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Sketch:Helmets of Gondolindrim by aautio Sketch:Helmets of Gondolindrim by aautio
Ok.. So i said i got the helmets out of my system, didn't i? I guess i lied, then. :XD: Thanks to ~Sirielle i ended up drawing more.. Lets see when i'll actually use these as a part of some illustration.

The Fall of Gondolin is quite a special case and i was going to postpone doing illustrations of that for some time.. i've got so many ideas i want to do before that. But it never hurts to do some planning before you start. So here are some helmet designs for different regiments of Gondolin based on how they're described in "Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin" and "The Fall of Gondolin" from the Book of Lost Tales I & II. A detailed "up-to-date" version of the Fall doesn't exist so we don't know how Tolkien finally intended to describe these events. Anyway, here i've shown designs for some specific groups.. most others would be variants of these with different colours and insignia. 2B pencil.

More helmet studies in scraps: [link] [link] [link]
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I like Tuor's and Ecthelion's helmets best. 
saito20 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work! May I use some of these ideas to make an illustration?
xzalion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010

How do you great those amazing Background textures? Can you do some work like that for me?

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Best of Regards
elegaer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Yay for helmets!

Just a few more notes for you for future helmets! Mole helmets were round, and the Heavenly Arch helmets had opals of huge size were set into them (sounds useful in battle :o)

Love Tuor's Wing helmet - its fabulous!
mindofka Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
yes! yes! Absoltely great study, you're making yourself a great portfolio for character design, and this is so precise and understandable as it has to be :clap:
aautio Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
Thanks again! :hug: I think i'm starting to have that helmet design worked out by now.. :)
Sirielle Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005   Digital Artist
Yay :w00t: the People of the Fountain got the helmets with the peak I was thinking of while telling of old German helmets. Fantastic designs :thumbsup:

Uh, I have no time now, arrrgh. Job. Who needs job? the need to eat is bad idea :/
aautio Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Yes, i wondered if that was what you meant. :) I also felt the spike suited them, since Ecthelion their lord had on his helmet that diamond-tipped spike he drove into Gothmog's breast..

Yeah, damn work.. taking time from fun stuff. How's the new job, btw?
Sirielle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005   Digital Artist
Oh, I haven't red The Fall of Gondolin yet, though I have red a fan fic about Ectehelion's death - very straight with canon, just Glorfindel is narrator. I have bought HoME 2 just for this passage, but had no patience to read it, yet. My English still needs improvement for it.
Are you going to do Eglamoth's helmet, too? A friend from fandom asked about him after seeing your designs :)
aautio Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
The Fall of Gondolin is interesting, even though it's an old story that is not really "up-to-date" since the design of the whole mythology and the world was changed later in several ways.. like there are still the "old model" balrogs in it and the names have naturally evolved a lot later. But since Tolkien never rewrote it i believe he intended the outline of the main events to stay pretty much the same.

Hmm.. i wasn't planning to but let's see.. Elgamoth's helm would be an archer's helm, except it's a tall model with high feather plumes and a huge opal.. and a lot of gemstones.. well, i guess i should draw it too. :ohmygod:
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