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Sealing Maedhros' Fate by Gold-Seven Sealing Maedhros' Fate by Gold-Seven
Another of those "missing moments" in the Silmarillion. After Maedhros has been captured by Morgoth, his brothers debate on their options. From left to right: Caranthir, Curufin, Maglor, Celegorm, Amras.

(Text below is mine. Stylistically as close to Tolkien as I can make it. )

Amras: "But surely we will consider these terms? If our brother is given back to us, can we not then resume the war?"

Celegorm: "Morgoth will never return Maedhros to us, whatever we may do. And let us not forget that we have but Morgoth’s word in this. It is well possible that Maedhros is long slain, while he would still use him against us."

Caranthir: "Shall the sons of Fëanor then be remembered for sitting idle, and neither trying to avenge their father nor to free their brother?"

Curufin: "Have these past dealings with Morgoth taught you naught? Our father was slain because we took too lightly the strength of Angband. Our brother was taken because we took too lightly the cunning of our Enemy. Nothing can we do, but learn from our folly."

Amras: "Maglor, thou hast not spoken. What sayest thou?"

Maglor: "My heart is with Amras, and with Caranthir. And yet, I know to be true what Curufin and Celegorm have said. In Hithlum we will remain, and regain our strength, and not yield to the terms of Morgoth.

And my heart prays that this also is true – that Maedhros is indeed dead."

Characters are from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
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Pencil and white gouache on pastel paper.
For the creation process, there's a walkthrough here on my blog: [link]
For the thoughts that went into the image, including a lot of Silmarillion ramblings (and why Amrod isn't there), see this blog entry: [link]
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empressofmelnibone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Would you ever consider doing something similiar
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empressofmelnibone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
to the above for the forgotten realms universe? Particularly Lolth and Vhaeraun's history.
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empressofmelnibone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Perfection, absolute perfection.
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TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Way to capture the style of speech used by the Tolkiens!  The decision that Maglor made is a hard one, and that last sentence was so full of... I'd call it a dark hope.  A hope for the least evil outcome, but one still miserable.  Very well done.  I hope to capture some of this style as my writing develops.

Not to mention your amazing artwork! Bravissima!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
"And my heart prays that this also is true – that Maedhros is indeed dead."

...This last sentence...I can't express myself (it's very frustrating) but I'm very affected by it. It's so sad. Your narrative is very well writtent and love the picture, especially Maglor. They are so expressive!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think that was the only way how Maglor could have been able to bear it, not trying to rescue Maedhros.
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x-VivaerethAlonia-x Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I saw this picture, and gasped with utter amazement for two reasons.

First, because of the awesome raw talent that shows through in your work. This is brilliant. I love how you've designed five completely different looking, yet share a familial resemblance, and even designed separate costumes for them, et cetera, et cetera.

For the second reason, my eye stalled on Maglor in the middle as I got super excited. Honestly, he looks exactly (where's italics when I need them? "Exactly" should be italicized...) the way I pictured my OC Vivaereth. I love this piece so much!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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x-VivaerethAlonia-x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
You are very welcome.
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