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Fingolfin challenges Morgoth

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'Now news came to Hithlum that Dorthonion was lost and the sons of Finarfin overthrown, and that the sons of Fëanor were driven from their lands. Then Fingolfin beheld (as it seemed to him) the utter ruin of the Noldor, and the defeat beyond redress of all their houses; and filled with wrath and despair he mounted upon Rochallor his great horse and rode forth alone, and none might restrain him. He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Oromë himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar.
Thus he came alone to Angband's gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat. And Morgoth came. That was the last time in those wars that he passed the doors of his stronghold, and it is said that he took not the challenge willingly; for though his might was greatest of all things in this world, alone of the Valar he knew fear. But he could not now deny the challenge before the face of his captains; for the rocks rang with the shrill music of Fingolfin's horn, and his voice came keen and clear down into the depths of Angband; and Fingolfin named Morgoth craven, and lord of slaves.'

J.R.R Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

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Painted in watercolour.


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Libra1010's avatar
 I really love the armour and trappings in this portrait; it also amuses me to try working out what "MORGOTH you back-stabbing, smoke-sucking, spider-smooching pussycat with delusions of grandeur stop lurking and fight like a KING" sounds like in the Elvish tongue ...
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Haha, probably extremely beautiful! "Like wiping your ass with silk" as the Merovingian puts it in another context. Thanks for the kind words Libra, you are a connoisseur of Tolkien's work so it's nice to hear them from you :nod:
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 Thank You for the compliment, my dear artist!:) (Smile) 
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The time it probably took to complete such a detailed work must have taken forever- I love your art!! *O*
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Thank you so much! I worked on this one on and off for many months, as at the time (c. 2010) I wasn't really actively showcasing my work, and was studying and doing many other things instead. Sometimes works turn out better this way, with less pressure on them :)
SnowInHades's avatar
Your art is fantastic.
DisplacedPunch's avatar
very good illustrations you have, superb!
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Apologies for my tardiness, I'm very grateful for your words :)
Joshuagoymer's avatar
Wow this is astonishing!
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Much obliged, sir :)
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You are more than welcome, very talented! 
AlystraeaArt's avatar
That armor!! Wow!! Love how you draw horses, especially - both Fingolfin and Rochallor look great!
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Many thanks :) I wanted to make Rochallor look like a great steed, as per Tolkien's words ;)
SueMArt's avatar
Great work Pete, reminds me of a painting by Alan Lee. Clap 
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Yep, mentioned in an earlier comment 'The Proud one of the Clearing' :) Thanks!
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Oh was it :) (Smile) Pleasure Heart 
peet's avatar
Yeh it was, but of course I don't expect you to read through my old comments :lol:
A-NonnyMouseFangirl's avatar
This is impressive~ Great shading, and I'm impressed that it was painted (more so because painting is difficult and I suck at it xD) 
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