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An often forgotten but nonetheless awesome character : Círdan the Shipwright

Okay, I tried to draw him as I imagined the character the 1rst time I read the books so it's a personal interpretation, I hope you'll like it. Moreover, I tried to make an effort for the background xD


“Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and he was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars.”


J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings, Book 6

“ ‘My heart is with the Sea, and I will dwell by the grey shores, guarding the Havens until the last ship sails.’ ”


J. R. R. Tolkien: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age


For those who don't know who he is, Círdan the Shipwright, was the Teleri Lord of the Grey Havens and the one who took care of the building of one of the last ships to carry away the last Eldar to the Valinor ( Undying Lands ).

Even if we don't see him much in LoTR, he has a major role in the entire Legendarium of Tolkien (Silmarillion, HoME, UT, LoTR etc. ... ) even if he did not have a directly active role.
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5ocean Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
You won`t believe, but for many years I thought that this is a book illustration...Unbelieveble... You are so amazing!
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Ritiakaramne Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Yeah, a good one. But I can't help myself: Elf and beard don't fit in my mind... I always imagine myself approaching Cirdan or Mahtan with a razor, saying: choose, sweet one: beard or throat.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I know it's weird but it doesn't bother me that much. (well that can be due to the fact that I like bearded men xD)
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Wingedkabuki Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He should have had a bigger role in the movies since he played an important role. I do know he helped raised Gil-galad when he was little and became the latter's lieutenant. He was there when he sailed the Ring bearers to the West.

It is just ashamed that an awesome character got a bit part.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, he's so cool and important, I really wish he was there
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Wingedkabuki Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ditto, he should at least have speaking role.
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RazielT Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Very nice.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much
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Neranella Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Waouh ! superbe !
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
The only time he's seen is in the end of ROTK and they left off his beard. >_____< Very nice rendition!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ! it shocked when I noticed that he did not have a beard in the movies ! it's such an important detail about him !
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Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
RIGHT?! Especially considering he's the only sea-elf NOT in Valinor at the time of the Third-Age. Another thing I like about your picture is the shortness of his beard. For some reason, in my head, I always see the floor length, "wizard/old chinese man" style. LOL Yours looks much better and more realistic!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, as I said to few of my deviants, I really wanted his beard to look "elvish" ; a long messy beard would make him be too much of Gandalf.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the style, his clothing and the column and the sky... Awesome!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much :heart: the character deserves more attention
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Shiraime Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Ah le seigneur charpentier ! J'aime ton interprétation ! Je n'avais vraiment retenu qu'il avait une barbe et je n'ai jamais imaginé un seul elfe de Tolkien avec une barbe (bien que cela soit tentant parfois, puisque Tolkien s'inspire souvent de l'ambiance "ancienne île de Bretagne" et "légendes nordiques") !
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
merci merci, sa barbe est mentionnée pluseurs fois pourtant dont le dernier chapitre du SdA... mais je te l'accorde, il est très difficile de concevoir un elfe barbu ce qui ma valu quelques soucis de conception sur ce dessin parce qu'il fallait que ça fasse elfique comme barbe alors que elfe et barbe sont en théorie incompatibles.
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Shiraime Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Oui c'est exact ! =D encore qu'il y ait Elfquest où les elfes ont des barbes...enfin si je me souviens... mais je ne trouve pas que cette bd soit vraiment une référence.
De rien !
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo! I like the beard! It's fitting he'd have a book open; I imagine he's the scholarly sort. :)
The background is amazing - gorgeous colors! :D
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much, I'm very happy that you like t*he beard. As I explained, I was very unsure because I wanted it to look elvish while beard are not supposed to exist on elves. It was tricky.
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cirdan's a special fellow! Even as Elves go! :) Anyway, he does look very much Elvish; you did an awesome job of it. :D
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avi17 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
I like this, it's a lot like how I imagined him. :D
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really ? cool, as I said in the comment I was worried about the whole beard thing because everyone has his own idea of how it should look like.
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AWickedShade Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cirdan the shipwright is a character with extreme importance especially in silmarilion and it is very depressing that there are so few pictures of him :(
This, certainly is a very good picture of him so thank you for giving Cirdan more attention and love :D
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree it's depressing and weird at same time ...he's very important ! I'm glad you think I did it well, let's say it's my tribute for his awesomness !
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SeekHim Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
There are not many good pictures of Cirdan out there. This is definitely one of them! :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha he's such an overlooked character ! thanks very much
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SeekHim Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
All of us struggling artists/writers need feedback
so I try to give it as much as possible.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, i'm glad you think so, we're all struggling
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Lord-Radian Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cirdan such a nice character not mentioned often but his role is wow so inportant .
Your picture matches my fantasy very good.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed, it's incredible to see how much important he is in the background. I'm glad my idea of the character fits well with yours
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dubatuluk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
:love: I :heart: Cirdan. :D Not sure WHY I fell in love with his character but I did. Excellent rendition of him! And I love how the background is glowing.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love him too, he's so awesome :heart: and I'm very happy you like the way I imagined him...I'm actually planning to put him in another drawing, I still need to think about a cool scene :)
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Iyadaethras Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh I really love that. I really like how he looks like a builder with the apron and tool in the pocket. Very nice detail. It's always weird to see elves with beards to me but I think you pulled his off ;)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ! the weird aspect of elvish beards worried me a lot, I feared it would look unnatural...moreover, the people known as having a big beard are more likely the wizards so I could not make my elf look too much like Gandalf nor like a man...complicated task
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Tomwaitsdk Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ne te serais-tu pas inspirée du visage de Pascal Greggory? :p
Superbes couleurs!:love:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
siiiiiiii !! :heart: je suis raide dingue de Pascal Greggory ! mon idooole je l'adore presque autant que Denis Podalydès !
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Tomwaitsdk Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
je me disais bien héhé!
J'adore Denis Podalydès, incroyable comédien.:meow:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rhoooo je suis tellement heureuse de trouver quelqu'un qui ne dise pas "Denis qui ?" ou mieux "c'est pas un nom que t'as inventé ?" .... je l'aaaaiiiime :heart: que ce soit théâtre ou film.
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! He looks almost exactly as I'd imagined hhim! :D a terrific job!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really ? cool ! thanks very much ^^ I feared I was the only one who imagined him this way
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I thought so too :XD: but I love the way you did the beard! I thought it would be quite hard getting a beard to work on an elf, but it is perfect! ^^
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Laleanen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I'm so happy to see some fanart of Cirdan! I think he's an awesome character, and too often looked over. Thank you for drawing him!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well,; I'm very happy to have someone who appreciate it ! I'm the one who thanks you
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Mellime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! Very nice interpretation of one of Tolkien's lost characters (the poor forgotten ones). Bravo! :clap:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much ^^ I'm glad you like this interpretation :heart: lost character deserve attention and love haha
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Círdan, why do you have a beard?"

Again that annoying question. He counted to ten inwardly before replying.

"Because I'm old."

"But you are an elf. Elves don't have beards."

"Old elves have."

"So why there are no other old elves?"

"I am the oldest."

"But how long do you have the beard already? Nobody is as old as you have been when you began to grow it?"

"It seems so."

"I heard Galadriel is very old to..."

"Galadriel is a woman."

"Ah, that would explain it... But still there must be some other old elves..."

"They shave."
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Mellime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh lord, Tolkien contradicted himself. I think you're just being nice... elves really don't have beards. but then again how is it that bombadil controls the ring in his piece of land? and do balrogs have wings? that's just one more paradox =D
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
In such a big and complicated world, created over decads, I don't wonder such contradiction remained in the "final version". But I like to discover theories explaing them. I have one about Tom, too ;) I'm planning to write a story with him :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha !! that explains everything !! muahahahahahahaha !! xD (wouhou, I'll ask Celeborn about how he shaves !)
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