The Threat of FŽanor
ĒFingolfin bowed before FinwŽ, and without word or glance to FŽanor he went from the chamber. But FŽanor followed him, and at the door of the kingís house he stayed him; and the point of his bright sword he set against Fingolfinís breast.Ē
- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 7: Of the Silmarils and the unrest of the Noldor
This is the second incarnation of this Silmarillion illustration.. sepia tone with a brown paper background done in Photoshop (Thank you for the idea and help, Ana
). For the description I'll quote myself below:
So, here FŽanor threatens his half-brotherís life Ė a deed that will result in his banishment from Tirion. Intended mainly as a character study for FŽanor and Fingolfin. (I have this ambitious idea of painting a huge triptych called ďLords of the NoldorĒ some day. Featuring FinwŽ with his sons in the middle frame, the sons of FŽanor to the left and the children of Fingolfin and Finarfin to the right Ė I donít know when I would have time to do it, but before I start it takes a lot of drawings like this to define my image of each of those individuals.. and thatís 19 people!)
Well, anyway.. back to THIS drawing. Iíve always imagined Fingolfin being the tallest of the three sons of FinwŽ and the one that looked the most like his father. I picture him with longer hair and noble features and Iím sure he was fond of wearing flashy clothes like that robe and kimono-style overcoat (yeah, yeah -- I know it looks like a dressing gown
).. loose and comfortable yet somehow ceremonial. This is how I imagine most of the elves living in the carefree bliss of Aman were dressed like. Valinorís latest fashion trend in shoes would have to be very pointy or ďau naturelĒ, i.e. going barefoot..
FŽanor, on the other hand, Iíve always pictured with short hair and sharp features, donning more practical clothes and always wearing a lot of jewelry he had made himself. Here I went for something like a swashbuckler look for him.. I know that according to the book FŽanor was wearing a helmet and probably armour as well during this scene, but as this drawing is intended as much as a character (and clothing) study as an illustration, I wanted to draw both elves wearing what I imagine was the most common for them.
While the drawing has some errors in it, Iím quite happy with it; especially since I think I managed to capture the most essential feelings in the scene: FŽanorís anger and Fingolfinís calm defiance and silence despite his injured pride and his half-brotherís harsh words.
HB pencil and 0.5 mech. pencil, about 4 Ĺ hours in total.. most of which was spent drawing the decorations. This time I decided I wonít even try those Celtic knotwork designs, having had something like a nervous breakdown with them the last time..
I guess those random floral scribbles work too.. they could even be considered a bit more ďelvenĒ even if they donít look quite as good.
B/W version here: [link]
EDIT: Better scan, new paper background