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A sudden pile of Tolkien Art.

I have a pile of things that I made that were Secret, because people were writing stories for them.  But they are no longer Secret, and here they are!
Fimbrethil & Fangorn,  in their younger days, Ent and Entmaiden.
And then, an elder Fimbrethil meets a pair of hobbit children.

For some reason this was the first thing I thought of back when I signed up for the Tolkien Reverse Summer Bang.  Narya_flame took this and wrote Because My Land is Fair, which is not at all what I was expecting, but then I don’t know what I was expecting!  But it’s a fabulously atmospheric story and really beautifully written.

The Wedding of Hador & Gildis (with Fingolfin & Lalwen)
I don’t usually do much with pastels, but I went to an art workshop thing with a brilliant pastel artist Rebecca de Mendonca, and came away feeling all inspired so I decided to use my new Learnings and draw this scene, because I love Hithlum Before It All Goes Wrong as a setting.   I was quite pleased how it came out

I thought for a while that nobody else loved Hador, but then a noble writer picked this up as a second writing pick, and basically went up in an astonishing giant fire of creativity.  There are now TEN more Hador stories on Ao3 than there were, and the epic tale culminates in three chapters from three viewpoints, with some really lovely descriptive writing in The Wedding of Hador & Gildis.

I couldn't think what to draw as a second Art for this for a long while, but in the end I went for Fingolfin Regretting His Life Choices in a pastel vaguely pre-Raphaelite sort of style.

And finally,

Battle upon Ard-galen.

This was the image that changed most from first draft to final version!  It started out mostly ink & pastel drawing:

I re-painted it as a baroque battle scene in acrylics.  Alas, Beren I’s little face on the left there lost something in the repaint, but I feel the overall thing has gained drama.

So then amyfortuna wrote the truly epic story: The Battle of Aglon Pass

for this and made an amazing job of making my nonsensical artistic posings into a battle strategy that actually sounds like it’s making sense!  Also, there’s a love affair and an epic battle with wolves.  It's really good.

Finally, I ended up writing a thing.  which I did not intend to write and ended up writing in a terrific hurry and got way longer than I thought it was going to.

It's a Hobbit Movieverse AU story:  Dragon, Ghost, King and Bowman I'm still a little surprised by its existence, but there it is.


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5th Sep, 2018 23:21 (UTC)
These are beautiful. I like both the battle scenes.
6th Sep, 2018 11:52 (UTC)
Yay! Battle scenes are complicated, so I decided to let go of strategy and just paint something that would feel like it had dramatic composition. WHAT COULD GO WRONG??? :-D
6th Sep, 2018 07:51 (UTC)
Love them
6th Sep, 2018 12:10 (UTC)
6th Sep, 2018 11:10 (UTC)
What is Fingolfin holding? A glass of something with which to drown his sorrows? At first glance it looked vaguely like a pair of secateurs, as if Fingolfin was steeling himself to do some pruning...(sorry, was just in from going round the garden killing snails, gardening was on my mind). It's rather lovely, regardless. I like the Art Nouveau-ish style.

The one with the wolves is fabulous and somehow reminds me of Tove Jansson's Tolkien illustrations. Or maybe Jan Pienkowski's silhouettes.
6th Sep, 2018 12:12 (UTC)
:-D it was intended for a glass, I don't see Fingolfin as a gardener particularly (though if he was he looks like he's just seen a horrible infestation of sawfly larvae or something equally horrid.)

In retrospect I feel I made the wolves look rather too cheerful and not menacing enough but never mind!
13th Sep, 2018 09:53 (UTC)
Well the wolves would probably have been quite cheerful. The Dwarves and Hobbit, perhaps less so.
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