The Parting of Finrod and AmariŽ
"--But at the rear went Finarfin and Finrod, and many of the noblest and wisest of the Noldor; and often they looked behind them to see their fair city, until the lamp of Mindon Eldaliťva was lost in the night. More than any others of the Exiles they carried thence memories of the bliss they had forsaken--."
- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 9: Of the flight of the Noldor
"--For indeed she whom he had loved was AmariŽ of the Vanyar, and she went not with him into exile."
- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 15: Of the Noldor in Beleriand
This is the second incarnation of this Silmarillion illustration.. with sepia tone a brown paper background done in Photoshop (Thank you for the idea and help, Ana
). For the description I'll quote myself below:
Another Tolkien illustration.. I kinda promised poor Finrod to do a little bit better job portraying him than the last time so this one is something like a character study for him. Somehow i still managed to make him look a bit slow, but at least it's better than the last one.
This is a moment that Tolkien doesn't describe in his writing, but of which i've always had a very clear image in my mind. Even though the Noldor departed Valinor in a haste, i just can't see Finrod doing that without seeing his beloved first. Here he is dressed and armed to be prepared for the journey he is about to embark on against his better judgement.
Pencil drawing, quite straightforward and simple. I wanted to keep them static and still but added the wind effect to have some sense of motion in the composition. This is supposed to be a sad moment but somehow i think it still comes off as little too sweet.. Yes, i know that i draw like a girl!
B/W version here: [link]
EDIT: Better scan, new paper background