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Meeting of Feanor and Nerdadel by aautio Meeting of Feanor and Nerdadel by aautio
I REALLY wasn't supposed to have time for this right now, but it thought I'll finish up this sketch for JRRT's birthday (3rd January obviously I'm late! :XD:)..

I apologize to everyone for not commenting or replying too much lately, I'm too busy right now with RealLife and will be for a couple of weeks still -- I will get back to all those messages when things cool down, promise!


The First Meeting of Fanor and Nerdadel

"While still in his early youth Fanor wedded Nerdanel, a maiden of the Noldor; at which many wondered for she was not among the fairest of her people. But she was strong, and free of mind, and filled with the desire of knowledge. In her youth she loved to wander far from the dwellings of the Noldor, either beside the long shores of the Sea or in the hills; and thus she and Fanor had met and were companions in many journeys."

(J. R. R. Tolkien: The Later Quenta Silmarillion (II) 46c, Of Fanor and the Unchaining of Melkor, HoME 10: Morgoth's Ring)

The first meeting of Fanor and Nerdanel, two young travellers on a journey somewhere in Aman, sometime along the Noontide of Valinor..

Wacom tablet, about 7 hours.. still learning how to use the thing.

I've always found horses very difficult to draw and so I've avoided them usually. Now I thought I'd finally try and put the tips I got from ~vixentheangryfox (who has incredible talent for drawing horses! Thanks a lot for the advice! :)) to some use. I was lazy and didn't look for references so there are probably lots of mistakes.. The horse is kinda stick-legged and stiff and it still looks like a dog a bit (like my horses always do..:XD:). I've rarely even seen a live horse from close up so I don't know how their features and musculature are supposed to be.. and I've never ridden one, so I have absolutely no idea how all the equipment works or looks like it's a good thing Elves dont' use any of those, so I drew just a saddle and some decoration. :)

I'm sure there's a lot of people here who could help me out, though.. I know the problems with the elves' anatomy here, but any horse-related tips are very welcome!
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favourite Nerdanel renditions - Beautiful work!
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I love the horse, mine look so damn ugly when I try to draw them. XD
045-lucky Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I think the horse is good, and you might have heard this before, but if you make the ears slightly smaller and more leaf shaped then triangular and less furry too, it might help! apart from that I love the drawing.
Don't worry about the horse, you still draw then way better than I do!!! ( I hope the tip helps in future :) )
Feanor and Nerdanel :heart: *sigh*
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Fanor in love...

this is priceless ;)
Kaytara Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely drawing, but I just noticed the expression of the horse... He looks rather distinctly bored with it all. XD
Mrs-Haldir Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool :) One of those hidden stories The Silmarillion. I often wonder how a love formed between Fëanor and Nerdanel.
Marco112112 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
man i love middle earth, sometimes i think about god coming to jrr tolkien when he almost died in the war and told him of the after life ( middle earth) and so he started writing about it but want aloud to tell anyone! lol, awsome peice by the way!
Wicapi-wakan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
I absolutely love Tolkien's stress on Nerdadel not being "among the fairest of her people"- it's kind of a rare thing for him and his female characters.

And it adds to a complex, interesting relationship between her and Feanor. I think that even though they became estranged, they must have loved each other very much....

And this drawing is awesome and inspired all that rambling!
aautio Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
Thank you! :)

Yes, I think the story of Fanor and Nerdanel is intriguing.. Their relationship was definitely something special.. the fact they had as many as seven sons should be proof enough! But Fanor was always absolutely passionate about everything he set his mind on, wasn't he? ;)
silverandgold06 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
Very nice! It is too bad their story ended with shuch pain...

The horse isn't bad, but its anatomy is a bit off. The head and neck look good, but its chest is too broad for a horse that size and its front legs are bending a little oddly. I hope I don't sound like I am ripping the drawing appart, because I'm not...I've just worked with horses for over 10 years so I can pick this stuff up.

I do love your work! And the stuff on Last Alliance is also lovely.
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