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The threat of Feanor by aautio The threat of Feanor by aautio
”Fingolfin bowed before Finwë, and without word or glance to Fëanor he went from the chamber. But Fëanor followed him, and at the door of the king’s house he stayed him; and the point of his bright sword he set against Fingolfin’s breast.”

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 7: Of the Silmarils and the unrest of the Noldor


Ok.. Finally found enough time to finish this one, the second of those three Tolkien illustrations I started last week – still just a pencil piece but I’d really love to try and colour these drawings sometime in the future.. (when I’ll buy that tablet, that is)

So, here Fëanor threatens his half-brother’s life – a deed that will result in his banishment from Tirion. Intended mainly as a character study for Fëanor and Fingolfin. (I have this ambitious idea of painting a huge triptych called “Lords of the Noldor” some day. Featuring Finwë with his sons in the middle frame, the sons of Fëanor to the left and the children of Fingolfin and Finarfin to the right – I don’t 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 that’s 19 people!)

Well, anyway.. back to THIS drawing. I’ve always imagined Fingolfin being the tallest of the three sons of Finwë and the one that looked the most like his father. I picture him with longer hair and noble features and I’m 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. Valinor’s latest fashion trend in shoes would have to be very pointy or “au naturel”, i.e. going barefoot.. ;)

Fëanor, on the other hand, I’ve 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 Fëanor 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, I’m quite happy with it; especially since I think I managed to capture the most essential feelings in the scene: Fëanor’s anger and Fingolfin’s calm defiance and silence despite his injured pride and his half-brother’s harsh words.

HB pencil and 0.5 mech. pencil, about 4 ½ hours in total.. most of which was spent drawing the decorations. This time I decided I won’t 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 “elven” even if they don’t look quite as good. :D

Sepia version here: [link]

EDIT: Better scan
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Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Love it all of it!! The details they are impressive!!!
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really good work of sons of Finwe, I must say! Beautiful! :iconlove--plz:
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breadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
UGH WOW I love you work! :O

Although I imagine Feanor to have long hair - but you capture Filngolfin perfectly! His calmness as his half-brother points a sword at him is brilliant.
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PeacePerson17 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I'm getting kinda concerned for my mental sanity... I never read the entire Silmarillon, only the Hobbit and LOTR Trilogy, and in the two books I've been writing/already written, I see similarities between the storylines. In my second book my two brothers are having a disagreement and something very similar to this image happens. The younger, Daril, points his sword at his older brother's chest and threatens to kill him. They're even wearing the right kind of clothes, traveling stuff for younger and elegant robes for elder. Freakyness! I only got about 75 pages into the Silmarillon before I got a book I'd been waiting for forever. :D This is exactly how I pictured my two brothers' fight as well!
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son-of-thor Featured By Owner May 17, 2009   Artisan Crafter
SUBLIME. Simply perfect
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storl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
Wow! Jus wow!
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Galadhen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006   Digital Artist
Marvelous! This scene was a cornerstone for a whole story of mine
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Moonling Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006  Student
Wow, someone finally drew that scene! One of the most impressive one in the Silmarillion, I think.

Great work! I like the way you deal with the clothing... the wrinkles and especially the details. They seem elvish, but not this overexagerrated "elfish" that often appears in fantasy pics, and far too often in those concerning Tolkien.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Digital Artist
So I red to the end.

The clothes are amazing, so detailed and moving with the character's bodies. Wonderful job!
I like also all the designs and fashions you invented here. I completely agree with your vision of Fingolfin, for Fëanor - I can't decide if my Fëanáro has got short or long hair... I guess he is changing it ;) I like the idea of practical clothes and jewelry on him. He is still elegant.
Fëanor's expression is really full of anger. I think it would work even if you clad him in a helmet,
Again this is great and amazing image :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Thank you very much! :)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Digital Artist
"I have this ambitious idea of painting a huge triptych called “Lords of the Noldor” some day."

I hope uou will do it, great idea :thumbsup:
I thought of Fnwëans family portrait, with both Finwë's wives and all kids up to Finduilas, I guess. Maybe I'll try one, day, I'm not preapred for it now.

I really like your Silmarillion illustrations, I'll be back to take a look at them :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Yes, i already had this idea a long long time ago.. but then i never ended up doing it. Now that i got inspired to do Tolkien stuff again i'm thinking about it once more.. Right now i don't have the time, but in the spring perhaps. I was thinking i would leave the ladies out of it (except Aredhel and Galadriel), but that i'd paint another piece "ladies of the Noldor", which would feature Míriel, Indis, Nerdanel, Eärwen, Aredhel, Elenwe, Idril, Galadriel and Finduilas at least..

But perhaps if i made the triptych really huge i could fit them all in, too.. but then then it would be a bit off-balance i think (too many people on the right..) Let's see.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Digital Artist
You can always put Finwë in the middle, then Fëanor and his descendats plus Fingolfin and Finarfin on both sides of them. They would have to mix a little anyway to fit in the photo ;)
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
hmm.. true, i suppose i could make it a family photo kind of composition. ;) yeah, perhaps i'll make one too. but the idea of doing it in three pieces was precisely the segregation of the family lines.. Let's see, i won't have time for it anyway in the immediate future so there's still time to ponder it.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005   Digital Artist
Do it in three pieces with the time you need and then put together thouse you like, eather in a new drawing or collect them with computers aid.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
*jaw drops* oh... my gosh... only 4 1/2 hours???? FLORAL SCRIBBLES??? You're insane!!! It looks so great! I seriously agree with mein schwester, you should be an illustrator... you've got what it takes! *stares at the pic for two hours* wow... wow...
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Thanks! :hug: I'd still like to be able to draw those knotwork patterns, but i always keep screwing them up.. then again, this kind of decoration might be more appropriate for elven stuff anyway, i dunno.. :)

Hahahaha, yeah, i'm also starting to think again that drawing illustrations is much more fun than architecture.. Great, i studied 8 years for nothing! :doh: Lol, perhaps i could keep doing both in reasonable amounts.. :lol:
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Yeah, I think doing both would be cool... I mean, if that drawing only took you 41/2 hours... and it's better quality than a lot of illustrations I've seen... Sounds like a nice money making passtime to me ^^
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Hahaha.. architects in Finland are seriously underpaid! :XD: And no-one's offered me money for my illustrations yet.. But let's see.. :)
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Well you haven't advertised...
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005   Traditional Artist
Great work!!!**
wahh, it's wonderfull! and you made a stricke choise with their clothes!!!!!!>__<
uhm, I never like very much Feanor, Fingolfin is better! even if I prefer Finarfin between Finwe's sons^^....it's a terrible scene that you drawed! I was a bit shocked when I read that part in the book, 'cause Feanor is ever different how I ever see elves! uhm, sorry I can't explain well, and tonight I'm a bit tired and my english is saing me "bye bye" sorry ç___ç
however WONDERFULL DRAWING!^^
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
Thanks, Lilie! Yeah, he's never been my real favourite either.. but he's one of those creators whose genius bordered on madness -- crossing the line ever so often! Like Tolkien wrote himself, Fëanor was "-- ...the mightiest of the Noldor, of whose deeds came both their greatest renown and their most griewous woe."

This scene is one of those that are remembered, just because they are somewhat shocking.. that's why i thought it'd make an effective illustration too. I think i'll do the oath of Fëanor too at a later date.. but that'll take time, there's so many people in it!
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005   Traditional Artist
^^
ok!
and I'll wait the new work!^^
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VikingBerserker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
magnificent job, the pose the detail, the look on their faces.
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
Thanks a lot! :)
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh! You need to become a book illustrator... I love the way you portray these characters. Other people I've seen don't do them justice at all; not so with you. I love their clothes, and the detail you lovingly attend to... the emotion you put into their faces. Beautiful!! :heart:
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
Thank you! :hug: That's certainly one book i'd like to illustrate! Too bad there're like 4 million others who have done it before! :D But yeah, if you love something you're drawing, you'll put your heart to it.. and i love those books and characters!
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really shows!! Keep it up! :heart:
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