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Sketch: Aredhel by aautio Sketch: Aredhel by aautio
Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, the White Lady of Gondolin


“The sons of Fingolfin were Fingon (…) and Turgon (…); their sister was Aredhel the White. She was younger in the years of the Eldar than her brothers; and when she was grown into full stature and beauty she was tall and strong, and loved much to ride and hunt in the forests. (…). Ar-Feiniel she was called, the White Lady of the Noldor, for she was pale, though her hair was dark, and she was never arrayed but in silver and white.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 5: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië


More Gondolin personae: Aredhel daughter of Fingolfin, sister of Turgon, mother of Maeglin.. A digitally coloured version of the small sketch I submitted earlier in the sketch collage (which I'll hereby move to scraps). Not much to say about this one, it's simple enough – just a character concept doodle turned into a deviation and colouring study. The original in HB pencil is quite small and rough, but I quite liked her profile. I have no idea what the pose is supposed to be about, though.. except that it looks rather stupid. I guess it would be more appropriate if I had named this "Aredhel the sign language interpreter" or something.. ;)
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NordicLynx Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. :) I love Aredhel, its so beautiful with her dark hair and that she always dress in white and silver. I whant to draw her some day, but I havent yet ...
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:iconcunninghan:
She's very unique. I love her eye :) So shiny , so elvish ;) :+fav:
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:iconaautio:
:D Thank you! :thanks:

I always put a little extra highlight to the elves' eyes.. even if Tolkien probably didn't mean their eyes to literally glowing, but... ;)
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:iconelenmire:
the touch of color is very sweet
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:iconelerinwen:
This is pretty much how I had imagined her...

:clap:!
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FoxMaq Jan 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I just love expression on her face...
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:iconaautio:
Thanks! The moment I had in mind for this was after she had had her argument with Turgon and contemplated leaving Gondolin against his orders.. so the thoughtful expression I was going for is a mixture of "a bit annoyed, a bit anxious, steeling herself to make a decision.." something like that.
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FoxMaq Jan 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
And it came out perfect!
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