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The Oath of Feanor by aautio The Oath of Feanor by aautio
The Oath of Fanor and His Sons upon Tna

"Then Fanor swore a terrible oath. His seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches."

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor

Here's another Silmarillion illustration, my most ambitious piece as yet.. finally finished! It's the Oath of Fanor and his sons, the prelude to the Doom of the oldor -- a dramatic scene and a good opportunity to study these characters. I had already made a posing sketch for this one, and while I thought it was ok I still wanted to tweak it a bit, mainly because I thought the main characters of the scene, the Fanorians, were quite small and I doubted that I'd be able to draw them in as much detail as I wanted.. I needed to make the whole thing bigger!

So this is the first of these drawings done in A3 size -- and the first one done on proper 180gr drawing paper instead of that crappy ordinary copy paper. I also changed the composition from the first sketch by placing Fanor more in the golden section and emphasizing the perspective by making the people in the foreground bigger. This led into some trouble with space so I decided to drop Angrod and Orodreth out of the picture entirely. I also gave the architecture a little more thought even though I liked the way my first doodle had turned out. Still, I think Finw's house might be a little over the top, it turned out quite pompous..

I made the illustration in the 10:16 aspect ratio, because I wanted to try it as wallpaper for my laptop.. but I think it turned out a bit too complex for that purpose in the end. Aside from the bigger paper size it's the usual stuff: drawn with regular HB pencil and (mostly) HB 0.5 mech. pencil, probably at least 20 hours total over a period of two months; an hour here an another there.. I spent the better part of my Christmas Day finishing the pencilwork.. Took me quite a while longer to find the time to get it done than I had imagined and this one actually felt like work at times (good work, that is)! Brown paper background and highlights added and colour and levels adjusted in Photoshop as usual. I waited until i could scan this at work with the better scanner.. i also rescanned all my previous drawings and made a new paper background.. you might notice it's a little different from the earlier ones. I think i will go through all my previous deviations and update them with the rescanned lineart and better paper background when i have the time.

The drawing is again rather self-explanatory, but I'm going to bore you with my long needless description anyway.. =p The Fanorians from left to right: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Maedhros, Fanor, Maglor, Celegorm, Curufin. I clad them in uniform-like tabards and scale mail but I wanted to reflect their personalities and styles by their dissimilar swords (like I've done with the others as well, you might recognize the sword designs) and also the way they are swearing the oath.. some more enthusiastically than others, some motivated by hate and revenge, some by honour or duty, some even by sorrow.. In the foreground Aegnor, Fingon and Galadriel listen gravely, but the fire in their hearts has been kindled by Fanor's earlier words and the desire to see Middle Earth; Finrod, Turgon and Fingolfin raise their voices to protest Fanor's rebellion against the Valar and his blasphemous oath. Finarfin seeks to restrain his brother and prevent the outbreak of violence. All around them the oldor of Tirion listen to the dread words of the oath in terrified silence..

"Be he foe or friend, be he foul or clean,
brood of Morgoth or bright Vala.
Elda or Maia or Aftercomer,
Man yet unborn upon Middle-earth,
neither law, nor love, nor league of swords,
dread nor danger, not Doom itself,
shall defend him from Fanor, and Fanor's kin,
whoso hideth or hoardeth, or in hand taketh,
finding keepeth or afar casteth,
a Silmaril. This swear we all:
death we will deal him ere Day's ending,
woe unto world's end! Our word hear thou,
Eru Allfather! To the everlasting
Darkness doom us if our deed faileth.
On the holy mountain hear in witness
And our vow remember, Manw and Varda!"

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Annals of Aman 134, Of the speech of Fanor upon Tna (from The History of Middle-earth vol.10: Morgoth's Ring)
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linder-stokie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
How much would you charge for work like this? How long would it take to complete?
Mirianes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art was featured in :iconmoment-of-beauty: journal "Image of Feanaro in Drawings"
Yule-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
nice work. Like all the detailed armour...
Hollow-Image Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So um. I would love this on a print.

Any thoughts?
Flinxerone Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have all of the books. I have faved this.
Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Just, I can't even say anything...
Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is just incredible. You really see everyone's personalities... The whole story just comes to life. Great job.
ByMoonlight96 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
My goodness, the detail...and the somberness of the oath. I love it. (Sorry, if it's a short comment, I'm sort of speechless.) The building adds a nice touch, and I can see the differing emotions by the faces of the oath-takers as well the way they're holding their swords. Absolutely lovely!
WARORK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Wow, such detail! And such power and action! I can almost hear the voice of Feanor cursing Morgoth and yelling that pledge!

A great work you have wrought here, my friend!

best part of the Silmarillion bar none and you have brought it to life, well done!
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