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Idril's Forebonding by aautio Idril's Forebonding by aautio
Idril's Forebonding


“Then the days of Gondolin were yet full of joy and peace. (...) But Idril Celebrindal was wise and far-seeing, and her heart misgave her, and forebonding crept upon her spirit as a cloud.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 23: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin


“Know then that Idril had a great power of piercing with her thought the darkness of the hearts of Elves and Men, and the glooms of the future thereto – further even than is the common power of the kindreds of the Eldalië.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Fall of Gondolin (HoME II)


“Wise-hearted even beyond the measure of the daughters of [Elvenessë] was the daughter of the king, and she spoke ever for Tuor, though it did not avail, and her heart was heavy. Very fair and tall was she, well nigh of warrior's stature, and her hair was a fountain of gold. Idril was she named, and called Celebrindal, Silver-foot, for the whiteness of her foot; and she walked and danced ever unshod in the white ways and green lawns of Gondolin.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Quenta (II), §16 (HoME IV)



This is the only drawing I’ve actually managed to draw this summer! It’s not very detailed since it was a fast one and quite small too; drawn in a A5 Moleskine notebook (the yellowish paper colour of which is a pain to get rid of after scanning without losing detail, incidentally) while I was attending a conference in Glasgow in the end of June. The subject is nothing new, though. I’ve had the idea for this drawing for the longest time but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in bringing it to paper; I’ve made plenty of sketches and a couple of attempts that I ended scrapping. This time around I guess the cramped paper space helped me with the composition. :)

HB pencil, Photoshop.
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auronlu Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work. I really appreciate that you included her braided hair; it's a detail I just noticed on my last readthrough of BOLT2.
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SheenaUrbi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
It's lovely.
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undiscoveredcountry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
very powerful line-work. Simplicity is sometimes the most powerful way to draw ...
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ginny-black Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
i love this story!
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BishiKisses Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
crisp shading and amazing flow! :worship:
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fabylikesrocknroll Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Beautiful :+fav:
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Very beautiful.
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Linnath Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Idril has always been one of my favorites . . . . . I don't suppose that you have done a depiction of Eol?
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Beautiful, especially the architecture! :)
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Elearinounette Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Student Filmographer
Wow ! Beautiful ! :P

I like your drawing very much ! :)
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Breogan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice rendition of Idril Celebrindal and of Gondolin (well, judging by the little bit you can see of the city ;)) although there is something wrong with her right hand, the angle and the size are not completely right.


By the way... forebonding?
I guess you mean "foreboding", right? ;)
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sun-stone Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist
Beautiful. Such a sense of waiting. :+fav:
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envinyatare Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
She looks gorgeous! I like your style, keep it up!
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Thanks! :D
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Senekha Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Idril looks absolutely gorgeous, and you've done a marvelous job of Gondolin! The perspective just gets the imagination going, and I can almost smell the mountain air :)

:heart:
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thank you! :hug: For the first time I'm quite happy with Idril's looks. Gondolin turned out quite.. huge - but then agin, I think it was! :D
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
So that's "not very detailled"… *laughs*
I still love your portrayals of Idril, maybe because it fits my own imagination of her… *coughs*
And Gondolin looks wonderful as well! Lovely work as always.
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Nice to hear you like it! :) Thanks a lot!
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Idril-Celebrindal Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Wondeful!!!!!
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aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thanks! :)
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lost-mae Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
beautiful piece! and all done on A5?! mate, that's incredible :XD:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
:) Thanks! I find I'm better with drawing diminutive pictures than large ones, actually..
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lost-mae Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
damn... you're my hero then ><!
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Tingilinde Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, it's sad... but absolutely beautiful, i love Idril :) Details are great!
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Thank you very much! :)
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