Thus Finrod came to the Caverns of Narog, and began to establish there deep halls and armouries after the fashion of the mansions of Menegroth; and that stronghold was called Nargothrond. In that labour Finrod was aided by the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains; and they were rewarded well, for Finrod had brought more treasures out of Tirion than any other of the princes of the Noldor. And in that time was made for him the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves, most renowned of their works in the Elder Days. It was a carcanet of gold, and set therein were gems uncounted from Valinor; but it had a power within it so that it rested lightly on its wearer as a strand of flax, and whatsoever neck it clasped it sat always with grace and loveliness. There in Nargothrond Finrod made his home with many of his people, and he was named in the tongue of the Dwarves Felagund, Hewer of Caves; and that name he bore thereafter until his end. But Finrod Felagund was not the first to dwell in the caves beside the River Narog.
Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Silmarillion (pp. 107-108). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
Hey everyone! Yes, there has been a long absence. I started a really demanding job six months ago and since then have found it really tough to find the time to paint - this piece was mostly done on the plane between my multiple round trips across the country! So that's what I blame for all mistakes and consistencies.
This is Finrod and his dwarf-friends hewing the caverns of Nargothrond. I drew the inspiration from my very good deviantArt friends
(who's rightfully obsessed with Finrod) and
(who suggested I branch out and paint some dwarves for once). Here's the end result, and I'm so glad I took these suggestions - I learned so much from this piece about armor design and painting people with bold facial characteristics, would definitely do it again!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!