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The Ruin of Feanor's House by Gold-Seven The Ruin of Feanor's House by Gold-Seven
This picture, from the last chapter of the Silmarillion, was inspired by a wonderful fanfiction by Ithilwen [link] .

Maedhros and Maglor, after stealing the Silmaril, have just realized that they no longer have a right to them, and they burned their hands. Maglor cast his into the sea; Maedhros chose to end his own life by casting himself into a fiery chasm. Maedhros's fea (spirit) lingers with his brother before passing on to the Halls of Mandos.

"Father! Are you at last proud of me? For I, who so disappointed you during your life, I who seemingly lacked all of your gifts, am now in the end your perfect Heir. For I too have lead my family to their deaths and my people into disaster, scorning the counsel of those wiser than myself. I too have corrupted my talents, using them to slay my kin, and have warped my fëa into a thing of darkness. And now, like you, I am a spirit of fire, a living flame, consumed by blazing agony. All that remains is to die as you did, casting myself into the Darkness, for I cannot endure the pain of this burning."

(Ithilwen, The Heir of Feanor)
Click here for all her Silmarillion-based stories: [link]
CAUTION: Some mild slash (mostly implied)

Watercolour and Photoshop.
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Elenwe12 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I love the way your drawing stuck to the extract you gave! I think the first sentences can apply to Malgor as well as Maedhros. It is so sad, it makes me want to cry. :(
Maedhros is already dead but the picture is full of his presence, not only because of the fea but also thanks to the burning atmosphere. It accords very well with the despair of Maglor and the blood on his hand (I'm studying Mabeth so I can't keep myself from drawing a parallel^^)
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I illustrated that exact passage, that's why. ;)
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This is an awesome picture! Well done!
ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You just wanted to paint a nekkid Maedhros, didn't you? ;)
CuthalionSilver79 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I sometimes wonder whatever happened to Maglor in the end ... and Maedhros' death was SO NOT NICE! But Tolkien wrote it in such a way, it caused me to wipe a tear and flash back all that had happened before ....
A wonderful picture .... it reminds me so much!
Great job! ;)
Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sniff... Those two... I'm going to cry now... Tolkien was such an incredible writer...
klester1987 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Maglor always was my favorite Silmarillion character, his fate was so sad.
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
You've managed to convey Maglor's suffering really well here. His fate was really awful. I don't know why he didn't kill himself in his distress - it's obvious there was nothing left for him. He /could/ have gone to Elrond, but he didn't do that, strangely O_o I think you made Maedhros too slender here, but I can still almost feel his presence off the page.

Great job, as usual :clap:
dirznafein Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I like the take on Maedhros' spirit, finally releasing him from his pain and agony. I was always partial to his character and never felt he really deserved his fate...
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's hard to tell whether he deserved it. There were others who probably deserved it more - although Maedhros's "body count" must have been considerably above Feanor's, in the end, although he wasn't the originator. But if Maedhros's story has anything to teach, then it is that life isn't fair...
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