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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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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006   Digital Artist
Good point about the blood on the ships, I have never though of it. [The real blood stains would be smaller, but that's just a detail ;) ]

Very good illustration, I like that the ships are really huge, with such ships thousands of elves might have migrated from Aman. The colors and uneasy water give more tention to it. Little intriguing ;) Feanorlooks great, impatient to reach the land. Haughty and fragile the same time. I guess other are Maedhros and Maglor? Good job! :thumbsup:
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vieny Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005   Writer
This is an amazing picture! I love the detail in the sea (you should be proud!) but also the detail on the ships.
A small nitpick is that the blood seems very randomly added to the picture but the actual detail and drawing is very good nevertheless.
: )
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dwilliams Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
Yes, those waves are really crystalline. :3 Very cool. I imagine if you did make a fantasy movie of this, it would have water that glistened like so.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
I have read it (repeatedly!) and worship the book, and really like your rendering of the swan-prowed ships of the Noldor. This is really nice, though at first I didn't see that it was blood on the ships, I thought it was just a cool effect you added in watercolour. Don't change it though, it works without being gory.
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visualerror Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
I wrote my undergrad dissertation on the Silmarillion! More the creation myth aspects of the piece, but even so, I think picked up quite a bit from the painting... The waves are very nicely done indeed - the blood as well on the ships, though at first I thought it should be bolder, stronger, really really appeals to my eye now, especially the natural way it has been splashed on the canvas, yet at the same time it matching the contours of the ships very well. Lovely.
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dreasama Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
This is light to me eyes.... :heart:
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Anwa Featured By Owner May 28, 2004
Wow... I love it. All of that is truly beautiful. :jawdrop: I love this part in the Silm. (because I love FŽanor and his sons), and this is portraited beautifully.
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Doegred Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
I rather imagined that FŽanor&Co alone were on the ships - and thus were able to leave Fingolfin&Co behind -, and that the other just walked. But I'm not really sure, so...

Apart from that detail...amazing. The waters, the ice, the sky...the swan-ships, the blood... Simply wonderful.
(wipes drool)
...there must be more more pictures like that...
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eruanna Featured By Owner May 8, 2004
ah yes.... this I think is one of the most tragic scenes in the book.... The Kin Slaying, the first spilling of elf blood by elf... And then the burning of the ships... those ships were to the Teleri what the Silmarils where to the Noldor... aaah so sad. This picture is so very well done..... Great job ^_^
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Firespirits-Gal Featured By Owner May 7, 2004
:jawdrop: My LORD... this is so dramatic! If this is your first, you definitely have a head start! *continues to stare at it in awe*
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babybamf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2004
It is beautiful. I just want to fall asleep and dream about the journies of Middle Earth! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!!
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azrasdemons Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004
Congrats on water well done! I've always found it impossible to paint. Plus just a wonderful painting overall. =D
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aslah Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2004
that's so like tolkien's watercolour of...that mountain (can't remember the name ^_^) Beautiful!
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DeannaEchanique Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2004  Professional General Artist
that is some damn nice waters. On another note, i couldn't read the Silmarillion. XD
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Tsubasa-No-Kami Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
amazing!!! wonderful watercolor!!!!! such skill! the waves are amzing as ate the boats and the slpashes of blood! :+fav:
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candiice Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004   Interface Designer
So beautiful :aww:
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kitsune-mana Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
the water is so.... *.* *drool* great lighting on the waves too
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mangacat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004
Watecolors, kitteh? Oh, lol, several people have already observed/asked that. Lol, I'll really have to try and read the book again sometime. Maybe the LotR series too, since it's getting fuzzy. The smoke and the water and the night sky are... =D striking! Especially against the white of the ships.

You = fucking amazing >
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ShadowofRavens Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004  Hobbyist
Holy Crap kitteh burd. This is amazing. I love the water. Is this watercolors? I love. Me fav. :+favlove: I love love love it! ::squidgies::
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herrfluffbutt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004
Wow, all I can say is just, wow. That's so amazing!
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emera Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004   Traditional Artist
PS I love how the swan-ships look as if they are crying blood.
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emera Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004   Traditional Artist
Amazing. o.o I really can't think of anything else to say... therefore I shall just fave it. XD
Gah, some of the best Silmarillion art I've seen in a long time now.
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HeatherD Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004
Is the red supposed to be blood?
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HeatherD Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2004
Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! It was on the front page when I logged in. What medium did you use?
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