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Caragdur - The same fate

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This piece describes the moment in wich Eol the Dark Elf was executed by being thrown from the cliff of Caragdur. Eol cursing Maeglin because his son has turned his back leaving him to his fate.

"Then Eöl looked into the eyes of King Turgon, and he was not daunted, but stood long without word or
movement while a still silence fell upon the hall; and Aredhel was afraid, knowing that he was perilous. Suddenly, swift
as serpent, he seized a javelin that he held hid beneath his cloak and cast it at Maeglin, crying:
'The second choice I take and for my son also! You shall not hold what is mine!'
But Aredhel sprang before the dart, and it smote her in the shoulder; and Eöl was overborne by many and set in
bonds, and led away, while others tended Aredhel. But Maeglin looking upon his father was silent.
It was appointed that Eöl should be brought on the next day to the King's judgement; and Aredhel and Idril
moved Turgon to mercy. But in the evening Aredhel sickened, though the wound had seemed little, and she fell into the
darkness, and in the night she died; for the point of the Javelin was poisoned, though none knew it until too late.
Therefore when Eöl was brought before Turgon he found no mercy; and they led him forth to the Caragdûr, a
precipice of black rock upon the north side of the hill of Gondolin, there to cast him down from the sheer walls of the
city. And Maeglin stood by and said nothing; but at the last Eöl cried out: 'So you forsake your father and his kin, illgotten
son! Here shall you fail of all your hopes, and here may you yet die the same death as I."
 
Every charcaters and the story are by J.R.R. Tolkien The Silmarillion
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Shit happens, even in Gondolin. There was a dark side to the elves as with everything.

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Ivor-KovacHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice rendition.  It's interesting how the elves usually aren't villains, but when they are they're pretty bad.  There isn't much in the way of degrees with them.
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That's realky true!!
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Ivor-KovacHobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever tried to figure out what's in the rest of the Middle Earth/Arda beyond the map that usually appears in the front of the books?  I've been doing a lot of research trying to figure it out, and it seems pretty clear that Tolkien was inspired by medieval ideas about cosmology and myths about distant lands.  It's too bad he died before he could write more in his world.
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Yes, it's right... I think it would have been amazing to know more about his world...
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Ivor-KovacHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been trying to piece it together.  Have you read any of the non-cannon lore?  By that I mean stuff like the Lost Tales, War of Jewels, etc.

Right now I'm reading the Tolkien letters, and he said that he pictured the Numenorians as looking more like Egyptians in terms of how they dress.  I was a bit surprised by that, but it's one more thing the movies got wrong.
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Omg... No, I didn't picture Numenorean dressed like egyptians... 😄 but I saw some beauriful artwork about, by Turner Mohan...
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Ivor-KovacHobbyist Traditional Artist

Yea I have also seen his stuff. His designs are interesting, and definitely a reasonable extrapolation. I think if you don't read Tolkien's letters it will never occur to you that he had an Egyptian design in mind for them. Seems weird to me too since Egypt was never part of western civilization, but on the other hand it makes since because Numenor was in an area near the tropics.

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AnnEllspethRavenHobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, and I am wondering how it is I've not seen your work before. A fabulous and harrowing moment in Gondolin. Lots of applause!
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Thank you so much ❤️
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LygattStraussHobbyist Artist
When I see your drawing, that's exactly what I imagine when I read the Silmarillion.
Great job, It's good to see, your painting.
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❤️❤️❤️ thank you!!!! This is a great comment for me, it means a lot 😊
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yeah shortly after this dramatic and pivotal moment, the story of maeglin just goes downhill. But at this point he's not a lousy traitor yet. 
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❤️ Maeglin is a dark but also complicated character, not so easy to judge him! 
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See, I disagree. By the time he betrayed Gondolin, he knew what he was doing was wrong, and gave people death just for Idril. Not hard to judge his actions as evil by then. Before his treason, however, i did feel sorry for him. 
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That's right, but I see him as a child emotionally abused by his father. Eol hated the light, hated the world, hated the Noldor,  his soul was dark and evil, and he tried to bring the son in the same darkness. And he did. Idril was like a possibility for Maeglin, and when he lost her he lost everithing. However, I don't know if Maeglin had a chance to change his fate. Maybe not. 
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Emotional abuse or not, he made his own choices to do wrong in the end. He knew it was wrong. At some point, he has to be held accountable. He can't be the victim forever.
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😄😄😄 ok, you are right! He died in the end so justice was done!! ❤️
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But hey, I do want to get the point across that I love your art.
No matter if we have different opinions on anything, you have talent.
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❤️❤️❤️ different visions make the fantasy world so much better! Thank you!!! 😊🌈
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AdarionStudent General Artist
I haven't read the later parts of the Silmarillion as intense as the early parts (until Finwe was slain :p), but I still wonder what Eols motives were. It seems somewhat far-fetched that he's somehow just evil by nature. But then the Silmarillion leaves A LOT open to be guessed between the lines (why and how were Elwe and Finwe "great friends"?). Maybe in the depths of HoME there is a little hint? Or I just missed something.
Anyway, that's a somewhat grim but good illustration. A good illustration of a grim scene, maybe? :)
Much was written already by others, but I really like the landscape in the BG and that moth-wing style on Eol's gown. And the braided structure of the hair. And the details on the armours, that are hardly visible at this resolution. ;)
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Thank you Adarion for your comments!! I'm glad you like my works! Hug 
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Amazing artwork indeed, congratulations! Clap 
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Thanks so much ^.^ Heart 
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