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Noldolante by Gold-Seven Noldolante by Gold-Seven
"Of the Kinslaying at Alqualondė more is told in that lament which is named Noldolantė, the fall of the Noldor, that Maglor made ere he was lost..."

J. R. R. Tolkien. The Silmarillion

What is the greatest deed of heroism in the Silmarillion? Fingolfin fighting Morgoth? Finrod fighting the wolf with his bare hands in Tol-in-Gaurhoth? Glorfindel, Ecthelion, Fingon, Fėanor fighting Balrogs?

Or is it facing your own most terrible mistake and putting it into song for all the world to know?


Or, as a user put it on thetolkienforum.com: "So it remains lost to history... but you know those feelings you get when you read the Silmarillion? The sudden blow of sadness when Finrod dies? The indescribable elation when Turgon appears during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears? That's the folk memory of Noldolantė. Deep down inside, all Silmarillion fans know the song... The true beauty of the Silmarillion. "


Pencil shading and watercolour wash on watercolour paper. I could *not* get my scanner to reproduce this in any way that even half gave it justice, so I had to improvise. This version is pencil shading and watercolour texture put together in Photoshop.


Detail shots on my blog: [link]
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful! In combination with the quote you posted and your description about the great deeds of heroism it's a real heartbreaker and you managed to capture that feeling one gets from reading the Silmarillion just perfectly!

What I always wondered about Maglor is why he decided not to die and if he kept wandering along the shores so that he wouldn't have to face those again who he feels he can't possibly hope for forgiveness from after his re-embodiment.
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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
amazing work! *sigh* oh how I would like to hear it, and to learn to play it! :)
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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
do you take commissions? you are blessed by the valar for your drawing-skill! 0-0 !
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you! Yes, I do commissions - click here for info: [link]
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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
no problem! :)
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Lilliys Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wow, this is realy beautifull!!*-----*
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Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I just can't express myself! The quote you gave about Noldolantė is incredibly true and that exactly who I feel when I read the Silmarillion or when I see your drawings, especially this one. :sick: I am speechless.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know - it really struck me so much as well!
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in-longing-spirit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Your depiction of the Noldor is perfect, and these look like an elf could have drawn them.
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
*sigh* This is just such a beautiful picture. The contrast between Maglor in the song, right above Maglor the singer, is quite poignant. I'm just like MAEDHROS WHAT ARE YOU DOING :iconwhyyyyyplz:
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