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Battle of Tumhalad

I don't think there's any canon detail on whether Celebrimbor was at the Battle of Tumhalad, where Orodreth died and the army of Nargothrond was scattered and destroyed by Glaurung.  But he had to be somewhere.

Turin is the one wearing a vaguely-Japanese full-face mask, attached, of course, to his dragon-helm.   Orodreth has dropped his shield.


For some reason, drawings of elf-helmets often give them a shape that almost encloses the face, or with a visor -  but I think both Tumhalad, where Turin was able to withstand Glaurung because of his helmet, and the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, where Azaghal had the same advantage, prove that standard elf-helms must have been open-faced.

I'm not sure I got the composition right.  I wanted to get the whole of Glaurung in, but that ended up putting the detailed action too much to the left.  And I'm not quite sure about Glaurung's face or Orodreth's posture.   I like the fleeing horse and Celebrimbor's face though.  In the original Celebrimbor's face is a bit clearer, the camera has lightened the background a bit so the face stands out less, for some reason.



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20th Jul, 2015 23:32 (UTC)
Love the dragon.
21st Jul, 2015 10:37 (UTC)
Oh good! In the paint version he is shiny gold, but I don't think that shows in the photo.
21st Jul, 2015 02:27 (UTC)
Great color palette, captures the mood of the scene really well. The fleeing horse with the body slumped on it is great!

I've also wondered about Celebrimbor's location during that time.
21st Jul, 2015 10:54 (UTC)
It is odd how he vanishes and then pops up again. Presumably he either survived the Nirnaeth or stayed in Nargothrond and didn't join the Union of Maedhros. But if he was still at Nargothrond at the end, he surely can't have avoided Tumladen.

I know there is fanon that he went to Gondolin, but I think the timing would be tight for him to get in before they shut the gates, and I don't see how he would know where it was, or why they would let him in.

Then later, he presumably decided not to go back to Valinor for some reason...

I can see I shall end up writing something to try to get my own ideas about it in order.
21st Jul, 2015 02:35 (UTC)
Nice dragon!
21st Jul, 2015 10:39 (UTC)
I love painting dragons. A bit harder to make him look appropriately dragonish with no wings though.
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