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noldolante by katya-h noldolante by katya-h
My first Silmarillion picture. Rejoice! I cannot BELIEVE I did that water. it looks so.. so.. EXCELLENT. I'm very proud of it.

"Thus at last the Teleri were overcome, and a great part of their mariners that dwelt in AqualondŽ were wickedly slain. For the Noldor were become fierce and desperate, and the Teleri had less strength, and were armed with for the most part but with slender bows. Then the Noldor drew away their white ships and manned their oars best they might, and rowed them north along the coast..... Of the Kinslaying at AqualondŽ more is told in that lament which is named NoldolantŽ, the fall of the Noldor, that Maglor made ere he was lost."

"The Noldor came at last far into the north of Arda; and they saw the first teeth of the ice that floated in the sea, and knew that they were drawing nigh to the Helcaraxe."
- JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 9, Of the Flight of the Noldor.

We'll leave you with those two quotes to explain - for this is not nessarily written into the book. FŽanor burned the ships at the Firth of Drengist, so as no one would go back for Fingolfin(the elf at the head of the second ship), who he eventually left behind in Araman, the wasteland of the north. But another reason he could not keep the ships, says I, was because they were so stained with blood that would never wash out, and they would serve ere the end as a reminder of the treachery of the Noldor and the Curse of FŽanor. And here in the picture, FŽanor is desperately eager to land.. or maybe he's pissed because his hated half-brother Fingolfin's ship is sailing farther ahead. Now a cold wind blows from the Helcaraxe, welcoming them to their curse. (this is me being dramatic :) )

Ok, so mostly people who have read the book will totally understand.. but.. if you haven't... don't fret, just enjoy my painting skills? *laughs* I painted this in a matter of three days - a RECORD for me. Here you see FŽanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Fingolfin, Turgon, Fingon, and others who you cannot see so easily.
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
This is a beautiful picture! Well done!
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The blood makes it very eerie... and the ships are great.
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The blood makes it very eerie... and the ships are great.
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Anwel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Like a glimpse from the horror and beauty of the moment.
Congratulations!
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The-Devi-stator Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Well done! I especially like the blood stains running from the eyes of the swan heads - as if the ships themselves are crying.
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Ailin1252 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never seen the swan ships of the Teleri painted before and I love your version :clap: They're really very beautiful! Amazing water and scene, too.
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keyworkkid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
This is a very sad part of the book. I wish fingolfin had stood up to feanor and left him on his own.
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ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how it looks like the swans are weeping tears of blood. And yes the water is very impressive!
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Sakura-Tsukikage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Wow. Amazing. Great job. This is a very affecting piece, and I love the feeling of grandeur of it. Excellent work!
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Bellmoore Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
I've read the book several times and loved it! This picture is simply :wow:, damn good work.
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