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Turgon Aran Gondolin by aautio Turgon Aran Gondolin by aautio
Turgon Aran Gondolin


I’ve got way too much work for my own good these days.. but since I actually managed to draw something, I’d better post it.. so that you’ll know I’m not quite dead.. yet – even if I seem to have very little time for dA or drawing or anything at the moment.

So.... Turgon. When I first read the Silmarillion ages ago, I didn’t think much of him. He was always left a bit in the background and his decision to remain in Gondolin despite Ulmo’s counsel seemed proud and even somewhat foolish. But later, as I’ve read the book again and again, I’ve become to think of Turgon as one of my favourites. There’s depth in his character that may (and must, since not much is said) be read between the lines.. like the motivations for his actions and decisions.

I wanted the portrait to show the many aspects of Turgon somehow.. he could be a benevolent father and king, but also a solemn judge and high priest. Old and wise, yet a strong and formidable warrior. Sometimes stubborn, proud and quick to anger like most of the Noldor, yet cautious and prudent.. weighing his actions carefully and considering the welfare of his people. A wise ruler and a great artist.. one of the greatest architects in Middle-earth too. All these were the impressions I drew my inspiration from. And this is how I believe he looked like when Tuor first saw him.. as the king of Gondolin and High King of all the Noldor in Exile.

It’s a shame that Tolkien never finished the new version of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin, but some ideas can be found in his notes. There Turgon is described as “tallest of all the Children of the World, save Thingol” and he’s said to have worn white and gold and carried a sword in an ivory scabbard. White, ceremonial robes is what I chose to draw for him.. and feathers and wings seem like a good theme for the Gondolindrim as a reminder of Vinyamar and sea birds.. as well as the Eagles that guard their mountainous borders.

With all that said, this was a quick drawing done without much planning. I drew him with longer hair than I usually do.. that’s how I see him in the late years of Gondolin. The vambrances (which have humongous opals and seem to be welded on.. :roll:) I’ve drawn before, although I have no idea where they came from.. but as for the clearly Dwarven necklace.. that just happened. I had already drawn most of it before I realised it looked exactly like my Nauglamír design and started thinking why would Turgon be wearing something like that in the first place.. Well, I suppose Maeglin could have made it, being familiar with Dwarven crafts. Or something. All the other decoration “just happened” as well.. His crown started out as a simple circlet with a single gem and somehow converted into that winged.. tiara.. thing. Not too sure about that either. But I definitely didn’t want to draw a “crown-helm” – a rather silly idea that Tolkien was so fond of (heck, he wrote wonderful books, but his sense of style.. :roll:). And the idea of having Turgon’s heraldry include “the sun, the moon and a scarlet heart..?” Sheesh. With all due respect, of course. =P

Anyway, nothing special.. HB pencil, the usual deal. A few hours (mostly spent staring blankly at the paper).
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Serpaso89 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
great draw skill! :) what kind of paper do you use?
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UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014
Awesome draw ! Congratulations to You and Good luck to You in everything !
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lomehir Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
awesome!...
...Could not find a better way to picture Turgon..
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Vadrielith Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!! :+fav:
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thanks! :hug:
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maryofmagdala Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2006
Really great drawing.

Just thought you'd like to know that in Quenya, "Turgon King of Gondolin" would be "Turgon Aran Gondolino", since "o" is the dative ending, used to show relationships between things ruled and thier rulers. Though I'm not sure you could write it at all, since Gondolin is a Sindarin word. Just a friendly fwi. Keep drawing, I :heart: your stuff.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006   Digital Artist
"Anyway, nothing special.. "

Of course ;) Make more such not so special pieces! Pity, you have not enough time for art :(
I just red the description, I love your interpretations and I've learned spomething new about Turgon :)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006   Digital Artist
Oh, but yes I agree with others - the missing hand looks strange.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006   Digital Artist
Beautiful portrait, shows his personality well - calm, melancholy, wisdom and curiosity. He is noble scholar and careful leader, no doubt. I really like his delicate face with eyes lost in thoughts, maybe dreaming of distant lands or past? Marvellous robes and jewelry, you're specialist in this! :thumbsup:
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the face, how he looks with dignity :)
A job well done :) (as usual) :)
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The cropped hand aint workin, but the delicate pencil work still blows my mind. I don't know how you do it, but you do it well. I like your sensabilities with costuming and armor. It's very... unique. It's kind of classical, but not. I'm digging that crown.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006
O.O Wow! Those gemstones on the bracers are really well done... perfectly done... The patterns on the clothing and on the bracers are just perfect as well... and I think basically everything about this is perfect... Wow. It's wonderful Mikko! :hug:
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Elenai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006
just beautuful! :+fav: I love the crown and the necklace and the robe, and his eyes are so full of light and the seems to glow :) great job, I think it's your best portrait of an elf so far
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Cunninghan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006
Just a perfect Turgon...
I love his eyes!! :aww: And his outfit :D Awersome :+fav:
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Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His clothing is wonderful, so detailled!
I particulary like all the jewelry because the jewels really look like jewels and the metal like metal.
Anyways, amazing!
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Silmarillion... awesome book :+fav: :)
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primulatook Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing picture!
I love this piece.
Pm
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Senekha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I love it! Wow, this is almost dead-on of how I imagine Turgon! (I'm a big fan of him too) This is definately one of my favorites of yours! :clap:

Btw, I love how you put so much detail into it, especially the heraldry and other fun little things like that :D

:+fav:
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Sinneahtes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Wow! Great job! :) Funny--there's no background there, but the portrait by itself makes me imagine quite a spledid hall or room or building behind him anyway, so I don't really need to see one drawn out. :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Hey thanks! :) I'm really happy to hear that.. i mean, if I've drawn something that sparks your imagination it means i've succeeded! :D
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
I like him very much :aww: :+fav:
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Thank you! :hug:
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Excellent piece of work. The costume is beautiful and the sagacious face and solemn expression you've given him speak volumes about the character.
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Thanks a lot, Tracy! :D I'm positively surprised with how it turned out, as i pretty much got the feel that i was going for. :) The clothing is basically a kimono overcoat with some borrowed elements of priestly robes.. i wasn't thinking much about what i'm doing when i drew it, but i guess that only helped! ;)
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Hehe..well, whatever your method, it worked out well. Sometimes it's best to just let the pencil go where it pleases I suppose. ;)
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Lorna36 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I really like your drawings for the amazing detail you put into the clothes design, they always seem to suit the characters so well in my mind. :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Thanks! :D I'm definitely a detail freak.. sometimes i get a bit carried away, like with this drawing.. :)
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S1mbelmyne Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
I can't full view anything in the past days. But, despite the cropped hand (edge of the paper? :P), it must be great. As usual :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
:) Thanks! Yeah.. the edge was getting close, but basically i could have fitted the hand in. I just chose to fade it out because it was unimportant and would have added too much "weight" to the lower left corner.. thus interfering with the composition and distracting attention from the main focal point, the face. There's already enough things happening on the right. Even the vambrances are bit too much composition-wise.. but like I said, it's a quick one..
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