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Eowyn by eilidh Eowyn by eilidh
‘A sword rang as it was drawn. “Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.”’

Éowyn, The Lord of the Rings

Done for Athenscon 2017 on the kind request of Will o'Wisps.

Pose reference: Elandria
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thwackcrackers Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019
This is so beautiful. She was one of my favorite characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Superb. :)
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019  Student Digital Artist
:love:
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rphb Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019
Try to actually put chainmail on. The piece the girl is wearing must weight at least 60 kg, the same as the girl herself. She will hardly be able to lift it, let alone use a sword at the same time
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
You've got it wrong; chain mail weighs about 10kg, 20kg tops (look it up). The weight of it is evenly distributed so that anyone can move fluidly in it.
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rphb Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019
that depends on how long it is, whether it is chest or full body, this girl's chain is full body and extra long at that.
I may have shot a bit over the top, but 20kg is also way to little.
and 20kg by the way is also more than an average girl can carry.

Chain mail is freaking heavy, it is not just a fashion statement.
But I guess if instead of using iron we use some kind of fantasy material like mythril, that is half as light as aluminium and trice as strong as steel, than sure she can carry it.
It still wont help her in a sword fight though, as physical strength is the most important attribute, not simply due to the strengt needed to swing that fancy sword of hers, but also to absorb and direct blows.
Its a fact that is often ignored in RPG's, but there is a reason why women are never seen on the battlefields.

To be honest it is a beautiful painting, but I don't like paintings that lie.
Get her out of that silly outfit and put her in a beautiful dress.
There were reigning queens in the middle ages, but they didn't get to their position by pretending to be a man.

One of my favourites, were Queen Margaret I "the lady king" daughter of Valdemar IV and founder of the Kalmar union.
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Beeroxxx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Really?  Most of us simply cares about the beauty of the art, the picture itself.  Majority of us don't get so technical as to whether the item she is wearing weighs a ton in reality or not, and frankly most people don't even know or care.....that's the beauty of art.....it doesn't have to be realistic!!  Please don't be so critical about someone else's art....it's beautiful to most of us....irrespective of whether it works like that in reality or not.  The beauty of art is that there is no right or wrong way.  Rather encourage, for that too is beautiful.
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019  Professional Digital Artist

Claiming it's not possible for a woman to wear armour and specifically fight with a sword goes against both evidence and daily experience. Women historically (even if not very commonly) have worn armour and fought; They still do in re-enactments as well as martial arts.

Here are some indicative links, you might find them useful:




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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ignore this hilarious little person and keep making beautiful art o___O
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! No worries! :)
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HOSHUNS Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
love the chainmail and the grime vibe. dope
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MarkoozAndre Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
Amazing!!!
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CriftyWind Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So realistic
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CriftyWind Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So realistic
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kelmfire Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019
"I AM NO MAN" 
Your picture is truly inspiring, raw and beautiful.  This is the awesome-ness I keep trying to put into my Sabriel pictures.
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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5ocean Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018
Beautiful! Exactly as she was desribed by JRR Tolkien fragile but strong and brave)))
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! That's what I wanted to show here. She had just seen her uncle go down; she was frightened; but she was nonetheless brave and stood her ground.
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eucratidean Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Wow. I think this perfectly portrays Eowyn from this badass moment in ROTK: "She did not blench: maiden of the Rohirrim, child of kings, slender but as a steel-blade, fair yet terrible"
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, this is what I was going for; and also to show how, even though she was afraid, she had the courage to challenge the Witch-king.
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DM7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Love the mood in this one. :D
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
wonderful
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Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done! Glad my stock came in useful! :hug:
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eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love, love your stock photos, they're among the first I check when I look for reference. <3
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AthanArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
Well done Eleni, the character's face is my favorite part which is always challenging. Great work as usual!
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Means a great deal coming from you.
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TuG1138 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist
So good! 
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LinkFan29 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing job. 
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Evil-Shieldmaiden Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Nice artwork!  I love the way you've drawn her, and the expression of fierceness on her face.  :love:
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The expression in a character is probably the most important part, I think. :)
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good detail.  I love her gritty and determined face.
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I paid extra attention to her expression.
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Megan-Jeffs Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful! I love the texture! 
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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artisan3 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice and moody!
 Love the colours and textures!
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AlessandraImperio Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic painting!!
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Voievoda Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Absolutely beautiful!
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eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my~ Such a nice portrait of her. So fierce and brave <3 I love it ^^
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eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I tried to do her justice. :)
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You definitively succeeded ^^
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb! This is amazing. You've done the character justice.
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear that! Thanks!
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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:iconeilidh:
eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Graupe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Wow, she looks awesome!
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eilidh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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