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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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Libra1010 Apr 11, 2014  New member
 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 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 Apr 12, 2014  New member
 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 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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:iconscreaminglightning07:
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 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 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 Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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DarkCynderAngel 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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:iconelaini-the-mystic:
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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