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Morgoth and Fingolfin 2 by aautio Morgoth and Fingolfin 2 by aautio
The Duel of Morgoth and Fingolfin

ĒThen Morgoth hurled aloft Grond, the Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and Grond rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under a dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of Angband fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the Northlands.Ē

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

This is the second incarnation of this Silmarillion illustration.. sepia tone with a brown paper background done in Photoshop (Thank you for the idea and help, Ana! :heart:). For the description I'll quote myself below:


One of the most memorable moments from the Silmarillion and one of my favourites, even if reading it always makes me sad..

While making these Tolkien illustrations I donít want to see any references but rather delve into my mind and try to find my own view.. still, itís plain to see Iím heavily influenced by everything Iíve seen before.. In particular, I remember having a Tolkien calendar illustrated by Ted Naismith (or something like that) a long time ago (mightíve been the calendar of the centenary year of í92, but canít remberber for certain. Thereís this image of Fingolfinís challenge and Morgoth is wearing a shirt thatís made of something that lookes like black dragonscales. I havenít seen the pic in years, and I didnít want to look it up now.. but thatís something that my mind goes back to every time I think of this scene.

So I think my Morgoth owes a lot to that painting. I wanted to draw his face, because I think just a helmet or something would be too anonymous and could not really contain the true evil he characterises. I picture him as a kind of a giant vampire lord with both elven and orcish features. His equipment I wanted to make fitting for his self-proclaimed status as the King of the World Ė finely decorated but looking kind of evil.. like I really wanted Grond to look like something thatís bound to hurt if you get in itís path! :mwahaha:

Fingolfin wears what I imagine elven armour looked like: light, intricate plate over a fine scale mail haubergon.

B/W version here: [link]

EDIT: Better scan, new paper background
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slonche Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Good job mate! Two things I really like about your rendition:

I - You gave Morgoth somewhat brutish, savage features. His face and arms look rough, the open mouth makes him look all too human. His physicality is much closer to that of a laborer weary and diminished.

II - Morgoth's eyes and the light of the silmarils resemble each other. A single source of light, very thoughtful and artistic concept. 

That is how I see the drawing. Well done!

P.S. The Fall of Fingolfin is one of my favorite stories as well.
TheDalesShallRise Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Writer
Wow. Nuff said.
Andre-Parker Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Great work!
MarcioBarboza Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
awesome work!
LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that your Morgoth doesn't look like a giant version of Sauron from the movies. Great work!!!
Anarko95 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent :)
wildfox76 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Very well done!
jupiter01 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very epic.
nigellus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student
Did you do this for a Book or something?
GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
One of the best I've seen. Ringil is especially good!

If there had been another Fingolfin- say, his twin brother- that would have been the end of Morgoth!

But didn't Fingolfin give Morgoth EIGHT wounds, if you count that last one as he was dying?
WordSmith7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Excellent job capturing so much motion!
ZeroMKII Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Ailin1252 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow - amazing drawing! I always found this scene so sad to read. You did a great job :worship: I'm really frightened of Grond, I love Fingolfin's sword and the Silmaril in Morgoth's crown are stunning :clap: And the details and movements and... :XD: I could go on like that.
bishoujo-chan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
That is actually really quite scary...I LOVE IT! :heart:
MrMahoo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Really awesome! :+fav:!
Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing !!!
Selowyn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
You did a great job. This scene makes me cry every time I read it.
DRS2406 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
There you got me.I read the Silmarillion and thouhgt that I HAD to draw something referring to it(especially teased by the golden dragon whose name I just forgot),but I never had the idea to check dA for it.
I should´ve known there would be so much about it!
And this work one of the best I´ve seen so far.It´s very inspiring and motivating to me ,so thank you for this!

Although I think it´s a bit unrealistic..the pic would be plain white if capturing the Silmaril realistic,wouldn´t it;)
keyworkkid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Hey, i love this picture. I'm extremely new to the books. I haven't even read them yet, i've just been on wikipedia for the last week reading everything i can about the series. I've sat on my computer through class just reading and not taking any notes.
Sweet pic.
Skaldarian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
This is just epicly amazing. i loved the book and you did an awesome job depicting this particular scene. Dont think anyone could of pulled off a better job.
artemisa-69 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
WOW :jawsdrop:
This is a wonderful drawing, of a scene that made me cry the first time I read it...
Awesome work..!
Nahar-Doa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student Interface Designer
thats the one of my fav. this is the best drowing from the other your drawings ı guess.
LadyElfie2000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's interesting that you took the approach of giving Morgoth a face. Tolkien is generally very vague on how his bad guys look, I think because the unknown is a little more frightening. So more often than not, we have no idea what Sauron, or Morgoth really look like. Mayhaps this is even still only one form of Morgoth, as the Valor had often taken many forms, and different names.
nitehood Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Holy smokes!
Yup, that was an epic battle!
Terrific drawing!
Holybeepshesaguy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
It's the best duel of Morgoth and Fingolfin I've seen yet, but I have one problem with it. In the Silmarillion Morgoth only has two silmarils on his crown.
fabylikesrocknroll Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Wow...really impressive!!! :+fav:
concho Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
i like this moment too, my favorite also:D
i have one critics to this picture, i think morgoth was cladded in full plate, i dont think his face was to be seen, but nevertheless, great work . :+fav:
BigGrabowski Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
excellent detail and shading... very impressive!
ColonelFitz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
That was a great scene, and you did a great job! I like the sepia, it gives it a sort of old parchment effect. And, I'm featuring it here in my journal [link]
AlexNS Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Excelent picture,im Tolkien fan since early 90's (movie h8er) i seen your work before i came on Dev.Keep on good work
Levkin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008   Digital Artist
When time stands still on the iron hill...

:wow: astonishing drawing!
January85 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Damn. Melkor is badass! :D
Otacon-2 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Awwwwwwwwwwesooooome man!!
Chaosty Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
wow awesome sry don´t know what to say i like the size of the 2 enemies ^^ hehe

i wish i can draw like that^^:nod:
Frostbiteaxe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Great job however, from a glance , i almost can't see Fingolfin.By the way Morgoth looks awesome, its just that Fingolfin can be mistaken for the environment.Maybe a darker outline or different color can help to distinguish the smaller warrior.
MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
outstanding piece of art! :+fav:
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Thanks a lot! :)
MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
envinyatare Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
I love all your sepia pics, they look so ancient...*bow*
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
:) Thank you! I'm glad you like them! :hug:
FaiipDeOiad Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
ei hemmetti,yksi Suomen paras piirtäjistä :o
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
No mutta kiitoksia! :thanks:
FaiipDeOiad Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
eipä mitään :) jokanen näistä on taideteos! :popcorn:
Badonel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
i made a draw of ecthelion and gothmog, and other of feanor, check my work.
you have a great gallerie here.
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Thanks a lot! :) Sure, I'll have to check them out.
BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
One complain - Why does Morgoth have a shield that doesen't really protects him from Fingolfin's or anyones sword?
I know he's a leader, and should have a banner of a sort, but he's too big to need a shield.
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Well, I suppose we'd need to ask the Professor that question.. ;) The only thing Morgoth did with his shield was to push Fingolfin to the ground three times (so he seemed to be better at hitting him with his shield than his hammer...).
BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Too late for that i'm afraid...
Yeah, the shield was bigger i guess ;P

Though i think Melkor should be illustrated with a two-handed hammer, instead of a shield, or a small buckler, even though Tolkien did mention a shield.
Make the damn thing (Hammer) smaller, hatchet sized :P
aautio Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
:D Yeah, or even smaller.. "Hold still, you.. I'm going to hit you with my.. miniature jeweller's hammer!" dun DUN DUNNN =P
BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Hahahahaha :D
Yeah, that had to be terrifying - Morgoth the Great with his little, pink hammer.
On the other hand though, i guess it still would be bigger than Fingolfin. Hmmm...
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