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Published: December 19, 2018
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Melkor. Almost the same as he should be, unless something went wrong back in the glory days.

As for the golden scars,  someone, who is an amazing fanfic author and my very good friend, told  me about the facts about Kintsugi restoration art. It is used for shattered ceramics restiration. The materials are oil filler mixed with silver, gold or platinum powder.

Philosophy wise, Kintsugi art, all in all, is to exhibit the history of the object. Cracks, dents and breakouts are honorable, thus they do not require hiding or masking.

The very concept of an object with history, read: being intact for a while, destructed at a moment, reassembled later… it makes this object more valuable, comparing to its prior state. This concept really played my strings, so I had to visualize it.

My opinion, Melkor is THE natural part of Arda. And it is not really possible to erase him from this story. Otherwise there’ll be an aftertaste, a scar, a feeling, that everything is alright, but something is missing, something truly important.

All in all, I hope that there is a chance for everyone to (Webster, please help me!) revive oneself. Even for him. Obviously, he’d be about to to fix his dark deeds, and it will be challenging.
But he did not rise for nothing, after all ))

Fragment-  sta.sh/01frit5noqna

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thomasDeQuincey's avatar
Considering that he is, essentially, Lucifer with a bit of Loki and a part of Hades portfolio, it is dead certain that he was created for exactly that purpose, to rebel and stir everything up, and, very probably, also deliberately manipulated into this (like Lucifer). With other deities like these, this world would be nothing more than an idealized Scandinavian health resort.
If Arda Healed will ever happen, which is unlikely, it would be a kind of afterlife (roughly, paradise) for the whole world, so it would be an asshole move not to invite him to the party as well. And no need in repentance, there's nothing to repent about in the first place.
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Izvin's avatar
Wait... What? Hades portfolio? That would be Namo from head to toe. Or are you comparing abduction of Persephone to theft of silmarils and destruction of Trees?
The rest, I pretty much agree. I have a feeling, that Iluvatar would prefer if Melkor's destructive effect was more harmonized with rest of Valar, like neither group understood how to cooperate, not just Melkor, but he ultimately served his purpose.
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DGraymanFanatic's avatar
his smile gives me the creeps... hmm he's giving the evil vibe even in this picture.   

Still, its only possible to redeem oneself if they're actually repentant, and melkor/Morgoth is not in anything of Tolkien's writings. 
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pearwood's avatar
pearwood|Hobbyist Photographer
As he should have been.
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Phoenixnightfury123's avatar
Phoenixnightfury123|Hobbyist General Artist
I love your thinking there! And, it is a very interesting topic That I myself have often thought about, to be honest.
After all, didn't everything Eru created have a roll in Arda? It makes sense.Bambi Nod Britney Spears - Mhmm 
and well done! I love your technique on this one! 
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Penstray's avatar
PenstrayEdited |Student Digital Artist
Love the link you created between kintsugi as a philosophical concept, and Melkor as an indispensable force of contrast, balance and progress. I find it's the same for most well-built fictional bad guys: you need an opposing force to balance out all the "good", because in the end both absolute extremes, good and bad, are detrimental to proper evolution applied to a human plane of existence. Teoretically, reaching an utopian or dystopian state would bring absolutism, thus stagnation in a single state, and finally annihilation of existence. That's why we always need a pinch of the opposing element to stir things up and keep them moving, because constant change means existence and balance, as illustrated by the Taoist symbol of yin and yang. That's why I believe "evil"characters such as Lucifer, Loki, Melkor etc are important for the world and people in it, both in fantasy and in real life. Thank you so much for expressing this idea through yours wonderful work, and for sharing it with us.
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flabbergastingdragon's avatar
flabbergastingdragon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really interesting!
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Salvadroid's avatar
Salvadroid|Hobbyist General Artist
Melkor does seem inseparable from the story, especially after the events of the silmarillion and the creation. Great Artwork!
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5ocean's avatar
Красив! и концепт великолепный! Прекрасное положение рук! Одни из лучших рук , что я видела, особенно от локтя до кисти и сами кисти рук!!!! Очень красивые глаза, манящие, мудрые...Нет, без него нельзя....Даже если забыть, кто изображен - сам портрет очень красивый, и манера изображения и цвета, и лицо!
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annamare's avatar
annamare|Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is beautiful and the idea is beautiful. I love kintsugi!! Heart 
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SemperViridis's avatar
Beautiful work, and what a fabulous concept with the scars!
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Graupe's avatar
Wow, I love the idea with the golden scars!
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TairineMel's avatar
Beautiful artwork!Clap 
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kimberly80's avatar
Если бы я не почитала комменты в вк, я бы с ходу не въехала в замысел и в идею, ну а потом все стало понятно, в том числе и руки...
Вот любопытно, какому количеству народа близка эта идея Арды Исцеленной даже вместе с таким вот Мелькором???Ты там поспрашивай у народа...
А вообще в отрыве от контекста он конечно очень мил, милаха)
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EKukanova's avatar
Когда сия идея пришла мне в голову и я решила её воплотить, вот честно думала что на меня ополчатся вообще все, и светлые и тёмные, светлые будут категорически против его присутствия в исцелённом мире, а тёмные- "ты что сделала с нашим владыкой?!)), а вот подиж, такие прямо лучи добра и любви были))  Нет, ну один-полтора коммента были в стиле Гуртанг в сердце, но вообще народ за))
Интересно было его попробовать представить не чудищем, и красавчиком "потому что для нас тёмный владыка такой!", а каким бы он был если бы не)
Извини что сразу не ответила, меня тут комиккон съел, вписалась в авантюру х)
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kimberly80's avatar
Вообще идея такая неоднозначная в целом, провокационная идея)
но тебе очень подходит, именно от тебя и можно было ожидать.

Мелькор и лучи добра))))

Хотя мне кажется без этой своей главной сильно нехорошей части в своем исцеленном виде- он был бы неполноценен, не был бы самим собой, вот такой вот парадокс в моем уме родился...)

а что ты там делаешь?)
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EKukanova's avatar
Ну в моём понимании он должен был быть чем-то вроде духа всяческого креатива и движухи, в общем чтобы никто не заскучал)  Он же был самым искусным, и имел часть знания в каждом направлении, часть мудрости каждого из валар, он должен был задумывать и начинать, а Манвэ улучшать и заканчивать, с ним мир наверное всё время должен был меняться, не становясь чем-то застывшим.., так что вот такая идея)

Ну позвали меня выставиться там принтами, никогда на таких мероприятиях не бывала, любопытно же чем нынешняя молодеж упарывается, посмотрела, сделала выводы о____о  На второй день адаптировалась, тоже включилась в этот праздник))  Своего рода глоток свежего воздуха был, хотя местами шоковая терапия *___*
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HimmeltheBlue's avatar
Ah the great Dark Lord Melkor, the destroyer and creator of anything filthy and cruel. My favourite of all Ainurs, the fallen one.
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TheLivingEnigma's avatar
Melkor was the chief and mightiest of the Ainur and the first to rebel against Illuvater (GOD of the Tolkien mythos) This would be his physical form before he became the darklord Morgoth the one that made Sauron his bitch and groomed him to take over the family business. The scars could be his battle with Tulkas or Ungoliant Lord of Spiders when she blowjob the trees of Valinor stealing its light.
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Wyzzel's avatar
Wyzzel|Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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Wasserwaldnymphe|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The idea is awesome, one of the most creative I've seen this year.
And it would be something Melkor would do, because he likes shiny things.
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get-Seth|Student Digital Artist
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katnor's avatar
He's beautiful! And the concept of the kintsugi seems very fitting.
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befanini's avatar
I think the word you are looking for is  "redeem". :) And yes, you are absolutely right - like tragedy is the muse of all great poetry, so too is Melkor absolutely necessary to bring balance, and give meaning to suffering, and cast a shadow against the light.
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