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The High King by aautio The High King by aautio
The High King of the Exiles


“Fingolfin was held overlord of all the Noldor, and Fingon after him, though their own realm was but the northern land of Hithlum; yet their people were the most hardy and valiant, most feared by the Orcs and most hated by Morgoth.”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, Chapter 14: Of Beleriand and its Realms


“Now Fingolfin, King of the North, and High King of the Noldor, seeing that his people were become numerous and strong, and the Men allied to them were many and valiant, pondered once more an assault upon Angband.”

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



The first High King pondering grave matters of state upon his throne..

A simple drawing.. I had just about enough forethought to draw a couple of haphazard construction lines to help getting the throne perspective about right, but other than that it was a fairly quick one.

I chose fairly simple and modest clothes for him this time.. something like more practical everyday wear instead of the more formal robes. Again I threw in some simple knotwork decoration.. and this time, again as a bit of laugh, I chose to repeat “King Solomon’s knot” design for the border because.. well, he is a king, right? :roll:

I left the lineart fairly clean and didn’t shade it (save for the skin), since I thought I would try to paint it digitally at some point. I have no idea if I’ll ever end up doing that, though.

HB pencil on art paper + Photoshop.
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
This deviation has been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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Illunfar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I like how he has armhair, a very original and well received (I like it anyway) rendering of the elf. I like the added sense of realism.
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KingNicholas1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Writer
Professor Tolkien really was a genius: Making up entire languages, created a fascinating world that I'd love to know more about, and practically invented the Swords-&-Sorcery genre.

Very well made picture BTW.
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melime6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHOA! great work with the throne!!!!! the king looks really cool as well... :+fav:
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
great job=D
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Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much beautful detail! I love this :D
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I love those eagles carved in a throne.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I absolutely love the details, especially those on the sheath.
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Senekha Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Woot, it's Fingolfin! :D :heart:

I love that throne design, it kicks ass!
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanks! :hug:
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Succubus1982 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh he's fantastic. Hehehe you definately draw Fingolfin better than Feanor I must say. I like all your renditions of him. This is lovely because you can see the strength and power of form and yet the serene contemplative air of the pose is a contrast and balance. I'm digging his throne too I wish I were as good at drawing chairs and scenery. I suck at non-organic objects.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Breathtaking - you outdid yourself once again. I love the shading on his face, and that ponderous look. Great matters indeed, judging from the quote. And the throne design... his emblem in there, it looks so fitting, somehow. The eagles, and Ringil... that's bitter foreshadowing.
The only thing I have a small issue with (his hands and the hairy arms were already mentioned, no need to repeat that) - the celtic knotwork. Don't get me wrong, it is beautifully drawn - I just think it is a little clichéd in connection with elves or fantasy in general, and too "our-worldly" to be used in a Tolkienian context. But then this is once again personal opinion and not detrimental to the picture itself. Well done! :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
I don't know.. I kinda see your point, but I still feel knotwork is quite nice way to do decorative patterns and I don't think it's unfitting for Tolkien illustrations. I have used and will continue to use some sketchy floral patterns as well, but also knotwork, I think.. It's a matter of taste, I guess.

Anyway, thanks! :)
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome - and definitely right about the matter of taste. :)
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Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
O.O My goodnes.....soooo good....
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks! :hug:
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Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
awww, how dost thou pose him so well? whenever I try to draw people sitting, I screw them up :P
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
I don't know.. I was just lucky, I guess.. I drew a normal stick skeleton and used the head as a measure as usual.. Normally I screw up something anyway. :roll:
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Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
The best i've ever drawn was Joey (thats what I call my stick-figure :P) lying down.I was pretty impressed with myself
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blood-and-souls Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
ahh finny :heart:

amazing, as usual.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thank you! :D
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darkNarel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
The throne design is really nice and I got feeling like its texture is real. Love the sword and clothes design too and Fingolfin for sure! =D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thanks! :) Glad to hear you like it! :D
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Baalam Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Student
oh, I really like this one :D excellent work with all the details and the lovely decorative patterns on the throne, clothes and sword. :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you! :hug:
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Idril-Celebrindal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Poor guy, he looks so troubled. He was much happier on your drawing for the project. :)
Throne is lovely, eagles desing is beautiful, the blessing of Manwë is on the High King.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
True.. in that drawing he was much younger and not yet troubled by all the tragedies that came afterwards..

For some reason I've always associated eagles with Fingolfin.. as well as Turgon of course.
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Para-Sara Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007   Writer
I like the thousand-mile gaze. He really does look like he's thinking about something really important.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you! :D That's what I was going for.
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C-Ungol Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! is there a description of his throne somewhere or is that your interpretation? i like the thoughtfulness of his pose.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you! :)

No, I made the whole thing up.. although the heraldic device behind his head is modeled after Tolkien's design.
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C-Ungol Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice, i like the eagle armrests...:)
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thanks! :D
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Qitian Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like his facial expression, somewhere between thoughtful and haughty... and it's an interesting take on Fingolfin in general. His face looks a bit... I dunno. Siberian? Or Sami? Something northern, at any rate. Very interesting, at any rate!
And that throne is just amazing. I especially love the eagle armrests!
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you! :)

It could be the high cheekbones.. there's something about his face that I couldn't quite place, but it didn't turn out exactly the way I had wanted. I didn't know what to change, though. :hmm:
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Abhorash Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
It's a nice piece of art at all, but I have to give right to Balduran..his hand looks really a bit to human like^^ I like his expression..He looks worried and deep in thoughts as he would plan something or even look on something

d^^b
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you. :) I definitely wanted him to look thoughtful.

As far as I understand, there is no differerence between elven and human hands.. it's not like they have seven fingers or something.. ;)
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Abhorash Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Oh no it's not like thiis :) t`s just that most people think eles have more grazile hands smaller, finer líke the whole body..not that heavy like humans if you understand ^^
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Heh, I was joking.. :D

I see where you're coming from, but I don't generally like to apply the general fantasy clichés to Tolkien's Elves.. According to Tolkien the Elves and Men are virtually one species (in a biological sense) and their differences were even smaller in the Elder Days. Moreover, Fingolfin was a strong warrior so I feel he should look like one.. this is of course just my way of seeing it. :shrug:

Thanks for the feedback! :)
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Abhorash Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
I`m sorry for that but I like the imagination that they where a bit taller^^ I didn't say that the are perfect^^ they arn't in deed
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Yes, certainly.. they were generally taller, wiser, more beautiful, etc. as compared to humans, but not really physically different (save for the fact that male elves didn't have beards and their ears were "leaf-shaped" ..although the last point has been debated)
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Abhorash Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
I schould really go on to read the silmatillion again :P :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
:) Well, that's one book you can't read too many times! :D
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The beards are debatable too - didn't you just draw Círdan? ;) Mahtan was said to have had a beard as well, though I couldn't for the life of me tell you where that comes from. Somewhere in the HoMe, I assume.
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Yeah, I should have written "usually" :roll:

Old Elves would indeed grow beards in the late stage of their lives in Middle-earth, when their hröar were aging and fading, but what I meant above was they didn't have them back in the Elder Days. I also know I've read all that somewhere, but can't seem to find the references in HoME now.. :paranoid:
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RaitheaSilverrick Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
The throne is way cool!
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aautio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you! :)
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BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Chmmm... For the basics - His hand is too hairy and thick, after all, it's suppoused to be an elf, not a human, right? ;)
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