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Story of Tuor, Part 4: Coming to Gondolin by MatejCadil Story of Tuor, Part 4: Coming to Gondolin by MatejCadil
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Then Tuor looked down upon the fair vale of Tumladen, set as a green jewel amid the encircling hills; and he saw far off upon the rocky height of Amon Gwareth Gondolin the great, city of seven names, whose fame and glory is mightiest in song of all dwellings of the Elves in the Hither Lands.
Then Tuor stood before Turgon son of Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, and upon the King's right hand there stood Maeglin his sister-son, but upon his left hand sat Idril Celebrindal his daughter; and all that heard the voice of Tuor marvelled, doubting that this were in truth a Man of mortal race, for his words were the words of the Lord of Waters that came to him in that hour. And he gave warning to Turgon that the Curse of Mandos now hastened to its fulfilment, when all the works of the Noldor should perish; and he bade him depart, and abandon the fair and mighty city that he had built, and go down Sirion to the sea. But Turgon was become proud, and Gondolin as beautiful as a memory of Elven Tirion, and he trusted still in its secret and impregnable strength, though even a Vala should gainsay it (...) Maeglin spoke ever against Tuor in the councils of the King, and his words seemed the more weighty in that they went with Turgon's heart; and at the last he rejected the bidding of Ulmo and refused his counsel.
And Tuor remained in Gondolin, for its bliss and its beauty and the wisdom of its people held him enthralled; and he became mighty in stature and in mind, and learned deeply of the lore of the exiled Elves. Then the heart of Idril was turned to him, and his to her; and Maeglin's secret hatred grew ever greater, for he desired above all things to possess her, the only heir of the King of Gondolin.
The Silmarillion (chapter 23)


watercolor pencils, soft pastels

Fourth part of my series of illustrations for the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin (in the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales).
After a long journey from Vinyamar with Voronwë, Tuor arrived to Godolin at last. This journey could itself be made into a series of illustrations and there are many interesting moments (encountering Túrin at Eithel Ivrin, crossing the guarded road, crossing Brithiach, the Seven Gates of Gondolin, meeting Ecthelion) and I am even tempted to make an intermediate part later to fill up this section of the story. However, in the original commission it was not included.
So in the first panel you can see the glorious city of Gondolin, as seen for the first time by Tuor after he passed the Seventh Gate. I wanted it to look a little dreamlike and not too detailed for it was a fulfilment of a vision from his dreams (as stated in the Unfinished Tales).
The central section shows the audience of Tuor before king Turgon. And lo, there is the highest number of characters in a single panel in this whole series (not counting the Easterlings in the background in the first part). I know I have to practice human figure more, but that's just what I am trying to do. ;-)
The lower panel shows our beloved couple already happily together (though someone is watching them and he doesn't like it at all). Tuor is already somehow older, so I let him grow a beard (also to distinguish him from elves).
This part is special in a way, that the four smallest panels doesn't show just continuation or variation of the motifs from other panels, but also some information of their own: Emblems of the Twelve Houses of the Gondolindrim. Because they are only vaguely described and not painted by Tolkien himself, it was interesting to make them up (with some inspiration from other fan-artists).
The four devices in the corners show of course Tuor's swan wing (upper left), for the first time device of Idril (lower right), once more that of Turgon (upper right) and also device of the House of Finwë (lower left), because High King of the Noldor was also the head of the House of Finwë.

I hope you like it and I'll appreciate your comments. :-)

Other parts

Tale of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by MatejCadil  Tale of Tuor, Part 2: Journey to the Sea by MatejCadil  Tale of Tuor, Part 3: The Message of Ulmo by MatejCadil   Tale of Tuor, Part 5: The Fall of Gondolin by MatejCadil   Tale of Tuor, Part 6: A New Beginning by MatejCadil 

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If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look at the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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rockafellow Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your border work is downright amazing.  (Not that the rest isn't.  It's all great.  The border is just something that I know would take me a long time to never get quite right and then make me throw my hands up in frustration.)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks, I'm glad you appreciate my border work! =D
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Manroose Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beatiful cover image :3
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tahleta série je celá perfektní, nemůžu se vynadívat Tuorovy zbroje. Bude to celé někde použité? Myslím tím vidět třeba knížku Pán Gondolinu s těmito ilustracemi, neváhám a nakoupím deset ^^ :sun: Nebo ještě líp, tyhle obrazy jsou takové ornamentovité, krásně barevné, skoro jak na vitráž do kostela pro věřící v Ilúvatara :D
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, díky.. :-) Jo, tyhle ornamentální obrázky mě hrozně baví, i když času to zabere dost, ale výsledek mě skoro vždycky potěší. :-)
Jo, je dost možné, že nějaké vitráže nebo nástěnné malby mě také inspirovaly. :nod:
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rstrider9 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I love every detail. Amazing! :wow:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like it! :nod:
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rstrider9 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Your welcome! :wave:
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Leevah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I keep following this with great joy. The pastel work is amazing. :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it! :thanks:
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gbindis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Przepiękne. Fantastycznie wygląda komnata, no i Gondolin.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dziękuję! :hug:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jůůůůů! :excited: Opět názorná ukázka tvého talentu! :hug: Je to jednoduše nádherné! :heart: Ten sál je úžasný! Takové okna bych taky chtěla doma! :D To mi asi nevyjde... :giggle:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, to jsem rád, že se ti to líbí! :thanks: Takové chvály... :blushes:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Není zač :kiss:
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juiceofclouds Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so many details...Great work, congratulations!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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silamir Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   General Artist
I wish I could do architecture like you. :shakefist: ;P hehehe Beautiful!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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silamir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   General Artist
you're welcome :D
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Wanderlings Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the details and the shading -- all the pieces in this series are exquisite! :heart:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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Meltintalle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The floor and other little details are amazing. It's a really gorgeous page!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like this one too! :-)
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whimsicallySardonic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I love the lay-out so much - it reminds me of an illustration from an illuminated manuscript, something that belongs between jewelled bindings.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm really glad you like it! :thanks: I was inspired by illuminated manuscripts. :nod:
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Lienka32 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
tymi ornamentami si ma zase dostal :D a tienovanie saly, hlavne dlazba a tie schody, jednoducho wow :wow:
snad sa mi niekedy podari precitat cely Silmarillion, nech poznam cely pribeh... zatial 2krat neuspesne :-(
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuji za komentář! :hug: Jsem rád, že se ti to líbí. :aww:
Silmarillion není úplně lehká četba; musí si na to člověk zvyknout, je to spíš mytologie než román, nebo taky zhuštěná podoba příběhů, které jsou jinde vyprávěné podrobněji (třeba právě ten příběh o Tuorovi). Zároveň se ale ty příbehy nedají moc dobře vyprávět jednotlivě, protože spolu souvisejí a zapadají do jednoho celku. Já ale Silmarillion miluju a považuju ho za naprostý poklad, už pro tu uměleckou inspiraci. Tak doufám, že tomu přijdeš na chuť! :-)
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Lienka32 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Mne sa praveze Silmarillion paci, len sa mi to vzdy zacinalo pliest, myslim tie mena po case :-( Ale raz to urcite zvladnem! :D
Zatial si pockam na tvoj dalsi vytvor :boogie:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To říká víc lidí, že se jim pletou jména, i když mně to nikdy nepřišlo tak složité. Při nejistotě doporučuju použít nějakou on-line encyklopedii, jako <a href="[link]"The Encyclopedia of Arda nebo *self-promotion* Angrenost.cz.

Nj, brzo tu bude pátá část série... ;-)
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Lienka32 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
dakujem za tip ;-)
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