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WIP:Lords of Noldor: Findis by aautio WIP:Lords of Noldor: Findis by aautio
WORK IN PROGRESS: Findis, Daughter of Finwë

”[The name] Findis was made by combining the names of her parents. Little is said of her in The Silmarillion. She did not go into exile, but went with her mother after the slaying of Finwë and they abode among the Vanyar in grief until such time as it seemed good to Manwë to restore Finwë to life [ - if he ever did so..].”

-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Shibboleth of Fëanor; The names of Finwë's descendants (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth)

Character Background

Findis was Finwë’s eldest daughter and second child, the first from his second marriage to Indis of the Vanyar. Of Finwë’s daughters Findis was the “good girl” - she was the image of her mother and shared her kind, gentle and patient demeanour. When the other children of Finwë went abroad rebelling and causing trouble, she stayed obediently at home with her mother.. and missed all the “fun” of course..

Design Concept

I picture Findis as very tall (6'3" / 191 cm) and golden-haired, like her Vanyarin mother and her youngest brother Finarfin. Like the Vanyar (at least the way I see them), she would wear very plain and simple, traditional white dress, a palla-type cloak, no large ornaments or jewellery, and walk barefoot. I wanted her to look very serene and calm.. and as chaste as a nun.

The heraldic design is by me; inspired by Tolkien’s heraldry for Finwë and =elegaer’s great design for Indis. The smaller design below her name is my idea for the emblem of the House of Finwë, based on Tolkien’s Finwë design.


This is a WIP character sketch for my “Lords of the Ñoldor” project. It combines the scanned, not-yet-cleaned-up pencil lineart without shading or highlights, the current idea for the heraldic device(s) and the Tengwar inscription (I haven't decided yet whether I want to use the regular script or the cursive style, so I included both) to be used in the triptych. At some point I might finish it up as an individual character portrait but for now it’s just a WIP component.

Character drawn on regular copy paper, no references used. The original is quite small; she’s about 12 cm tall (that’s a bit under 5” for the measurement-impaired). I used a regular HB pencil that I try not to sharpen too much.. gives the line a nice thickness and more lively(=uneven) character. The size also keeps me from adding too many details, which would be lost anyway in the finished piece where the characters are fairly small.

The heraldic designs were drawn in AutoCAD, assembled in Photoshop.

It’s still WIP, so comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome! :)

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Triptych Layout

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Character Portraits
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RhapsodyBrd Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
You always manage to capture more in a drawing than it initially looks like. When I look at Findis here and the way she stands there: she will always carry the grief and pain with her. This is a great job!
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Thank you! :hug:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007   Digital Artist
I love the way you clothed her as I see Vanyar being very oriental folks and here her dress reminds me of combination of sari and some ancient dress, perfect combination of Noldorin and Vanyarin style. And the bare feet, fantastic idea :)

It's warm in my Valimar and people walk barefoot in Egyptian/Oriental clothes (or without them), while in Tirion they dress heavier in long robes with layers etc. I guess weather in my Valinor depends more on wishes of it's inhabitants than logic ;)

BTW, I'm learning a lot details more about the characters by reading your descriptions, like for example that Indis was a musician, I skipped that info somehow in books (or never red that essay), very interesting and fitting to my vision of her.
You are great source of inspiration and knowledge, I keep my fingers crossed for this amazing project :)

aautio Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
Thank you, my friend! :hug:

I try to read all the material on any given character/event before making my decisions.. and i draw inspiration from various sources. :)
Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
I absoloutely adore this one..she seems quite other-worldly-though i DO think her nose could have been more..grecian i suppose.
But i absoloutely adore this don't get me wrong :)
Keep drawing ok? ok.
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
Thanks a lot! :D

But.. what do you mean by a Grecian nose.. a huge beak-like windsplitter? =P
Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
No-i'mn thinking of the wrong term....staighter and long, it look button-y right now...sorry abotu swamping you with my mindless drivel btw
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Ok, got it. :D
Zephyr-Zucchini Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
I'm being totally unreasonsable (as usual) aren't I? :P
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
nah.. I like hearing people's opinions.
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