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All the others, gone by Gold-Seven All the others, gone by Gold-Seven
Six hundred years ago, Finarfin watched his five children, granddaughter, two brothers, nine nephews*, and niece leave the Blessed Realm to wage war on a dark God in Beleriand.

Now, six hundred years later, he finally enters Beleriand at the head of an Elven army to finally overthrow Morgoth... and finds that the only one left of those above is his daughter Galadriel.

A missing scene I never even realised was there. I found it last week and it was staggering.

From J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

:iconcoffeeplz: Painted with coffee on Hahnemühle Torchon paper. Tutorial's here:

Note #1: I realised later that there's a chance that, due to Elven dying and being re-embodied in Valinor, there's actually a large chance that Finarfin has met all of his sons and granddaughter again even before this scene takes place... but it will still be over six thousand years before Galadriel finally returns home over the sea... :(

*Note #2: I realise that two of his nephews are still alive - and what an irony that Morgoth wiped out the entire house of Finwë, all except the ones who had sworn eternal hatred towards Morgoth, and who died by the hands of Elves or their own...

Note #3: Oh my God. Front page, and so many comments. :wow: Please forgive me if I don't manage to reply too soon! For questions regarding subject matter, printers and such, could I be so bold as to direct you to my FAQ on my blog? Thank you!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This one painting sums up the heartbreak of the elves more than any other.
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Tilliraen Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014
Granddaughter and niece who leave the Blessed Realm?  Celebrian was born in Lothlorien. And daughter of Fingolfin Aredhel leave. So, what granddaughter?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Finduilas; depending on what version you follow. And maybe slightly less confrontational, the next time?
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Tilliraen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Many thank for answer! I am sorry, that it seemed to you rude and confrontational. (english isn`t my first language, so I am really, really sorry, if it was confrontational). I`ve seen this beatifull work back in time when you just upload it. And later I really can`t find who is his nice, cause they all left Aman.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I'm sorry. It's all right. It's just that I get loads of rude people just shouting, "This is wrong!" and leaving again these days... 

Five children who left Aman - Finrod, Angrod, Aegnor, Orodreth, Galadriel; granddaughter - Finduilas; brothers - Fingolfin and Feanor; nine nephews - Fingon, Turgon, Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod, Amras; niece - Aredhel. I apparently left out the next generation of nephews' children, with Idril and Celebrimbor.
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Tilliraen Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014
That`s ok. I can understand. There always be people, who don`t like anything.
By the way, it only Finduials who  gave me a problem, since I remember that she were born at Beleriand.  
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Was she? I don't think it's ever mentioned, and since the Eldar usually don't marry and have children in times of war, I assumed she was born in Aman.
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Tilliraen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Finrod mentioned, that Orodreth was more brave that the others, cause he married and had a children. (Finduilas) And he do all this while wagin war, and live in border fort. I can`t remeber were I read this, probably in Appendix or The History of Middle-Eath, not the main book.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting, thanks. 
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Ponythekidrs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty! :O
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PintoNess Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in /awe/... and having seen the process in the tutorial only made my awe even more intense. Wow.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
 It has struck me, on further reflection, that depending on which interpretation of Professor Tolkien's Mythic Cycle you adhere to your comment that only the Lady Galadriel, Maglor and Maedhros remained of the House of Finwe in Middle-Earth is not ENTIRELY accurate; in fact Finarfin himself might well be only moments away from meeting a young kinsman of his whom I believe to have been BORN in Middle-Earth (a small gain against terrible losses) - Gil-Galad, last High King of the Noldor in Exile and depending upon which version of his parentage you believe, either the grandson, great-grandson or great-nephew of Finarfin.

 For the record I'm inclined to view Gil-Galad as an heir to the House of Finarfin (probably fathered by Orodreth) who was adopted by Fingon as a foster-son in the same way that Elu Thingol took Turin for his own (thereby uniting the claims of Fingolfin and Finarfin in one person, as well as removing the lad from the reach of two angry, as well as very treacherous Sons of Feanor): I also see him as living proof of Tolkien's maxim that even when Mighty Sires "fail of their promise, they seldom fail of their seed" not least because he and Elendil, through the Last Alliance and their own self-sacrifice in combat with Sauron, achieve all that the Heroes of the First Age failed to - to wit throw down a Dark Lord amidst the wreck of all his works, coming far closer to destroying the reigning Dark Lord than even Mighty Fingolfin ever did (albeit helped immeasurably by the fact that Sauron was never QUITE the equal of Morgoth).

 I admit that I may have put an excessive amount of thought into this, because Elendil the Tall and Gil-Galad are two of my favourite Tolkien characters whose tale was never told in full, because quite frankly they are amongst the very few who between them managed to equal Huan, the Hound of Valinor (by virtue of tearing first Sauron's servants and then The Dark Lord himself to pieces!).


 Out of curiosity Ms. Dolfen, have you ever given any thought to how you see Gil-Galad? (I acknowledge that he's a somewhat obscure character, but I'm rather fond of him not least because that very obscurity allows one a certain degree of freedom when interpreting him - I see him as wearing the golden hair of Finarfin's house in the braids of Fingon the Valiant, which basically sums up my mental image of him as one in whom the noblest traits of the heirs of Finwe have, perhaps in lesser degree but in distilled form!). 
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, leaving Gil-Galad out of my equation is easily explained - his parentage is s fuzzy in Tolkien's writings that my head hurts when I think about him, and I didn't count him in because he may have been born in Beleriand, and Finarfin never knew him. 

My last Gil-Galad piece was actually exactly twenty years ago. Sometime in the spring/summer of 1994. ;)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
 Goodness me, he truly IS an obscurity in Professor Tolkien's mythic cycle! (might I be so bold as to ask if this piece was a portrait or was he included as part of an ensemble?).

 In all honesty my fondness for the character was precipitated by a reading of those portions of 'The Fall of Gil-Galad' declaimed in 'The Fellowship of the Ring' (which I reproduce here) because the sheer elegiac quality of it has fired my curiosity regarding the last High King in Exile in much the same way that 'Akallabeth' fired my fondness for Elendil the Tall (it really does help put The Last Alliance in perspective as something of an untold epic in it's own right!).

 I hope that you will not mind and shall ask your forgiveness should you object.    

 Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing;
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.



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ArVaWe Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!! This is amazing!! I was searching for tutorials and came across your coffee painting tutorial - such a terrific idea :). The results looks awesome! And your drawing is so beautiful <3.
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You are an incredibly gifted and inventive artist. Thank you so much for bringing the Silmarillion to life so beautifully.
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ssscartissue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the emotion behind it. The Silmarillion. The whole legend is fantastic. Great style captured here.
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impactbooks Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this image and the the tutorial are both so great. You do a really good job of explaining your technique in the tutorial. I love that you used coffee as the paint! I've seen coffee used as a stain of course, but using it as the paint as well is amazing. It creates such a beautiful and elegant monochromatic look. I really am loving your style. 
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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DarkCynderAngel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I still can't believe this is actually coffee o___O y u so good?

Btw, also super-awesome lineart.

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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I have been thinking something about this. If this happened (which I think is very possible - how could Finarfin not use the chance to see her?) how much did he tell her about what has been going on meanwhile in Aman? I think then it would be very possible that by the time she sails back, she already knows that Finrod has been resurrected etc etc....

Same thing with Glorfindel. How much would he tell others about the news in Aman? Or the Noldor or Vanyar in the War of Wrath in that matter?
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Semuele Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
It must not have been easy for Finarfin to depart from his daughter again after that - but at least he can bring news to Eärwen that at least their daughter is alive and well.
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durinheir Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous :love:
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LastChanceToBreathe Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is breathtakingly beautiful! <3
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FantasiaVII Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is beautiful beyond words. (I'm crying, it's so sad...)
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melime6 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh God, this is coffee! It looks great - and must smell great, too.
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i-haz-a-doodle-plex Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful, and your tutorial is fantastic. Awesome! :D
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vkremennaya Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing! I've never heard of painting with coffee!!! :O
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Yishana8 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Oh - wow
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ChristieShadow Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I can't even begin to express the surge of emotions I got from this painting the first time I saw it, and it still gives me the chills. Galadriel's face is just so - perfect - I *feel* that mix of relief and pain that she must have felt at seeing her father and feeling *his* pain. The job you did on Finarfin's clothing and Galadriel's hair is nothing short of amazing is inspiring.
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NdrN Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Very beautiful!
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NualaGale Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece! You're right, it's a really good scene, and I never thought of it before either. Galadriel is my all-time favorite character in Tolkien, so I am thrilled. Great job!
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Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
(I'm impressed by all your explanations about how to paint with coffee!) That's so sad, poor Finwë's house and poor Galadriel (and Finarfin too, even if he can see all the others after some time) Very powerful picture!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I still think this is one of the most powerful paintings you have ever done.
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Jessica-Prando Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic!
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m1n0ru Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I really love this painting! To think that this was done with just coffee. AMAZING! :w00t!:
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Kallios Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I found this picture several months ago and never commented. Now, I'm BACK, and I'm here to tell you something:

you inspired me to read the Silmarillion. This one picture made me do it. Thank you. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I needed your help to pick the right choice.

*bows*
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - that's great to hear!
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Aamazing picture, full of emotion which perfectly captures the scene bewtween them. Very well done!
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Earyende Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
So so so *so* beautiful ! It must be my favourite Tolkien artwork ! :D The emotions are so well rendered...
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! This made me tear up. The Silmarillion is so beautiful, yet so tragic. I'm not sure whether elves are reborn in exactly the same way and how much memory they would retain, after all death is a pretty big deal, even for the immortal elves. (maybe like Battlestar Galactica?-Traumatic rebirth) Galadriel might actually be more affected, as she has been without her closest kin for the longest time!
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Its mention in one of the books ((not sure which I think lost tales)) that being reborn in Valinor is being born into new body in most cases, that until they reach the age of physical maturity 23-27 roughly they will have no memory of their past life. When they get closer to this age though they start to rememeber and eventually when mature they gain full memory of themselves.
Interesting stuff
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super! :) Thanks for telling me!!! :) For some reason I see it sort of like the Cylons in Galactica. Even when they do regenerate into a new body, there must be some memory of the trauma of death.
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
My pleasure, I think it is quite like the cylon regenerate, except in elves case it is more like a rebirth. Only when adults do they remember the details of their life and how they died, makes sense you wouldnt want a child remembering something like that. I think it is designed to allow them to move passed the trauma of death by going through peiceful childhodd again before remembering the full details of their life before the rebirth.
Of course there are two exceptions to this process, luthien tinuviel and glorfindel were both near immiedately reborn into their adult bodies not long after death. Wouldnt supprise me if this was the inspiration for cylon resurrection into new bodies :).
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting and comprehensive lore! I would definitely make sense.
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Razer-Athane Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Filmographer
This is beautiful.
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Khudozhnik-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I featured your coffee here > [link]
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Agent-Carolina Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, COFFEE? Genius. Absolute genius. This is amazing.
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