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"Mother Idril, I would we had good Ecthelion of the Fountain here to play to me on his flute, or make me willow-whistles! Perchance he has gone on ahead?" But Idril said nay, and told what she had heard of his end." Jrr Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin

EDIT: I changed the background like I said I would and thickened his waist which was too skinny. Added some more emphasis on his face and light and shadow in general, and detailed the flowers (at last :D ).


Ecthelion of the Fountain, captain of Gondolin who died killing Gothmog, captain of Morgoth's army. He was said to be the fairest of the Noldoli.
In the story I am currently writing, Ecthelion is half Noldo, half Teleri by his father Elenfin, son of Olwë, thus making him a prince of Alqualondë through his father's descent and explaining why Turgon would chose him amongst many as one of his most trusted captains and advisors (the same goes for Glorfindel, whose lineage I have given in his own picture :p ) Imagining Ecthelion as part Teleri also gave an explanation to his special musical talents. I remember reading that he was said to have one of the fairest of voices, just like Finrod who also had Telerin blood.

A little note on the clothing: like I wrote before, I chose to give each Elven Lineage a different clothing feel, hence a Persian mood to Ecthelion's robes. (The brocade and design of the under shirt is completely Persian in style. The long sleaves of the tunic are of Jordanien inspiration.)
I also added sea shells and pearls to the knot on his hair as a reminder of his Telerin origins.
The Silver Fountain design can be found on the brocade of his under shirt sleaves.

All is hand detailed (thought I would die of such details :XD: ) and you may want to download it to appreciate said details better :) (expecially the carvings on the flute.)

This is my second portrayal of all the lords of Gondolin and I'm thinking of doing a portrait of each of them :p What do you think? :s

Ecthelion of the Fountain ©, J.R.R. Tolkien
Design © Lady Susan CSL

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katnor's avatar
Beautiful Ecthelion, and very impressive hair that seems to have taken on a life of its own!
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Yasmin661|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great! I love it :D :D
:heart:
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Lady-Susan's avatar
thank you very much! :hug:
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! :-)
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thanks !:D
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Annathelle26|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, such a lovely Ecthelion!! :love: I love his hair and the details on his clothes... and the whole picture gives me a sense of serenity; like it was when Gondolin was still standing and everyone shared happy moments:)
Faved:heart:
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thank you very much! :hug:
Yes, I really wanted to convay a moment of piece, like how I would picture him when he was still young and innocent but still knew of the looming dangert of Morgoth and had allready experienced the tragedy of the kinslaying at Alqualondë.
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Annathelle26|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
Well said, the picture really does create that feeling to me, you have succeded! :clap:
I know that it's a bit late to say that, but... are you still thinking of doing a portrait of each Gondolin Lord like you say in your description...? It would be truly wonderful if you did:)
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Ecthelion is one of my favorites, and I love the flute!
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Lady-Susan's avatar
:o :glomp: Ecthelion is definitly ne of my favs too! He really doesn't get enough credit :( I mean, he slew a balrog! Gothmog, no less!
And of course, he was aflute player ^^
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alonceBrain|Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love the shading and the details. It must have costed you a lot of hours.
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thanks! :D Yes, the details on his attire (and the flowers T_T ) took me really a lot of time, but it was worth it! :D I actually doubt I ever spent as much time on another drawing :s
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alonceBrain|Hobbyist General Artist
The effect is sdorable :D it was worth it :D
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AnaxErik4ever's avatar
Just beautiful. *soon-to-be professional flute player and fantasy lover talking here*
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thanks a lot!:D I love the flute, it's really one of the instruents alongside the harp that I really look forward to learning some day :)
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AnaxErik4ever's avatar
Yeah. I tried harp for a semester; found it wasn't as easy as I thought.
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StrawberryJam1313's avatar
Wow! This is just...wow! And incredible detail, too ^^ I love Ecthelion! (Oh my god, his name is too long. What am I supposed to call him, though? Thel? xD)
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thanks! :D Yeha, Ecthelion is really a lovable character but it's hard to find any goo nickname for him :p 'Lion maybe? XD 'Thlion... hmmm Not too convincing either XD
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I think I'll stick with Thel xDD It makes sense when you say it...and Thel and Fin sound okay (though it feels weird calling Glorfindel hair OTl)
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ArvenaPeredhel|Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the composition here, I think that's your strength. You've managed to portray him as a character both very powerful and very compassionate. My compliments on the level of depth you have invested in his design, especially the clothes. Persian? I like it.
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thank you! :) Yes, this took a long time to do, especially all the details. I'm glad that I managed in theend to show him both powerful and compassionate.
Yes, I thought something more "Thousand and one nightsé fitted well to the elves of Telerin origins. :) I am planning on doing more portrayals of Tolkien's elven lords, I hope to do them as much justice as for Ecthelion :p
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tirldar's avatar
Ooh, he's lovely. I really like the detailing on the clothing, and yes, Persian does seem appropriate! What kind of flowers are those near the bottom?
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Lady-Susan's avatar
Thank you! :D I am currently working on a version of Galadriel (Artanis) in Persian inspired clothes since she was also a princess of the Teleri beore she left for Middle Earth.
The flowers are hydrangia as a lot of them bloom on the French Norman coast. I imagine such flowers could easily be found in nevrast too :)
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ahh, cool. :)
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