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Beleg Strongbow by aautio Beleg Strongbow by aautio
Beleg Cúthalion

“One only was there in war greater,
more high in honour in the hearts of the Elves
than Túrin son of Húrin, tower of Hithlum,
even the hunter Beleg of the hidden people,
whose father was the forest and the fells his home;
to bend whose bow, Belthronding named,
that the black yewtree once bore of yore,
had none the might; unmatched in knowledge
of the woods’ secrets and the weary hills.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lay of the Children of Húrin

The second drawing I managed to finish this week. Beleg is one of my favourite elves. I've shown him here as one of the greatest trackers that ever lived. He's tracking the orcs that captured his friend Túrin, perhaps. I have no idea what he thinks to decipher from those straws, but hey, he's the great tracker, not me! :D I ended up drawing Anglachel the same as with the Túrin illustration (now in scraps: [link]) even if I swore it was not my final design.. oh well. Also Belthronding should probably look bigger and stronger, but I wanted the whole bow in and the edge of the paper was there, and.. :roll:

Anyway it's my view of Beleg.. in my mind he looks just like Legolas -- only bigger, meaner and stronger. :D After I had sketched this I had to do a Legolas sketch too.. just to make it clear to myself how exactly are they different. I don't know when I'll finish that one though. This is the usual deal: HB pencil and mech. pencil, printer paper and Photoshop colouring.

Now.. back to work. :bleh:
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ereniongilgalad Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  New member
Great art but he looks very skinny to me since being an Eldar you would already be strong and tall by nature but he was also directly described by man as someone of great bulk and girth:
In general the Sindar appear to have very closely resembled the Exiles, being dark-haired, strong and tall, but lithe." The History of Middle-earth, vol. XI, The War of the Jewels: "Quendi and Eldar,"
'' But in the dim dusk of a winter's day there appeared suddenly among them a man, as it seemed, of great bulk and girth, cloaked and hooded in white...''
LochNessieMonster Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best Belegs I've seen!! :+fav:
crowshead Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
absolute perfection my friend!
crowshead Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
piuke Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Really great! :)
Glorrosaelin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost exactly how I imagined him. :D Awesome details too.

It seems you and I both have the idea that Beleg is just "a bigger, meaner, and stronger" version of Legolas. :XD:
Selowyn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Beleg is my favorite character from "The Children of Hurin". Once again, it made me cry when he died. You did really well.
Ka-Chan91 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
I love all your drawings!
melime6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, about the poem... how do I find the entire lay of the children of hurin? I have the book 'the children of hurin' (and I looove it), but I wanted the poem. and the lay of leithian too.

anyway, about your drawing: it does look cool, but I still spot a few things that bother me...

1. his face is too... long... I can't explain it right, but it should be rounder.
2. his foot near the sword: it's way too big! just look at the other foot and you'll see...

Anyway, this is a good drawing... you've got technique... I love the work on his clothes and on his bow and sword...
he's supposed to live fighting in the woods, so his clothes are all stichted up together... that's really cool ^^

I'm drawing Beleg at the moment and wanted to see how other deviants see him! :hug:
Aranov Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous details. Beleg is one of my favorite characters. Alas, if only he had carried a pocketknife...
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