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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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talullahred Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Writer
Gorgeous artwork and such a great interpretation, full of lovely detail and expressiveness. 
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist
Hey...how much would an image like this cost? How long would it take to complete?
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist
How much would you charge for an image like this? How long would it take to complete?
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skjaldulfr Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I'm surprised that Elves put Elf children to die of exposure. That's strange.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Well, they're Tolkien elves.
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2015
What other kind of elves do you know who may have higher ethics?
Certainly not those of D&D nor those of Shakespeare, nor those of your European lore at least.

I mean, those of Tolkien were actually minding the Axani , namely the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th which amount to "never impose one’s will on the Free Will of another" and even the Valar strictly minded this rule. More than a religion, beyond faith, the axani seemed to be a social norm for all Calaquendi, the rest of the Sindar and many Silvan living among them which is to say, most of the elves of both Aman and Middle-Earth. 

Anything like that can hardly be said of other "elves" I know of... So then again, the only other fictional 
"elves" are I know are those of Shakespearean inspiration like Amalur, or from D&D derivative universes like the Lancedragon, Forgotten Realms (ah Drizzt Do'Urden~♥), ElderScrolls, WoW, etc. 

But if I would love to be wrong here.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
You're probably not. 
While the Axani would guide the acts of (almost) all the Calaquendi, it always seems some of them are proud enough to not respect it, like Feanor, or some of his sons. 
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Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I love the composition of this one, it illustrates so well this moment, so sad. The opposition between the two boys and the Fëanorians, and Maedhros in the middle. This story is very sad, indeed.
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point-of-grace-22 Featured By Owner 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 =)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
His arm guard has a leather strap at the elbow, to prevent it from falling off. :D
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point-of-grace-22 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
consider my curiosity satisfied =)
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Arlothia Featured By Owner 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!
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uBeatrixedMe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome Boarder set up.
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CJodei Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I love the story of Elured and Elurin, short as it is.
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Celethiel-Gadbeyl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Writer
I always found that to be very sad...
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MirraDevore Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
my lovely Maitimo...
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MajaEL95 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
how have I missed this? O.o it's amazing, I simply love it!
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Miskatonika Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...didn't think it was possible but your art is becoming even more beautiful and detailed!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the tunics.... love all of your stuff but especially loving the armor and tunic in this one ;)
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Aredhel-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Just perfect.
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WARORK Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Not sure who I feel worse for; Maedhros who is denied his attempts at doing the right thing, or the twins who have to endure so much horror and abandonment at such a young age.

A very well coordinated piece; I'm always struck by the mosaic like quality of some of these paintings that tell parts of a stroy that aren't just happening at the center of the picture. Not to mention the lighting effect from the lamp is rather lovely, as are all the other details. You never fail to impress :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm planning to work on this some more... wish me luck. ;)
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AuctrixMundi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Eine der, wie ich finde, beeindruckensten Stellen im Silmarillion, weil sie sehr schön Maedhros' ambivalenten Charakter zeigt (einmal durch und durch Feanors Sohn und dann auch wieder der Sohn Nerdanels mit einer gemäßigteren Gemütsart). Wieder mal eine tolle Dartstellung eines ebenso tollen Charakters! Und außerdem sind die Kleinen echt putzig :D
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eat-ride-listen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured [link] This is amazing, great detail :)
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o0MaYa0o Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing pencilwork, so precise and delicate :)
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Anduinel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Interesting layout...on the viewer's left, violence: the maimed arm and the Kinslaying. On the right, redemption: a literal light in the dark and an attempted (if ultimately fruitless) rescue. Very nice way to present the dichotomy inherent in Maedhros, the oath that keeps pushing him toward darkness and the conscience that he can never assuage.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks, Suzene. Come to think of it, the direction of viewing ought to have been the other way round - from light to darkness ... :(
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Anduinel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
At this point in the tale, he's trying to come out of the dark of his own making, so I think it's fitting as depicted. Like Zuko, Maedhros just kind of sucks at staying on the path of light. ;)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Though the spiral is very firmly downward bound for him, and rapidly. And he probably knew it. :(
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, it's Feature time! [link] :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're always always welcome :hug:
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Kaguya-Prinzessin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Diese Vorstellung bricht einem wirklich das Herz, aber in sich sehr schlüssig und überzeugend.
Über Deine Fähigkeiten mit dem Pinsel brauch man ja nichts mehr zu sagen :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Der Pinsel hatte hier ne sehr untergeordnete Rolle. :giggle:

Danke!
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KittySib Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Wow!:D
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Nika-N Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
This is so heartbreaking, great work!
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Inspiring!!!
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Beautiful drawing! Lots of imagination and your gallery too is awesome!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
It's beautiful. And an interesting take on the story.
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arkkmelai Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional
so amezing! you are relly soooo good!)))
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The idea of the boys *hiding* from Maedhros makes this moment even more heartbreaking than it already was. :tears:

Love love *love* the composition of this picture! All your pics done in "panels" like this have a special beauty. And one of the things I love most here, is your interpretation of the Lamp of Feanor. From its written description, I couldn't create a believable image of it in my head; but your version is great!!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
haha, I'd even forgotten the description of Feanorean lamps. Where was it?
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it talks about them in the Unfinished Tales. It says that these lamps emitted a blue light from a flame which was inside a white crystal. And these crystals hung in a "fine chain net".
Well, when I saw your lamp here, this "fine chain net" immediately came to mind. And your lamp is also shaped as a crystal, so as to contain the actual crystal, inside the net. That's why I found it very much suitable:)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't remember that line consciously (I last read the Unfinished Tales in 1994!) But it may be one thing that stuck in my mind and passed beyond conscious memory of the text.
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holysunlight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True. :tears:
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DARKastheRAIN Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
"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."

Yeah, I've totally wondered about the same thing, whether he couldn't find them because they hid from him when they heard him coming.
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Rouan26 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Beautiful, gorgeous colours and the details are AMAZING!!!
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Wonderful, wonderful and once again wonderful. I love the toned colours and the mood in this piece, very fitting
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Hemhet Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Herzzerreißend schön. Es scheint, als ob die Äste Maedhros zu fassen versuchen. ( Wenige verbliebene magische Kraft Melians in den Wäldern?) Habe ich gut gesehen, dass Maedhros sein Schwert nicht trägt?
Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass Elured und Elurín hörte ihn. (Als die sterbenden Celegorm sah die Flucht Elwings: In die Halle lief ein kleines Mädchen hinein. Sie hielt fest eine kleine handgeschnitzte Dose in seiner Hand. Sie gibte einen erschrockenen Blick auf liegende Celegorm. Celegorm fand irgendwo bekannt die glänzenden Augen, aber er konnte sich nicht erinnern woher.. Der Blutlache wuchst auf dem Boden ...)
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