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Of Turin and Glaurung by EthalenSkye Of Turin and Glaurung by EthalenSkye
"And even as Turin came up the ghastly sack of Nargothrond was well nigh achieved. The Orcs had slain or driven off all that remained in arms, and they were even then ransacking the great halls and chambers, plundering and destroying; but those of the women and maidens that were not burned or slain they had herded onto the terrace before the doors, as slaves to be taken to Angband. Upon this ruin and woe Turing came, and none could withstand him; or would not, though he struck all down before him, and passed over the bridge, and hewed his way towards the captives.
. . . . but in that moment Glaurung the fell issued from the gaping Doors of Felagund . . . saying 'Hail, son of Hurin. Well met!'
Then Turin sprang against him, and fire was in his eyes, and the edges of Gurthang shone as with flame. But Glaurung withheld his blast, and opened wide his serpent-eyes and gazed upon Turin. Without fear Turin looked into those eyes as he raised up his sword; and straightway he fell under the dreadful spell of the dragon, and was as one turned to stone. Thus long they stood unmoving, silent before the great Doors of Felagund.
. . . . And while he was yet held by the eyes of Glaurung in torment of mind, and could not stir, at a sign from the Dragon Orcs drove away the herded captives, and they passed nigh to Turin and went over the bridge. and among them was Finduilas, and she held out her arms to Turin and called him by name. but not until her cries and the wailing of the captives was lost upon the northward road did Glaurung release Turin, and he might not stop his ears against that voice that haunted him after. . . . . . ."

~ "The Fall of Nargothrond", from The Children of Hurin - by J.R.R. Tolkien

What a terrible plight! Your love cries out to you in fear and helplessness, but you cannot do anything to save her! Dreadful thought! Poor Finduilas! Poor Turin! A hard choice lies before him - as the dragon releases him Glaurung deems that if Turin pursues Finduilas, the man will never see his mother and sister again. And they shall curse him! Ugh!!!

I may have rushed to complete this in the final stages. I hope it doesn't show too much. I really wanted to make a good image of the event - dark, a little grimy, some chaos. . . . It's busy, I tried to tone it down a bit. . . .

For my friend, Wouter :iconwf74:. We both took a stab at what the scene looked like to us. Mine is fine. But his is The Biz! Go find it in his gallery: called "The Fall of Nargothrond" :)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Glaurung looks terryfying here. I love the smoke and atmosphere in this picture. Looks almost apocalyptic!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Thank you very much! Great comment! An atmosphere of doom!
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gbindis Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Yes, and I had to re-read "Children of Hurin" because of your work! :)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I love that book!!! I'm honoured to know my work compelled you to re-read it. :D
Did you see my friend's :iconwf74: artwork? He has an amazing version of this scene!
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gbindis Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Yes, I saw both interpretations, and both of your works are great!
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
AWESOME !!! I really like the difference of darkness and light between Elves and Orcs. I want to draw the fall of nargothrond but don't know the composition :( I want to draw Elves fighting back while many fall and Glaurung in the back burning a great tower.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I would love to see your take on this! check out my friend :iconwf74:. He has a most excellent rendition of this scene.
Thank you for the compliments! :D
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
By the way I did a drawing about this scene but I don't want to publish it because I looked at yours a bit and that's why the bridge and the angle is very similiar. So that drawing does not totally belong to me.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Well, if there is some way I could see it, I'd love to look at what you came up with! :)
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Give me your email adress, I'll send it to you by mail. And compared to yours and your friend's work it is NOTHING ! It isn't something very special but I like it, I drew lots of Elves marching along the road accompanied by orcs towards Angband.
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
You're welcome :) By the way I saw your friend's drawing and I don't know what to say, it is so beautiful !!! But the darkness and light in your's is very good aswell.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Well! Thank you very much! I appreciate that!
Wouter is an inspiration! I would love to be able to do the techniques he does digitally! :D
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Yeah me too, I don't use digital at ALL !! I always draw and color like I used to do when I was 7 :P but I want to use digital, it seems very complex though.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
With the right software and knowing the formulas for colour scheming and mixing and composition that we use the traditional ways, it's not much different. But a tablet is most helpful too! Expensive, but worth it. Now, I just have to discipline myself to use it more! :D
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1ringtofindthem Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Ok, good luck with the tablet :)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been featured here --> [link]
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Thank you very much! You featured some great works - including my good friend :iconwf74:! :)
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He deserves it, as you do :) And thank you for the watch! :beer:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Well.... thank you! :aww:
You're welcome for the watch! you have some wonderful imagery. :) Thank you, as well! :beer:
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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SleipnirInTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
That is really perfect :rose:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Cheers, my friend! :)
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noleme Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Epic image! :clap: One of the best Glaurungs I've seen ^ ^ And once again, I appreciate the realistic size of the main antagonist; and also the light in his eyes :) It kind of makes him resemble a balrog, which is a nice hint at his probable identity :)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Excellent! I'm really happy you like this version of the wyrm! Big complement! :D
Thank you!
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coranglais Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Wow, this is good work.
My one suggestion is that the scene would be more powerful if we could see the captives better.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Cheers for that! :)
I could've detailed the captives, but I ultimately decided on hinting them in shadow to represent the bleakness and emphasize the Elf-maiden whom loved Turin....
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Andreth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome pick from my favourite Tolkien story :) The glitter surruounding poor Finduilas is a very nice detail. And your Glaurung is so scary. I love the shine the eyes of the dragon.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Thank you, my friend! Sorry so late a reply.
This is one of my favourite parts too. It was so heartbreaking because Turin was entranced and she was so close, I imagined Finduilas could almost touch him! :(
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Turin's story always depressed me. On the one hand, I felt like he made plenty of bad decisions that drew it on him, but on the other hand, something like this... paralyzed while his love and the entire kingdom is led past him... really tragic stuff.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Great story, yet as you said - very tragic.
One of the very captivating moments in the story!
And I could relate - no name change can take away the troubles within! :)

So sorry for the late reply!
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :hug:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thank you very much! :+fav:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob :dalove:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
I'm about to upload my depiction of Morgoth vs. Fingolfin. I hope you'll check it out and tell me what you think. . . . Be gentle . . . :lol:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course J will! Your work is good, and Fingolfin is my favourite character! :dalove:
J can't wait to see it :D
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great work indeed!.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thank you kindly! :)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Wow, I love it. especially Glaurung looks amazing.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thank you very much! I am happy with the dragon, but I just can't call it Glaurung. . . Self critical. :D
After I was done, I suddenly took a turn and said "Blast! He's not right!" But at the same time, I didn't want to do it again! :lol:
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
This is great!

You two keep challenging each other please. You know. Maybe with some certain Dunedain... :P
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Thanks, Suvi!
You don't mean . . . . *gasp* Aragorn! Do you?!!!! ;P
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
... mebbe... :P

Also, NGL, I think the story of Beren and Luthien (and their heirs) are like, the best stories in the Sil. Turin's story always depressed me too much XD
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
You're right. Turin's tale was pretty dark, but that's what was so beautiful about it.
A classic tale of tragedy. His style of writing just made all his works seem right out of an acnient time - Iliad style! ;D
I know that's what he was going for, but still . . . The Master!!! :D
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Hahah, I can't stand tragedy- just makes me all depressed and mopey. Likely why I am not as big a fan of the Sil as I am of LOTR. I can handle bittersweet, but downright downer endings never settled well for me (unless the downer ending was from the character's own stupidity/laziness/other vices, like in Death of a Salesman... then the dude just deserved it and it's hilarious in a dark way). :P
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katapraktoi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Student General Artist
It looks great! I really dig the way you did the fire, it really stands out in such a dark atmosphere. The columns of smoke are a little too uniform, but at the distance this is supposed to be looked at it doesnt look bad so its allright.

Initially the part I disliked the most was the column of people been guided out by the orcs, but now I love it, its really simplistic but really emotional... now the lone orc guiding the people in the middle of the bridge stands a little too much for comfort... maybe if you had put one or two more orcs in between... because, that dark figure really contrast with the considerably more lightly shaded people, it throws the composition a bit off.

However the center of the scene is just flawless, the dragon and Turin facing each other. Now I havent yet read the children of hurin so I am not very familiar with the scene, but that for me is perfect because the art stand on its own as epic, you can just feel the fire in the eyes of the hero, and the hatred they feel for each other. And yet (as it happens many times in the middle earth) evil has succeed once more, and the dark atmosphere really conveys that feeling...

kind of a long comment :laughing: but that is to show you how much emotion can you provoke with your art ;)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Excellent comments, Vera! Thank you very much!

I see what you mean about the smoke. From working on imagination alone, conveying the thick, wind-swept smoke I couldn't see the columns deterring from their paths save for obstructions. So I'm not sure what I'd do to mix it up. I'll have to do some research I suppose . . . ;)

I wanted the captives to be simple. Too much detail would crowd and distract I think. So as you said, it worked for you! I succeded! :lol:
The lone Orc on the bridge is a bit of a bad contrast. I also thought, later, it would be funny if an angered and mischievous captive elbowed him right off the bridge! :D He dosn't look right on his own there.

In the end the real action is happening more to the right. And that's where I want the eyes to linger most. That was the strong point of my vision and it came out fairly close to the way I wished - save some wrangling with Glaurung's head . . . .

I love the long comment! ;) It means I'm not dead yet! :D Thank you again, my friend!
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primulatook Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderfully done!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thank you Ms. Took! :D
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045-lucky Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
i love the expression on her face.... heartbreaking moment in book :cry:
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thank you very much. Yes, it was terribly tragic. The last we ever see of poor Finduilas . . . :no:
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