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Earendil the Mariner by Gold-Seven Earendil the Mariner by Gold-Seven
"Hail Eärendil brightest of angels,
over Middle-earth sent unto Men!"

Eärendil the Mariner from Tolkien's Legendarium.

Media used: Schmincke tube watercolours for the first transparent layers; liquid watercolours from Rohrer&Klingner for the dark ones, and some white Ecoline Talens ink for some of the highlights and the clouds, all on Canson Montval paper.

Aaaah, the hair colour debate.
Eärendil's hair colour is not mentioned anywhere; he's the father of two dark-haired sons (Elros and Elrond) and the child of two golden-haired parents (Idril and Tuor) - I always imagined him blonde. Especially given that Tolkien was inspired to create him by a piece of Anglo-Saxon literature.

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Aylatha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great picture! I love how he holds Elwing, wrapped in that cloth - so sweet!
rhunel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   General Artist
Wow, that's great!! Please, what kind of bird is that?  It's not an albatross, is it? ;-}
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Some "great white seabird" - that's all the description there is.
99Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Earendil is my (second) favorite Tolkien character.

Limadunia Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your work, they are al beautiful!
Liudochka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on winning a Tolkien Society Award! 
Jerylian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Just read you won a Tolkien Society Award for this one. Congrats :D
alekgorn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His bow was made of dragon horn
his arrows shorn of ebony

mimoypogi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student
Almost reminiscent of the 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', with the Mariner and the Albatross hanging on this neck.
guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist
He kinda looks like Benedict Cumberbacht
Nerdanel14 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Actually, it is nowhere said what colour Elros' hair is. We know they were twins, but not necessarily identical twins. I always thought that, if they weren't identical, Elros would have golden hair. I definitely agree with you about Earendil's hair! This is a beautiful painting! 
I love your portrayal of both Earendil and Elwing!
YokoSC Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what culture are his clothes derived from?? 
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Probably less a culture than illustratory convention - they're inspired by the Edda illustrations of Franz Stassen, around 1900. 
konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful use of watercolour, and I especially like the design you gave his clothes, the almost Graeco-Roman feel is more fitting for the Silmarillion.
meimei808 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this goes to the favorites
BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very dramatic composition. Though it's a portrait, there's a great feeling of movement.
booh123ilovemanga Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you do the shadows with the watercolors. no wait how do you color the whole stuff?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Look here and see if any of it will help you :) [link]
1elf1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Beautiful!Is the bird in his arms Elwing? I've always thought she turned into a swan but you presented her as a...sea gull? It fits her all the same~And I was expected to see one of the Silmaril she was holding~
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
In the published Silmarillion, Ulmo "gave her the likeness of a great white bird". Where does it say she was a swan?

And even if it does - Eärendil holding a large gull and taking it to bed I can buy, but the mental image of Eärendil manhandling a swan somehow says "Christmas turkey" :D
Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful!! have you ever thought of drawing Cirdan?
Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love how he's cradling Elwing - very sweet and touching. Heres to Gil Estel, Star of Morning and Evening!
ElfFriend1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Eärendil is one of my favourites, and you've captured him beautifully.
lilitharam Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Beautiful work! I love to see Eärendil since he's not frequently depicted. I think you are absolutely right to make him blond. His parents were both blond and his grandmother Elenwë was also blond being a Vanyarian elf. Elrond and Elros, being of the "Line of Lúthien," who was dark haired, could easily have inherited their hair color from their mother's side of the family. Keep up the great work! <3
Faraleigh Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
There are so many wonderful parts of this! I think I like his right forearm most. The shading of his musculature is fantabulous! :blowkiss: You did a fantastic job on the wood and ropes. They’re very simplistic but they absolutely get the point the point across. I love the background. It’s so dynamic with the water at that angle! There are clearly rough seas to compete with but it doesn’t seem nearly as dangerous as what’s on Earendil’s mind.

What’s the story of the bird? Assuming it’s not too long to easily explain. :)

I think you made a fine call with the fair hair. I know nothing more than what you’ve explained here but it seems sound, even when considering Tolkien’s inspiration. It would be much easier for him to produce dark-haired children, especially if they were with a dark-haired woman, than himself be dark-haired.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The bird is his wife. :giggle: Turned into a bird by Ulmo, so she would not drown when she cast herself into the sea as the sons of Feanor assailed the Havens.
CinijaNicija Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Sorry, but even though it's just perfect, I can only see Ged. You know, Ged from the Ursula Le Guin's novels and the final scene from the first book of the series. I read it as an excerpt in my book for Polish language when I was 10-11 and was just stunned. This is like a beautoiful remembrance of this scene. In my eyes not Earendil, put exceptionally beautiful :-)
Finarfin24 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
great !
blueflamebluerose Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! also if he has lighthaired parents and darkharied chilldren then it likely that he is lighthaired and the children get their coloring from their mother because dark hair is domanate and light hair resesive.
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
Radiolaire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
As always gorgeous. The perspective and colours are spot on.
lele55 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013

I admire you for the perfection and the beauty of your works.
Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Well Elwing I believe had dark hair but she was turned into a bird, so there's no further record of description. For what it's worth, I always depicted him as a blonde too. :) I love your rendition though Elwing seems smaller than I picture.
Uneide Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
<3 <3 Makes my day instantly better. The golden hues, the hope and indomitable spirit... gorgeous. :)
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Your package arrived this week! Thank you so much! Timo can't wait now to learn more English, to read Geronimo Stilton. ;)

Uneide Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Oh my goodness, that took a while! O_o Really happy that it arrived though! :) Heheh happy to provide an excuse for learning more English - you should see Aiden's collection! I do believe that they are published in other languages too though, if you wanted to find some for him. ( [link] )They're a fun read! There is also a spinoff series with his cousin Thea. :)

Thank you for all your encouragement and strength, Jenny. Couldn't have done it without you!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: I'm so glad I helped!

And you're right, Geronimo Stilton is available in German! I'd never seen any books with him. I've just ordered one; Timo's going to love it! It seems the one you sent is not out in German yet, but I'm sure Timo won't mind.
Aihin13 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect.

This is spot-on exactly how I always imagined him.
Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks like the Ancient Mariner, with this bird :D
Wizcat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always imagined him as a blonde too, I like your interpretation of him!
amlugwen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
who is Eärendil? :D
such a beautiful beautiful picture!

love the angle of the ship, looks very windy *wheee* and how he cradles his Elwing-gull ^.^

... you know I never thought of him as being so pretty, but then, I never thought much of him at all
... just the guy who sailed away, leaving his family to face the inevitable - and then became a star... *flup* neither mariners nor stars have a face
so, thank you for giving him one, I think ;D
AQUARules Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
meimei808 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*melting away from trying to take all this beauty in*
Valcyr Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Outstanding, as always :)
Scilens Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Oh, huh, well, I always imagined him with dark hair. But you do have a good point there ; ) Either way, it's an amazing piece of art.
Serukis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo, I love the colours and lighting in this. :D I really must get around to reading the other Tolkien books, haha.
Kwenos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Yes! I have been waiting to see how you rendered them, and it's great, as expected.
keight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Beautiful, my dear.
MysteriousB Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting captures the story so beautifully, it makes me wanna cry. :happycry:
MoonlitViolins Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so pretty!
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