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WIP:Lords of Noldor: PORTRAITS by aautio WIP:Lords of Noldor: PORTRAITS by aautio
WORK IN PROGRESS: The Lords of Ñoldor - The House of Finwë - Character Portraits
[or Ñoldorin Character Sketches -Redux-]

This is a by-product of my ambitious “Lords of the Ñoldor” WIP project.. a revised version of my character portrait compilation to serve as a reference sheet for myself (and hopefully a handy way to check who’s who among the Ñoldor for others.. ;)).

I will keep this in Scraps as a WIP and update it as I complete more characters for the main project. When(/if..) I have completed them all, I’ll finalize it and move it to my main gallery.. (and dump the old sketch to scraps).

As a © note, Finwë’s heraldic design is by Tolkien (as are all characters and names, naturally..), the four house emblems are by me. All drawn by me.

It’s a WIP, so comments and ideas on how to improve the layout etc. are welcome!

Individual character designs can be seen more properly at their respective WIP pages:

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Finwë

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Míriel and Indis

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Fëanor

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Findis

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Fingolfin

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Lalwen

WIP:Lords of Noldor: Finarfin
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Hey, I love the concept, and also the associated portraits.

Just a little question; any particular reason you went with K instead of C? Was it for aesthetic reasons, or was it just for simplicity's sake?
NeoBobo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Thats awesome. Cant wait to see a finished version.
Yu-Xiulong Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Can you draw Maglor?

Is my favourite elf of the Silmarillion.


XD ^^
Robanus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Wow, this is beautyfully done. :)

It's always nice to see someone draw Silmarillion related pictures, but making a 'family tree' with portrets is an excellent idea. And your drawings are very 'elvish' - if you get my meaning.
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing to criticize about the portraits themselves, here... just a few things I noticed -

1. Curufin - I don't quite understand why you placed him as last of Feanor's sons. It would be easy to move the Ambarussa to the right and put him between them and Caranthir, no?

2. Galadriel - first of all... I think the Shibboleth states that Nerwende is actually her mother-name. As you stated the father-names first for all others, maybe a small reversal is in order. Similarly, you may want to reverse the order of her epessi - no matter which story regarding her and Celeborn you go by, Alatárielle (the name being Telerin and therefore chronologically first) should be placed first, and the later Sindarin translation of that name second. As the meaning is the same, and both are epessi, I also think that both might look better placed in quotes...

Sorry if that sounded snobbish - it wasn't meant like that... I'm just in an extremely nitpicky mood right now. Sorry. *sheepish grin* I hope the suggestions make sense, at least.
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks for the feedback.. the layout is by no means final! :) If the layout would make it possible, I'd put the whole 2nd generation on same level.. so Curufin's not supposed to be the "last" -- they are just not in a strict order of age, but I've gone for symmetry.. that's why the twins are in the middle. You might also notice that I chose to pair Galadriel with Finrod and Aegnor with Angrod, since it fits better IMO.. that's also not the "right" order according to age. As for Galadriel, I already decided to drop the name Alatárielle altogether, since in "my canon" Celeborn is a Sindarin Elf and thus Galadriel will be the original form. You are right about the the order of the father and mother names, though.. I'll change that in the next update.
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :) I only after reading your comment noticed that you had changed the order of Finarfin's children - I guess I'm more of a fan of the House of Fëanor, so that change was far more glaring (to me) - but the way you explain it makes perfect sense. :)
Glad I could help at least a little among all the blathering.
kathrynlillie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Amazing! I can't wait to see the rest of the portraits! I think these portraits have more "life" in them than in the old one: Feanor looks really great in this one. I'm excited to see Maedhros :D
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Thank you! :) Yes, the first version was just a sketch, and also my drawing skill were more rusty then..

It might take a while before this project gets to Maedhros, since I'm planning to start working on the panel layout and border design once I've drawn all the people in the middle panel.. also I'll be increasingly busy with work and other RL issues during the fall. However, I do have a couple of other drawings featuring Maedhros that I expect to finish soon. :)
kathrynlillie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Hurray! Still, any work of yours is something that I am excited to see!
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