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Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol + Melian

By DonatoArts
Inspired by the tale in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and recent winner of a Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists for the Best Unpublished Work of 2015.
Oil on linen
112" x 60"
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1400x771px 458.65 KB
© 2016 - 2021 DonatoArts
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An award well won. This is superb work.

Aedicina's avatar

Is Melian "looking at the camera" as an indication of her prescience of this situation, or is that just a trick of the angle of her head/face?

Galejro's avatar
Does look like one of those classic portraits
spicedwinefanfic's avatar
This is totally stunning. 
Malwontlet's avatar
As someone with poor imagination, this work I will have in my mind when I read that part again.
Gilbert-S's avatar
I am left speechless by the beauty, detail and skill demonstrated in this massive painting. 
Wyzzel's avatar
Absolutely stunning work! The details are incredible and it´s a fantastic atmospheric scene with so much love in every single person. Really beautiful! 💛
Sirinuel's avatar
Taelsa's avatar
This is spectacular! The architecture alone is amazing!
I'm curious to see what your vision of Nargothrond in its glory is
areeyalia's avatar
mithrialxx's avatar
I'm always amazed by artists who draw groups of characters in wonderful settings so well. I have these pictures in my head but not the skill to create them. Costumes, architecture, poses, expressions and great lighting. Stunning, highly skilful work.
I found this going through my favorites years later, and am suddenly reminded how much I liked it. The colors fill the scene, and the elves give a sense of wonder, both within and without. Inside the scene they wonder who this Beren-human is and why he dares come her. Outside the scene, I wonder who they are, and what adventures they've had that have never been told. It's a great image. Well done.
NikitaTarsov's avatar
A scene i had like to see on a movie.
The-Last-Phantom's avatar
Super amazing art!!

Steve Harrington - Icon 
B15works's avatar
This is an amazing piece of art! I feel like you gave this scene a fresh look. I love the lighting, attention to detail and the poses of the individual elves. It really reminds me of the classical Renaissance paintings.  Keep up the awesome work! :D 
SumtimesIplaytheFool's avatar
If I knew the Sindarin word for "awesome", I'd use it. 
TheQuestionMan1's avatar
I suspect backgrounds for LorR is difficult, but you pulled it off. 
Imdraproc's avatar
Truly gorgeous pic that astounds with its combination of the high and epic with its attention to detail The presence of trees and plants, combined with the flowing and graceful styles in the architecture and its decoration shows that this scene takes the place in an elven land. The banner and decorations on the floor and dais are very fine, and one can see the attentiveness in the assembled Quendi and the hopes for a union between the First- and Secondborn Children of Ilúvatar! 

The designs of the elves themselves and their garb marches perfectly with how you have designed their home. Thank you for showing us this might testament to artistic talent! 
tuegan's avatar
Amazing work. Thank you so much!
TheNightOwl5's avatar
Beautiful,absolutely amazing this is very close to what I pictured when I read the book. (such a good story) Although may I question as to where  Dairon is? 
JohannaEgeria's avatar
An very interesting background with many details. I really like the scene. You did a very good job. :)
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