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Maedhros searching for the sons of Dior by Gold-Seven Maedhros searching for the sons of Dior by Gold-Seven
"They came at unawares in the middle of winter, and fought with Dior in the Thousand Caves; and so befell the second slaying of Elf by Elf. There fell Celegorm by Dior's hand, and there fell Curufin, and dark Caranthir; but Dior was slain also, and Nimloth his wife, and the cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought long for them in the woods of Doriath; but his search was unavailing, and of the fate of Elured and Elurin no tale tells."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion: The Ruin of Doriath

Pencil and watercolour wash.

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Yet another commission for the ever-wonderful ~flyingfish98. This interpretation was heavily influenced by a conversation with ~suzene from a few years ago, in which she brought up an idea that I'd never thought about and that completely broke my heart - that the boys heard Maedhros calling for them but still hid from him, more afraid of the one who had slaughtered their parents than they were of the dangers of the forest.
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I'm surprised that Elves put Elf children to die of exposure. That's strange.
Well, they're Tolkien elves.
I love the composition of this one, it illustrates so well this moment, so sad. The opposition between the two boys and the FŽanorians, and Maedhros in the middle. This story is very sad, indeed.
point-of-grace-22 Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your portrayal of all of Tolkien's characters! The one thing that's been bugging me is Maedhros' arm guard on his handless arm. How the heck does it stay on? Traditionally an arm guard is tightened around the forearm, but without a widening of the wrist to help keep it on, the guard is in danger of slipping, or even falling off.
Eh. whatever-your art is still awesome =)
Gold-Seven Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
His arm guard has a leather strap at the elbow, to prevent it from falling off. :D
point-of-grace-22 Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
consider my curiosity satisfied =)
Arlothia Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh! I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Maedhros! Such a tragic character! Beautiful job, as usual!
uBeatrixedMe Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome Boarder set up.
CJodei Jan 7, 2013
I love the story of Elured and Elurin, short as it is.
I always found that to be very sad...
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