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The Star of Hope by MatejCadil The Star of Hope by MatejCadil
"Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings,  the Return of the King. Book VI, Chapter 2: The Land of Shadow
I love this simple scene so much, the message of hope, so important in the Lord of the Rings and oll of Tolkien's writings, is so clearly and beautifully shown here.
This picture was originally made for a monthly theme "Above the Clouds" at Projekt ilustrace.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :-)
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Deathlydollies13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The beauty of this picture... is unbelievable.

And that's one of my favourite parts in the book... So touching. Q u Q
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :hug:
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Deathlydollies13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
Lovely with the lighting and the way the landscape looks. I think the only thing that for some reason looks a little funny to me is Sam's chin, but it could be just personal preference. Otherwise awesome picture! :D
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank's for your comment!
Well, some things are not ideal, partly because it was quite small picture so the details were difficult to draw.
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
You're welcome :)
Ah, I see. :nod:
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DarkPaladin6469 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My new phones background
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, that's great! :aww:
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DarkPaladin6469 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you did a good job
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Armanir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the colors of landscape .. presume it's Mordor - you were inspired by Lord of the rings if im right?
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, Sam and Frodo travelling through Mordor in the Return of the King.
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
úžasné
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
díky! :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
Mission performed, as designed.  :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
This quote is something that another famous fantasy, for whatever reason, just missed.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly! That's one of the reasons why I love Tolkien so much.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
And, unfortunately, the big reason about Tolkien that modern "fantasy" writers just missed.  (I'm looking at you, Martin!)
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JurassicPark89 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
Star of hope painting indeed. Nice work on light cast by the moon in the dark of the night!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The white on dark drawing in quite challenging and new to me, but I love the effect of it. :-)
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