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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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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? ;-}
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Some "great white seabird" - that's all the description there is.
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99Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Earendil is my (second) favorite Tolkien character.

11/10
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Limadunia Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your work, they are al beautiful!
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Liudochka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on winning a Tolkien Society Award! 
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Jerylian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Just read you won a Tolkien Society Award for this one. Congrats :D
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alekgorn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His bow was made of dragon horn
his arrows shorn of ebony

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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.
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guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist
He kinda looks like Benedict Cumberbacht
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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!
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