Wednesday Fanart (plus one)

So, it’s more of a Thursday fanart this week as I had to work late yesterday. Anyway, this week I’ve chosen something that departs a bit from the theme of the blog in not having any women in it, but which I really love nonetheless. It’s Catherine Karina Chmiel’s painting of Maedhros, Maglor, and a very young Elrond and Elros at the Third Kinslaying:

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(Although the scene it depicts is hardly a laughing matter, I always chuckle at the fact that one of the twins is so much smaller than the other in this picture! OK, so the artist must have been operating under the assumption that Elrond and Elros are not twins. In my head, however, I always imagine that Elrond is the undersized one, probably because he’s the more Elvish of the two in spirit, and they grow up slower than human children. I hope that he thrived a bit more under the care of the Feanorians – well, once they’d stopped killing his family…)

Actually, Chmiel’s gallery is absolutely chock-full of lovely artwork. Here is her Feanorian gallery, which also has one of my favourite depictions of Feanor (in which he looks more than a little deranged, as he should!) She also has a lot on Gondolin and on Gondor (particularly Boromir, with some Faramir and the rest of the family).

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Wednesday Fanart

I finally received my copy of the “JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia” the other day, and it has a whole entry devoted to fan art, which I think counts as an endorsement. Which is a good thing, as there are a lot of wonderful artists out there producing beautiful works of art inspired by Tolkien’s works. In honour of that fact – well, really because there’s such a lot of great art out there and I want to make sure everybody sees it – I’m going to be highlighting a piece of fanart I particularly like every Wednesday. (And yes, I know that “Friday Fanart” would work better for the alliteration, but on Fridays I’m far more likely to go to the cinema or get drunk and completely forget to do this than I am on a Wednesday, so Wednesday it is!)

The first piece of art I’m going to recommend is one I’ve already highlighted on the blog – it’s “Family” by liga-marta from DeviantArt: Family. The picture depicts Idril, Tuor and Earendil escaping from Gondolin – Tuor carries a sleeping Earendil in his arms, while Idril has stopped momentarily, presumably for one last look back at Gondolin. I chose this picture in large part because I just love how all three characters are depicted in it – Idril’s sadness and Tuor’s quiet strength really shine through here, and Earendil is adorable. The other reason is that I’m in the middle of writing what is turning out to be something of a love letter to Idril Celebrindal, so it seemed appropriate!

Finally, I just have to mention how much Tuor and Idril’s no-nonsense parenting style in the “Book of Lost Tales” version of the Fall of Gondolin amuses me. They clearly don’t believe in sugar-coating the truth as far as Earendil is concerned, which gives us scenes like this:

EARENDIL: Mum, Dad, where is Salgant? He’s funny.

TUOR: Salgant’s dead. Now shut up, we have a long way to go.

EARENDIL: (cries).

(Ten minutes later)

EARENDIL: Mum, Dad, where is Ecthelion? I want him to play with me.

IDRIL: He’s dead too, sweetie. A Balrog drowned him in a fountain.

EARENDIL: (crying) I hate Balrogs! I hate Gondolin! I never want to go back there, ever!

TUOR: Well, today’s your lucky day, because the whole place was destroyed along with all your toys, and your grandad got crushed underneath his own tower.

EARENDIL: (wails).

(N.B. I’m sure there is a way to actually insert images into the text of my blog – I just can’t for the life of me work out what it is! So the link will have to do for now).