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The Oath of Feanor by Gold-Seven The Oath of Feanor by Gold-Seven
"Then Fanor swore a terrible oath. His seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not; and Manw they named in witness, and Varda, and the hallowed mountain of Taniquetil, vowing to pursue with vengeance and hatred to the ends of the World Vala, Demon, Elf or Man as yet unborn, or any creature, great or small, good or evil, that time should bring forth unto the end of days, whoso should hold or take or keep a Silmaril from their possession.

Thus spoke Maedhros and Maglor and Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir, Amrod and Amras, princes of the Noldor; and many quailed to hear the dread words. For so sworn, good or evil, an oath may not be broken, and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor


:deviation: Print available here! [link]

left to right: Amrod and Amras (they're hard to tell apart in this light), Fanor, Curufin (always the first to obey his father), Maglor (not really conviced but caught up in the moment), Maedhros (taking charge of keeping his brothers in line while Atar is busy), Caranthir, Celegorm.


Watercolour and gouache.

Blog entries:
early stages [link] (Including a 1995 version of this... with Maedhros in mint-green tights)
painting steps [link]
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DrKnowles Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the perspective (looking up at their faces) in this one. Also I love the red tint. It makes me think of blood, both in the sense of their family ties as brothers, and also of all the bloodshed that will come of this oath!
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:iconspikedpsycho:
The Lightning Rod Appreciation Club.
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:iconfermin-tenava:
I re-read the Silmarillion right now, and now I found this awesome illustration.
I like that you can actually tell them apart since there are so many of them, and I also love the dynamic this moment has - all of them draw their swords, and there is no doubt that they will fall into Feanors words in the heat of the moment.
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:iconaratafinwe:
Celegorm so handsome I love him
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:icongoodoldbaz:
GoodOldBaz Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is... amazing!
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meimei808 Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for illustrating these insane scenes.
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Bil0vd May 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very cool pic !! (Oh gosh, I still hate Feanor....)
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:iconlothiriel1:
There is nothing words can express when I see this. I love Tolkien, I love the Silmarillion, I absolutely adore Feanor and his sons. That was one of the moments in the Silmarillion what gave me goosebumps. And you have caputred this scene so... simply lost for words. Blessed be your artistic skills.
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Gold-Seven May 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! ^^
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Demara Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is lovely as always, so in this particular one, I gotta say I love the design of their tunics! Is it inspired from something?
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