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The First Meeting of Lovers by aautio The First Meeting of Lovers by aautio
:bow: Thank you all for 20 000 pageviews! :bow:


Okay, I did say I wasn't going to have time to draw anything new in a while, didn't I? Well, I wasn't lying.. after Monday I'll probably be gone for at least three weeks -- but I just couldn't help finishing up one last WIP on the side as I was working with Photoshop today.. It's an older drawing, from July I think, and rather sketchy too.. It was basically just a rough pencil lineart with no shading.. I'm not sure if I should rather call it "digital art" actually, as I did all the shading and highlighting in Photoshop.. :hmm:

At any rate, it's yet another romantic couple, the likes of which I draw when I wallow in the misery of my pathetic and lonely existence and feel like getting in touch with my feminine side... errr.. :paranoid: ..I mean: "the likes of which I draw to balance out the excessive masculinity of my macho personality.." ..umm.. ..yeah, right. =P

Seriously, though.. I do have some weird fixation on the story of Finrod and Amárië – quite strange, seeing as how the "story" is just a passing reference of no more than half a sentence or so in the published Silmarillion.. :roll: Anyway.. since I've already drawn their parting and reunion, I figured it's only logical to show their first meeting as well.. to complete the series so to speak. No? Well, nevermind.. :roll: This is a silly drawing, really, and not to be taken seriously – but I think I felt like drawing something light-hearted and cute for a change when I came up with this.

There's absolutely nothing in Tolkien's text to tell us how they met, but I'd imagine it would've happened when they were both quite young. This silliness was based on an idea that Amárië would have already had her eye on young Findaráto and then "waylaid" him once as he was setting out to go hunting.. She goes like:

:flirty: ”Hey there, hunter.. why would you go running after your food with your pointy sticks when you could just share this fruit with me – it's not running anywhere.. ”

..or something equally silly and corny to that effect. :roll:

Finrod: :wow: ”... huh..buh..guh..what..?” ^^;

..and I'll give you one guess as to whether he ever manages to even set that string to his bow.. ;) So much for hunting. =p (No, I don't think this is what actually happened -- but like I said, it's a silly drawing. Also, like some people already noticed, I did indeed get the idea for the composition from classical depictions of the Biblical temptation scene.. ;) )

Pencil, Photoshop..

EDIT: Changed the image.. Made it a bit bigger and strenghtened the highlights on Finrod.
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:iconelaini-the-mystic:
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Can't blame her... noldorin princes are hard to resist! :P
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LochNessieMonster Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL this is so cute!
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
It's nice, but Why does AmariŽ look like she's wearing a sari??
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Valadix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"This is a silly drawing, really, and not to be taken seriously..."

I don't think that is actually the case considering the amount of favourites you have! Don't put down your own work! Congrats...
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Cunninghan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Very lovely! I like the way you portrayed Amárië :)
:+fav:
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hhehe, You got style in there :slow:
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Terinqui Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
This is beautiful and it's so sad knowing that already about him leaving her...

I'm glad that someone else has this thing for Finrod and Amarie too, other than me.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
What a very, very pretty elf! Gah! all your pictures I have missed... must look through them all!
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Lena-Hyena Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Oh, you romantic thing, you! :love:

Funny how we sometimes fall for non-existent stories, traces of possibilities... Happens to me all the time.
I think it's lovely that someone decided to illustrate Finrod and Amárië's story. I like it how you depict him really young and, in my head, so far removed from that later Finrod, great and troubled.

As for the temptation... Coming directly from a date with an infantile idiot, I'll just say: good luck to her! :XD:
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darkNarel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Haha, I love your interpretation...poor Finrod really seems kinda uncomfortable and surprised. :XD:
Great job with the lineart as always. :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :D
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, pretty! I like the mood of this one.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :)
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Alcamin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Fantastic work! Everything is so wonderfully detailed! Great pic! :) :+fav:
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thank you! :D
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Alcamin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
You're welcome! :)
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL *dies laughing at your commentary on the Finrod/Amarië first ever meeting* :giggle: Put like that she seems almost like Eve trying to get Adam to eat the fruit.

:omg: Ohhhhhhhh! *attempts to scrub mind free of images of elves in fig-leaves*

I like her better here than in your first depictions of her. She seems healthier and more rounded. Yay and Finrod. :love: Ah I do love him so. With the exception of the SOF and their daddy I have to say he's my favourite elf in the Silmarillion. At the very least he's my favourite not-quite-noldor elf hehehe
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :glomp:

I was indeed thinking of the Adam and Eve bit when I did the composition.. I just found it funny.
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Idril-Celebrindal Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Wonderful work! :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :D
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Crotas Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
I really love these drawings and this inspired me to go to art academy, the drawing stile like this has such a Story feel to it : )

A shame that the guy isn't a elf but this works too ;) :P :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thank you! :D Glad to hear you've been inspired! :)

I'm not sure I understand the last comment, though.. Which guy? At least both people in this drawing are Elves. :confused:
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Crotas Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
I menth the other drawing ( I think : P )
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Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
-SQUEE!- So adorable! Don't worry-if you have time ot look at art on here you most likely don't have someone XD We're all in the same boat
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :) Yeah, you're probably right..! :XD:
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Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
I know at least half the journals form artists I read are moaning about it XD
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Nebulosa-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's wonderful!! I love it: Amarië looks sexy XD (fits with her dialogue ;) ), and Finrod seems so innocent (the ”... huh..buh..guh..what..?” made my day :D). Great job, is so beautiful!! (*fav* ^^ *)

Well, you`re not the only one obsessed with the "Tolkien's one-line love stories". I am with many of them, (even from the LOTR appendices). You're free to imagine everything :D

And congratulations for your pageviews!! :dance:
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thank you! :hug:

The fact that you are given so much freedom to imagine around the story is probably the most inspiring thing about these tales.. :)
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Sinneahtes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Aw, a Finrod pic--this made my day! :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Glad to hear that, thanks! :)
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fegie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Finrod: ”... huh..buh..guh..what..?”

XD (dies) D'aww, Finrod.

And congratulations on a Big Number! :D :D :star:
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :D
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fegie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
You're welcome. :}
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WoodWitch45 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Great drawing and I enjoyed reading the text you wrote!:):)
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thank you! :)
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WoodWitch45 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
You're welcome! :)
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yoodi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You usually always provide some kind of quote to go with the picture. I'd be interested in this one, as I don't know much about this couple.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
What, you mean my "quote" above wasn't good enough? =P

Ok, to be serious.. no one knows much about this couple.. ;) There are a few more lines in HoME, but the one and only thing in The Silmarillion gives on the subject is this:

"--For indeed she whom he[Finrod] had loved was Amarië of the Vanyar, and she went not with him into exile."

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, (final words of) Chapter 15: Of the Noldor in Beleriand
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shrinkinguniverse Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
even if it's kinda sketchy i love the tree and the simplicity yet "fashionable" dress she has :p
i thought i was the only one obsessed with the story of finrod and amarië ;p i guess its because there's almost nothing at all written about it and we're free to imagine it a bit ^.^
her meeting sentence is trully <3
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
:D Thanks.. yeah, the fact that almost nothing is told is probably what makes it so intriguing.

The lines above are completely over-the-top examples to underline the silliness of the picture.. I'm quite sure this is not what actually happened! =P
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Kosjenka Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Nice...so romantic! :love:
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Thank you! :D
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EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
a lovely interpretation of the first meeting between Finrod and Amarië =)
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Thank you! :D
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llamacita Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
I like this a lot. It's... cute, is that the word I'm looking for? I don't think so, but anyways, you really captured the mood well. And it doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for romance. (: Good job.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Thanks! :hug: ..and the word you're looking for was probably "schmaltzy" ;)
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llamacita Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Yes, that's exactly the word I was looking for. :laughing: You prettymuch rock. :hug:
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Hahahaha.... Staying true to Tolkien's writing style, I see.
I like this picture... You did a nice job making them both look young and cute, and I love Finrod's expression ;P Halfway between "Hay there" and "der.. wha?"
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
:lol: Yeah, I'm quite sure poor prof. Tolkien would turn in his grave if anyone ever claimed those lines actually came from his pen... :XD:

There were quite a few things I tried to get into his expression (it doesn't really show up well in this size, but anyway): surprised, delighted, dumbfounded, enamored.. etc.

Thanks, Pikko! :hug:
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Aradiliel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
I love your scenes with Finrod and Amarie! Somehow they always turn out just how I imagine them. This one is especially lovely, and I love the expression on Finrod's face! :D
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