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Banished - the Sons of Feanor by aautio Banished - the Sons of Feanor by aautio
Banished – the Sons of Fëanor in Aman


“The seven sons of Fëanor were Maedhros the tall; Maglor the mighty singer, whose voice was heard far over land and sea; Celegorm the fair, and Caranthir the dark; Curufin the crafty, who inherited most his father's skill of hand; and the youngest Amrod and Amras, who were twin brothers, alike in mood an face.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 6: Of Eldamar and the Prices of the Eldalië



Well, here is yet another old drawing. I started it sometime in March 2006 and finished last October, I think. It was one of those drawings I tried to work on during my “artistic block” and it shows.. I’ve never been too thrilled about it. It took ridiculously long time to draw and it didn’t help that I had been terribly sloppy while sketching.. had to do several corrections in Photoshop. (Mainly repositioning their heads -- I must have had some idea that Fëanor was related to a giraffe or something judging by the length of the necks of his offspring in the pencil original..:XD:)

Anyway, this was done for a project and was my attempt to depict all the sons of Fëanor together. As the quote below would suggest, the moment I've chosen is when they hear the verdict banishing their father from Tirion. Each reacts a little differently to the words of Mandos and I wanted to show their personalities through those feelings. I don't know how well it worked, though.

I suppose it's pretty self-evident who is who for anyone familiar with the characters, but in case it isn’t, the order from left to right is: Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Maedhros, Maglor, Amras, Amrod.

As I said, I’m not very happy with the drawing, so this is definitely not my last take on these guys.. My original idea for this piece was to pair it with a kind of mirror image of them (the six surviving ones, that is) in Beleriand as “the Dispossessed”, but if I’ll get round doing that idea I’d probably end up drawing both halves again.


HB, 2B, 5B pencil + Photoshop, Wacom tablet.. lots and lots of coffee.

There's a coloured version here.


“But Fëanor was not held guiltless, for he it was that had broken the peace of Valinor and drawn his sword upon his kinsman; and Mandos said to him: ‘Thou speakest of thraldom. If thraldom it be, thou canst escape it: for Manwë is King of Arda, and not of Aman only. And this deed was unlawful, whether in Aman or not in Aman. Therefore this doom is now made: for twelve years thou shalt leave Tirion where this threat was uttered. In that time take counsel with thyself, and remember who and what thou art. But after that time this matter shall be set in peace and held redressed, if others will release thee.’

Then Fingolfin said: ‘I will release my brother.’ But Fëanor spoke no word in answer, standing silent before the Valar. Then he turned and left the council, and departed from Valmar.

With him into banishment went his seven sons, and northward in Valinor they made a strong place and treasury in the hills.”


-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 7: Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor
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Lailoken9 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Writer
I absolutely love this work. You've captured the personalities of each Feanorian in a single expression... and this is by far my favourite Caranthir! Exactly how I pictured him.
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Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
beatiful, my favorites (Maedhros and Maglor) love it!!!
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is really nice. I don't know why you don't like it. I love it!
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sillmarill Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
this is well made
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waveofsorrow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Oh my god! This is amazing! I especially love Celegorm, and Maglor...love it!!
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Tomaolykos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I am sorry, I forgot to rate your deviation.

BRILLIANT! Your drawing hability is amazing! I wouldn't do it better. I loved it so much that I defined the coloured version as the wallpaper of my XP area.
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Tomaolykos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Now I know that Amras has a darker hair. And I take this was before Maedhrod was imprisioned on the Thangorodrim, right?
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morcondil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
Nice work. :) When I tried to guess who was who, I switched Caranthir and Curufin, mainly based on the characteristics "dark" and "crafty". The character to the left has more of a craftsman-look, while your "Curufin" looks "dark"(as in sinister) and plotting. :) It's been a while since I read anything about Feänor & co, so I may have forgotten other characteristics of the two, but just thought I'd let you now. :)
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elegaer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
This is wonderful, of course :)

I really love Caranthir, and how he looks like his father. And I love Maglor as well, and the twins.
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thank you!

I'm glad you like it, but I'm really not very fond of this myself.. I think Caranthir and Amrod are the only ones who look halfway decent; everyone between them basically looks like I wanted them, but somehow I just don't like how they turned out. I worked on it quite a bit trying to improve it and Anushka gave me some suggestions, but still.. i'll have to do a better job when i'll draw them again.
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