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.. Ive never been too thrilled about it. It took ridiculously long time to draw and it didnt 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..
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 isnt, the order from left to right is: Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Maedhros, Maglor, Amras, Amrod.
As I said, Im 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 Ill get round doing that idea Id 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