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A Hunting Party of Princes by aautio A Hunting Party of Princes by aautio
A Hunting Party of Princes

“When three hundred years and more were gone since the Noldor came to
Beleriand, in the days of the Long Peace, Finrod Felagund lord of
Nargothrond journeyed east of Sirion and went hunting with Maglor and
Maedhros, sons of Fëanor.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, Chapter 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West

It’s an important political occasion when three Princes of the Noldor meet, even more so as it was the King of West Beleriand visiting the King of East Beleriand. Such an important “state visit” would call for a feast as well as other types of recreation.. the natural choice being hunting, since it seemed to be the favourite pastime of the Noldorin lords. The hunt would likely go on for days.

I chose to depict only the three Princes, even though both Maedhros and Maglor undoubtedly had many lords from their household to join them, as well as a whole pack of hunting hounds. I assume Finrod was journeying alone, as he was wont to do on occasion. (That would also make it more logical for him to just wander off alone later like he did..)

Finrod Felagund was definitely the greatest diplomat among the exiled Noldor. He maintained friendly relations and kept contact with all the other lords as well as the Sindar, Falathrim, Laegrim, Dwarves and Men, and was generally liked and respected by everyone. He was also driven by wanderlust and thirst for knowledge.. the desire to see new places, and to learn and understand new things. None among the exiles were as learned and widely-travelled as him. Quite an efficient fellow, he was..

Maedhros and Maglor were the more decent sort among the sons of Fëanor, most of whom were tetchy bastards like their father.. These two took more after their mother, apparently, Maedhros being somewhat more diplomatic and emollient and Maglor more calm and compassionate than most of their brothers.

They’re equipped for hunting different kinds of game, carrying spears for wild boar and bows for hunting deer.. and there’re two slightly different kinds of dogs, the one beside Maedhros is more of a wolfhound and the more slender and longer-legged one at Maglor’s side is bred for chasing elks and such. The swords are carried “just in case” since they also kept watch for Morgoth’s creatures. Maedhros carries a horn, since he’s the master of the hunt.

The tone is somewhat lighter than in most of my illustrations so far.. (they’re even smiling! :O_o: ) This is the time of the Long peace, when things were still quite well.. and despite the way it might seem, I don’t deliberately draw exclusively sad scenes (only the book doesn’t have many other kinds.. :roll:).

The idea for this drawing struck me sometime in August as I was leafing through the Silmarillion and the excerpt above caught my eye (probably because it’s the beginning of a chapter). The whole scene just flashed before my eyes and I had to grab a pencil immediately.. Unfortunately, the only paper I had at hand was of very poor quality, but I like the result even if the original is a little smudgy. Also the perspective is slightly off at places, but on the whole I’m quite happy with it.

This was again largely an exercise in drawing horses.. I recently bought a book about drawing animal anatomy and it helped me in the finishing.. although I must add that I was rather proud of myself when I dug up the book and noticed that I only needed to make some very minor corrections to my sketch.. apparently I’ve learned something! :D I also wanted to try a little softer shading with less crosshatching, and I think it looks quite ok.

HB pencil + the usual Photoshop parchment treatment.
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Denwolf1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Excellent work.
heartofoshun Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Not only do I like the drawing very much, but I like your interpretation. Look forward to seeing more work in the future. (My favorites, of course, are the Lords of the Noldor.)
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Best of the princes here, in my opinion. Well done.
aticus3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Do you know what the barbairens used for hunting dogs
myaru Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I really love this. You captured the moment perfectly.
herr-garrett Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Tetchy bastards indeed they were. :D

This is an excellent picture, I'm glad to have stumbled across it.

Your description of Felagund almost sounds like... "To seek out new life, new civilisations. To boldly go where no Elf hath gone before" :D

The only issue: why bring swords onto a hunt? :D
maddyyMorphine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Aww I like it :D
LordofNightsShadows Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmmm.....i could take them, if i wanted to.
FoxMaq Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the bow mount.
You will be doing a detailed view of it?
Murrauddin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
A whole scene, with so many interesting details (regarding both the "way of life" and the personalities of these princes), behind one sentence. I believe that it is possible to make such drawings because the Silmarillion is more like old epics and chronicles than any other book, and everybody can use his own imagination reading it and representing any episodes out of it...

The ones I like the best in this picture are the elder sons of Feanor:smiling (at last), looking so lively, and even their dogs seem to be merry! And the horses are true to life, too!
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