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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
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
This deviation has been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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.
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.
melime6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHOA! great work with the throne!!!!! the king looks really cool as well... :+fav:
roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
great job=D
Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much beautful detail! I love this :D
FoxMaq Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I love those eagles carved in a throne.
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I absolutely love the details, especially those on the sheath.
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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