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A Tapestry of Sorrows by Gold-Seven A Tapestry of Sorrows by Gold-Seven
Míriel Serindë, wife of High King Finwë and mother of Fëanor. After giving birth to her son, she was so exhausted that she wished to die, and was the first of the Elves in the Blessed Realm to do so.

When Finwë wished to marry again after a while, his wish was granted under one condition only: As dead Elves can return to their lives and their bodies after a time, Míriel had to declare she would never return to life. Finwë then married Indis of the Vanyar, mother of Fingolfin and Finarfin, thus leading to the breach between the houses of Fëanor and his half-brothers.

Míriel, however, after she had remained in the Halls of Mandos for a while, began to yearn for her body and the needlework she had loved while she was alive. So she was granted leave to join the household of Vairë the Weaver, where she sits still, weaving the History of her People into tapestries...

And a sad History it is.

I spent longer on this pic than on any other, I think--I started over completely after the first two days, and now I'm glad I did.

The three scenes depicted here are: Fë anor slain by Gothmog the Balrog, Maedhros, rescued from his torment upon Thangorodrim by Fingon, and in front, Celegorm and Curufin in the Kinslaying in Doriath.

Sorry for the long description. :) Full view strongly recommended!

Watercolour, Photoshop and a hurting wrist! ;)
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HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, that's deep!Danisnotonfire: FEELS Pikachu Crying Plz 
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I knit what I see.
Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Poor Miriel, it is not a happy tapestry that she is weaving...The actions of her own family, so tragically torn. I feel pity for her.

It remember me a fiction I red with a Fate (Lachésis) who was sad of embroidering tragic events. I tried to translate an extract, it looks something like this:
"Day after day, I draw the wire [Clotho] is holding, and wraps it around my spindle. Spindles so beautiful in appearance, but whose tip flays my hands palm. [...] I wish I might burst my eyes with the tip of the spindle."

These are the sentences that came to my mind when I saw your picture ;)
autumnhearth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
One of my longtime favorites, so very lovely and full of emotion!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Another one in line for a re-do... ;)
zevranarainai1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I love your art,and I love how you give your thoughts on it and why you made it. I have always loved to read what the artist thought of as he or she made their art, but sadly hardy any do in this site. But your art is wonderful and the meaning grows when I read your inspiration for it
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, I love talking about my art. :giggle:
Rildheldiel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thank you for this work (and all of your works, actually!)... Miriel and the Tapestry of Time are very essential figures for the fan-fiction elf I am creating.
Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Truly lovely. You're an incredible artist. Sigh... At least now I have something to aspire to....
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I linked to your piece here -> [link]
Have a nice day! :wave:
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