment WoW and LOTR got.
7 out of 10
Thelamps's avatar
Thank you breath-art for choosing Ea to depict with you amazing talent ! Shattering stuff.
Holmes-JA's avatar
Amazing! It's like a stained glass window. I really need to pick up a copy of the Silmarillion.
coffeegoeswild's avatar
My Silmarillion lovers heart sings... Utterly magical.
CatholicbyHeart's avatar
Absolutely beautiful! It was fun to guess which vala each one was based off of his or her cloathing and surroundings. Well done!
madeline-bauer's avatar
Will there be a print of this sold?  Because it is BEAUTIFUL.  I would buy like 3 prints for me...and then another 20 for other people.
Aysuna7's avatar
This is so stunning!
NanaStasiya's avatar
So, this is what the music looked like...
OspreyEamon's avatar
I really like the way you've depicted the One in this piece.
ktallardy's avatar
I can't tell you how much your art has moved me.  The Silmarillion is a book I have read countless times, and I've always been enthralled by the creation story in's my favorite bit of Tolkien over everything he's written.  To see it represented in such a way....I'm blown away.  Literally.  I think these pieces are, hands down, the most amazing, thoughtful, creative things I've ever seen.  Thank you so much for all your hard work.  I can't wait to have some hanging in my home.
AjaxTelamoneis's avatar
Oh, this is beautiful!

I could never quite imagine these scenes... what Eru looked like, what the Valar looked like, what it would look like to watch them sing things into existence together ... wow.
Greenhatman's avatar
That's probably the most fascinating depiction of Eru I've ever seen in any artwork, and I just adore how the color blue is used so well here.
kidskards's avatar
sell me this print PLEASE!!!!
V-for-Vienna's avatar
Tolkien, I suspect, would have been livid, had he ever seen this "Eru", if the story of his rather furious reaction to an overly-feminine depiction of Legolas is any indication.

Additionally, the embryonic proto-edain bears a disturbing resemblance to the protagonist of "Golgo 13", but that's really neither here nor there.
SocQA's avatar
Absolutely beautiful and wonderful work. Interesting depiction of the Ainur and Eru Illuvatar. Thank you for sharing your works with us!
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Thraecian's avatar
I'd dearly like to say something clever and insightful, but I've really nothing to say other than that your work is bloody amazing. If I weren't skint broke I'd buy a print of this.
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One of your best pieces I think. I really like it ! Such a beautiful work. 
dragonsong17's avatar
Beautiful! I love the Ainulindale so much, and this is a gorgeous depiction of it!
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