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Fingon's Decision by Gold-Seven Fingon's Decision by Gold-Seven
"Long before, in the bliss of Valinor, before Melkor was unchained, or lies came between them, Fingon had been close in friendship with Maedhros; and though he knew not yet that Maedhros had not forgotten him at the burning of the ships, the thought of their ancient friendship stung his heart. Therefore he dared a deed which is justly renowned among the feats of the princes of the Noldor: alone, and without the counsel of any, he set forth in search of Maedhros.
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion: "Of the Return of the Noldor"


This one's been keeping me busy for a while, but it was so worth it! A commission for the wonderful :iconflyingfish98: (thank you again!), and an excuse to do an illustration in this style again. Again, heavily inspired by Alan Lee's Mabinogion illustrations.

Detail shots on my blog! [link]

Watercolour, Pencil. The celtic knotwork designs were taken (some modified by me) from royalty-free designs.
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:iconautumnhearth:
Love love love the Losgar and Helcaxe scenes at the sides and the little orcses cowering underneath and his hair! I don't know which artist(s) decided that braids, especially with golden bits running through them should be the standard for Fingon but bless them it's basically cannon now! And bless you for this depiction!
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Gold-Seven Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The artist was Tolkien. :) In one of his later writings, published as the History of Middle-earth, he wrote that Fingon "wore his dark hair in great plaits braided with gold". (And I hated that passage when I first read it!)
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:iconautumnhearth:
Excellent, thank you! I need to re-read/finish reading the Histories of Middle Earth.
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:iconemeraldkeefe:
This is an awesome picture! Well done!
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:iconwerecat-princess:
I absolutely love your Fingon's hair. And everything else, but especially his hair.
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:iconleahliam:
Your work is gorgeous.
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:icondarkastherain:
What we need published is the Silmarillion illustrated by Jenny Dolfen. Ted Nasmith and Alan Lee do beautiful landscapes, but I've never been much into their people. You, on the other hand, are an amazing character artist.
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Gold-Seven Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I've always felt the same about the official Tolkien artists, but I do respect the reasoning behind their depictions: They don't want to prescribe the viewer how to see certain characters, focusing on landscapes and keeping characters faint, small, and generic. But as I'm someone who's always been fascinated by Tolkien's characters far more than his locations, in my own art, that has never bothered me. :)
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:iconcelticlonging:
Love the braids! They look so realistic.
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Lawenta Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What I like the most here is the left side drawing. Maedhros's expression could be translated as "This hurts... but I must not falter." That tense hand being a detail that adds a lot to that expression.
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