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Olorin

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'Wisest of the Maiar was Olórin. He too dwelt in Lórien, but his ways took him often to the house of Nienna, and of her he learned pity and patience.

Of Melian much is told in the Quenta Silmarillion. But of Olórin that tale does not speak; for though he loved the Elves, he walked among them unseen, or in form as one of them, and they did not know whence came the fair visions or the promptings of wisdom that he put into their hearts. In later days he was the friend of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and took pity on their sorrows; and those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness.'

JRR Tolkien: The SilmarillionVALAQUENTA: Account of the Valar and Maiar according to the lore of the Eldar 



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Painted in watercolour.

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:| (Blank Stare) he looks evil. 
peet's avatar
You're the first to say that *shrug*
and some people have perspectives others don't. Still, that is how he looks to me. 
peet's avatar
Indeed and fair enough.
Toraach's avatar
"Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten" I like this phrase. 

I like this picture, a good idea how Olorin might be in the Undying Lands, and how diffrent he was than Gandalf later. And his face half hidden in shadows, this makes him more mysterious, which is pretty obvious to what he really were, and how he seemed to be for the people of Middle Earth. 
peet's avatar
Sincere apologies for the late reply (god it's almost been a year :wow:)!

I admit it was fun to speculate what he may have looked like, as it really is open to interpretation. I quite like how he turned out; I think it's in the right ballpark (for my imagination), but whether it speaks for others is not for me to say! Thanks for commenting as always :)
Toraach's avatar
I like more Gandalf the Grey than Gandalf the White. The Grey was more down to earth, closer to common people. 
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Ffey's avatar
i like that there is the dissolving/missing/hidden half of his face, it is like saying: you can look at my face, but i am much more, you can never know me entirely
peet's avatar
Thank you! Yes, I made a deliberately ambiguous portrait, partly for the reason you give, but partly also because I myself do not know Olorin entirely - and more specifically, I do not know quite how I envisage him ;)
MatejCadil's avatar
Beautiful portrait of Olórin, very similar to how I imagine him (though that is quite vague). I like the blue dream-like colour scheme and the background (gardens of Lórien?). And of course his face – I can see Gandalf in him, but at the same time the way part of his face is hidden makes him much more mysterious, hinting the deeper nature of this Maia than just the good old wizard.
peet's avatar
Very glad you like this! It's an honour for you to say it's similar to your imagination, though I totally understand the vagueness, which is why I left certain aspects to the portrait ambiguous, ethereal and indeed dream-like as you put it. Yes, he's in Lórien - the perfect setting to get away with the above-cited! 
Gandalf's such an interesting character when you think about it. I wonder if he knew from the Music that he would have a big part to play in the History of Arda, and was afraid of it (all the more reason for his importance)?
MatejCadil's avatar
It is interesting to think about Galdalf this way, as a Maia Olórin. I think it is quite possible that he knew something from the Music about the big part he would play and given his wisdom and humility it is understandable that he was afraid of it. Indeed he turned out to be certainly the single most important Maia to play any direct role (on the good side) in Middle-earth at lest since the War of Wrath.
Another interesting question I have been thinking about: What did Gandalf look like after he returned to Aman. I like to imagine that he didn't simply shed his Istar form to assume some fair young elf-like appearance again, but that his body in which he toiled so much in Middle-earth and was instrumental in the defeat of Sauron was very honoured and he chose to retain it (after all, Galdalf the White seemed already glorified compared to the old Gandalf and seeing him for the first time was like a foretaste of something from the Blessed Realm).
Matakoura's avatar
Amazing detail and fantastic, subtle shading. Beautifully done!
peet's avatar
Thanks a lot! This evolved out of testing some new paper, so that accounts at least in part for the subtle and slightly ambiguous aspects :)
Matakoura's avatar
You're welcome! :D
AloiInTheSky's avatar
SUch an interesting painting. I love the wisdom that emanates from him. That touch of eternity. Looks really great ^^
peet's avatar
Kind words indeed! Particularly the 'touch of eternity'; that's really important for the Ainur I feel, but not easy! Thank you.
ReDragoNatalia's avatar
Nice art work :).
I like intensive blue color :) 
peet's avatar
Thanks a lot - this I suppose is a kind of turquoise, but yes I wanted to give it a dreamy, ethereal quality, and I think this was an effective way of achieving that :nod:
ReDragoNatalia's avatar
In the foreground is the blue color and most conspicuous. You are welcome ^^
peet's avatar
Yep, that's the more Cobalt Blue there :D!
MarysMirages's avatar
Gorgeous drowing! Very wellHeart 
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