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The Rescue of Maedhros

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'Now, even as Fingon bent his bow, there flew down from the high airs Thorondor, King of Eagles, mightiest of all birds that have ever been, whose outstretched wings spanned thirty fathoms; and staying Fingon's hand he took him up, and bore him to the face of the rock where Maedhros hung. But Fingon could not release the hell-wrought bond upon his wrist, nor sever it, nor draw it from the stone. Again therefore in his pain Maedhros begged that he would slay him; but Fingon cut off his hand above the wrist, and Thorondor bore them back to Mithrim.' 

JRR Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 13: Of the Return of the Noldor

Painted in watercolour.


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Annathelle26's avatar
I adore this! So atmospheric and vivid. And I find the color palette to be extremely fitting for this scene and scenery! :clap:
peet's avatar
Thanks a lot! I've been pleasantly surprised by the reception of this one, as it was rather a quick and abstract piece for me :)
not really a whole lot to look at it so its not much of a pic to me. :| (Blank Stare) 
peet's avatar
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Nislande's avatar
Remarkable simplicity! I was watching the Hobbit appendices last night and immediately recognized your work, you must be very proud! Your work is so inspiring!
peet's avatar
Ah, thanks a lot, very kind of you. I haven't seen those actually - do you remember what section(s) you found any of my work(s) in?
Nislande's avatar
I'm sure it was your works - there's so much in the appendices i can't remember exactly where they were but they popped up a few times 
peet's avatar
No worries - yes I painted some pieces specifically for Warner Bros for the box sets. They used one for a 'making of' documentary on Desolation of Smaug too :)
Evil-Shieldmaiden's avatar
I love the minimalist quality to what was a pivotal point in the history of the Elves.
peet's avatar
Thanks a lot! Minimalism can be very rewarding sometimes, and it certainly was here! Glad you like, and you're right that this was indeed pivotal! Merry Christmas!
Rearda's avatar
Knowing what the piece depicts, I can interpret the abstract into the story.  For me, the blood-red mist signifies the price of Maedhros's release from the dark, misted mountains.  It works really well; you just know there is a greater menace abroad.
peet's avatar
I love that you get all poetic with my works sometimes - it really feels like I'm doing something right! Yes, this scene has been depicted more or less close up by many, many artists. So I basically wanted to do something completely different, once I applied the water and started to think this was what I wanted to illustrate. It turned out alright in the end :) Merry Christmas!
RiEile's avatar
This is how I'd envisioned it. It is almost abstract and yet one gets the story behind. Great job!
peet's avatar
Thanks a lot :) Yeah I went for abstract, especially because I threw lots of water and paint on from the start and only decided on the scene as I did so ...
RiEile's avatar
Wow! How may sheets of paper do you ruin before you get a cool scene this way?
peet's avatar
Surprisingly not many, as I don't often do this. However, many a painstaking, laborious work has been lost due to ruining it some way or other, which is far more painful ... ;)
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Much obliged :D
NeoNative's avatar
Hi Peet! This is lovely! You've really captured that mysterious and spooky feeling. Great work!
peet's avatar
Nice to see you backs and thanks as ever for the warm comment. Always a pleasure :D
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Thanks and you're welcome! :D (Big Grin) 
ThaliaTook's avatar
I love your moody landscapes.
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