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Fingon the Valiant by Mellaril Fingon the Valiant by Mellaril
"Of all the children of Finwë he is justly most renowned: for his valour was as a fire and yet as steadfast as the hills of stone; wise he was and skilled in voice and hand; truth and justice he loved and bore good will to all, both Elves and Men, hating Morgoth only; he sought not his own, neither power nor glory, and death was his reward."

Fingon, son of Fingolfin, was a loyal friend, an incorruptible hero, and a certified badass. He rose to every challenge and fought bravely against impossibly powerful beings and terrible odds. He did the right thing, always, at any cost. For this, he was loved by all. Elves and Men of all realms fought by his side at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, where he was killed. In some ways I believe Fingon was the hope and soul of the Elves-- after his death, the realms of the Eldar scattered and hid before they fell, one by one. The Sons of Fëanor turned on their former allies and killed cruelly to fulfill their Oath. Until his brother's grandson, Eärendil, sailed to Valinor, no one was ever able to unite Beleriand against Morgoth again.

Please view larger size. Thanks :iconalystraea: for suggesting that I draw him!
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maedhrosrussandol Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
I love this. He's got such a unique light in his eyes--the Exiles Light of the Trees. Lovely. I love Fingon.
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm pleased with the way they turned out as well. Hug 
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alystraea Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a sense of movement and energy in the pose! (and in the gold-ribboned braids flying.) I love how fierce your warrior-Fingon is - he's seldom portrayed looking so aggressive. The lighting on the armour looks great and I especially like the design on the horse armour. The light-coloured background is a good choice - it gives the effect of shining through a stained glass window.
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Mellaril Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!! And yes, that was my intention :D maybe not aggressive per se, but ready to fight (probably someone bigger than he is, hence the angle) for what he believes in. The armor and "stained-glass" technique is relatively new for me so I'm glad you think it turned out well. It still needs a great deal of refinement as you can see. A bit more on warrior-Fingon: actually it surprised me to revisit The Silm and find that he's seldom described as doing anything else except fighting (usually for Maedhros). The three exceptions are his role in leaving for Middle-earth (probably to support Maedhros), rescuing Maedhros, and ruling (Hithlum/High King, not for Maedhros but probably pining for him all the while). So anyway, this poor guy is quite the warrior, even if he is Maehdros's willing betch. 
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alystraea Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a striking insight into Fingon! It's true that by contrast, Finrod is shown pretty busy with diplomacy, interracial dialogue, and travelling/exploring. Isn't it ironic that for a guy described most often as fighting, Fingon is a peace-loving dude, as seen the quote you gave? he bore "good will to all" and "sought not his own". If he fought, it was never out of hatred (Morgoth does not count) or self-interest. It's not Fingon's many battles that characterize him at all, in the end, but the rescue of Maedhros, which is why almost everyone ships him so badly with the ginger.
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly how I feel ^w^ a guy who didn't want to fight but had to. Random: what's your stance on whether Fingon is Gil-Galad's father? I'm personally against (because I may or may not ship him with the ginger) but it does explain why the High King title fell to him. 
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alystraea Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My stance for years was Fingon is GG's dad because I grew up with Silmarillion and I never questioned it. It's so entrenched in my mind now, that I find it hard to shake the fact. I'm still chewing on the fact that Tolkien's final revision was GG as Orodreth's son. That would just as naturally make him High King because he would be the last patrilineal descendant of the line of Finwe still living in Middle Earth at the beginning of the Second Age (sad Maglor of course not being in the running). I would have to completely overhaul my headcanon of Orodreth to make this acceptable to me. 
To reconcile Fingon as GG's dad and Maed's bae isn't impossible. Hithlum and Himring were pretty far from each other, so they would have been separated most of the First Age. As in ancient Greek tradition, Fingon could've been bi... ;)
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
GG as Orodreth's son does indeed make sense from the standpoint of succession, but after Turgon's death in the Fall of Gondolin, Maedhros, Maglor, Amras and Amrod were arguably still alive and would have been equally logical candidates (though probably unpopular ones). But, yes, at the start of the Second Age (and after the death of Celebrimbor), Gil-Galad is the last Finwean standing. But being the son of Orodreth would make him blond, which is just odd o.o So for me it's just easier to think of his parentage as being obscure, his claim to King of the Elves by just merit instead.

In my headcanon the story of F and M follows the plot of a literary work about cowboys in Wyoming that will not be named: they spend far more time apart than they do together. And they each may or may not take socially acceptable female lovers. Because of this their lives are full of longing and regret, but the short whiles they see each other are heaven on Middle-Earth. I belieeeeve. 
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alystraea Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After the Kinslaying at Doriath, you're right, there is no way the other elves of Beleriand would have accepted anyone of the House of Feanor as High King. Anyway, given that every High King in Middle Earth died horribly, I don't think anyone envied GG the title. I think I could get used to the idea of a blond GG if I put my mind to it. I've seen more artwork of him with blond hair recently, including this by Kapriss. So many now ship F & M that they simply don't want F to have a son. For me, since Tolkien was never mysterious about GG's parentage, just indecisive, that dad of his is clearly either Fingon or Orodreth. The Eldar were very clear about lines of succession, so arguably only the very first kings (Ingwe, Finwe, Olwe) were chosen by merit. It's an interesting headcanon to have, though. 
I can see the cowboys in Wyoming as an AU for F&M! I personally see them as being like Alexander and Hephaestion, but your story fits better. 
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just realizing now that Galadriel, too, would have been around at Gil-Galad's ascension. How fascinating that is, given her pride and ambition-- do you think she resented the fact she was passed over for being a woman? I mean she's the real life daughter of Finarfin, and Gil-Galad would have been her snot-nosed nephew. Or grand-nephew, since Orodreth got demoted to a son of Angrod. 

I've just gone and read all about Hephaestion. How wonderful that his friendship with Alexander was so close and enduring, and also real. I adore it. And as for which of our headcanons is a better fit, why not both? :D
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katnor Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
Fingon and Maedhros are my favourite Finwëans, hands down. Your Fingon has the most captivating eyes, that's definitely "the light of Aman" there!
"Thus fell the High King of the Noldor; and they beat him into the dust with their maces, and his banner, blue and silver, they trod into the mire of his blood." Makes me cry every time I read it...
Btw, Eärendil was Turgon's grandson, not his son.
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment! Fingon and Maedhros are definitely my favorite from their generation :) I also like the way the eyes turned out-- they came out right the first time which is really rare. Ugh I agree his death is just brutal; that sentence feels like a kick in the gut. Noble people trying to do the right thing, and not always succeeding, is the name of the game in The Silmarillion and it's beautiful in a sad way. D'oh! Thanks for catching that. I definitely meant to type "grandson"!!
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Irsanna Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
very beautifully! looks like stained glass.
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! This is a new technique for me, I'm not used to painting lines and color on separate layers. That's probably why it looks like stained glass.
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Irsanna Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
it looks beautiful!
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Fingon looks great
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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Mooroflife Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Student Writer
love the composition and those eyes!
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Mellaril Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I like the way they turned out too!! The rest of it I'm less happy with ;)
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