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Awaiting the Riders of Rohan by peet Awaiting the Riders of Rohan by peet
'The three companions now left the hill-top, where they might be an easy mark against the pale sky, and they walked slowly down the northward slope. A little above the hill's foot they halted, and wrapping their cloaks about them, they sat huddled together upon the faded grass. The time passed slowly and heavily. The wind was thin and searching. Gimli was uneasy.

'What do you know of these horsemen, Aragorn?' he said. 'Do we sit here waiting for sudden death?'...

'You will soon learn the truth,' said Legolas. 'Already they approach.'

JRR Tolkien: 
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Book III,  Chapter 2: The Riders of Rohan

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Cuthillius Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like his legs. And the grass is quite nice.

But is he wearing anything underneath?
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peet Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You mean Legolas? Yes, he's wearing braies - or medieval tights :) Thanks a lot.
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Yay for chestnut Legolas. That's how I imagine him as well. Probably because the main elf characters in Lotr are missing midtones, and Legolas' hair isn't described.
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
For some reason, this is also the hair colour I always pictured Legolas with - something to do with him being a wood elf, and brown being mentioned as part of his attire. It's for this reason that my imagination went this way I guess. Of course Legolas' hair colour isn't described per se, but I'm fairly certain it wasn't blonde, based upon the infamous 'His head was dark, crowned with sharp white stars' line. I know its still ambiguous to an extent, but I'm certain that Tolkien wouldn't have described it in this way if Legolas were truly blonde -- the Prof. seems to make a point of the blondies in Arda when they pop up, and he certainly doesn't do so here :).
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That line is also the reason why I imagine him as not an all-out blonde. The true blonde hair lets the light through as somewhat translucent and refracts it, so even in the dark it would have been noticed. But then again Thranduil was let's say "silvan blonde" (silver undertone, not quite the same as the Vanyar has it), so maybe his mother was dark haired and Legolas is somewhat "chestnut" - the middle tone.

I'm not against Orlando Bloom's portrayal - but I think of something like this as closer to how he really is.
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peet Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really not fond of the movies, in fact I find them to be fairly awful, so I'm glad this is closer to your imagination, for purely 'selfish' reasons I suppose!

Its perfectly reasonable and logical to suggest that Legolas' mother was Silvan and therefore dark-haired, and so he inherited that or the 'middle tone', as you put it. And there are numerous examples of offspring having different coloured hair to one of their parents: Maedhros, Amrod and Amras; Luthien; Arwen and the twins and so on. In the case of Celegorm, of course, it might even be the case that he shared neither of his parent's hair colours. In which case, Thranduil himself may be another example of this - my point being that The Hobbit was obviously penned early in the legendarium when things hadn't quite been fleshed out properly yet, just as the 'Celegorm the Fair' ambiguity rages on ;)
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In my imagination, Celegorm may have gotten some silver undertone as well. Maybe Fëanor carried that sleeping gene of Míriel's and it woke up in Celegorm, one generation later. But I don't imagine it as pure silver, either.
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed. I would differentiate his hair for sure, somehow, if I was to portray him :)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I love the picture, especially the sky!
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venerablewise Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I love this scene, above all when Gimli is defended by Legolas and when Aragorn triest to pacify the Rohirrims
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Zolfyer Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
I like your style, in your paintings! And I love Gimli in this pic, because he does not look like "that funny little guy", like he is in the movies..! But yeah, really good work! :)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005   Digital Artist
Yup, there he is. He looks really subtle comparing to the companions :aww:
But I would never really notice his face if not the closeup in scraps. Maybe I should wear glasses not only to the movies ;)
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, well I guess the finished paintings are scanned at a pretty small scale. Most of my paintings are completed on A3, so there's always subtle details that will be lost after downsizing :).
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2005   Digital Artist
Oh, I see. So they are quite big :) Pity, scaning always kills something even while the scaning process, the downsizing adds more changes.
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, don't get me wrong. My scanner is actually fairly good, and Photoshop is good for editing the images to make them look presentable. I have to scan them in two parts then stick them together. But of course, it's just inevitable that some details will be lost -- doesn't make them bad though, I don't think. Or at least I hope!!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005
I love how you make your Legolas NOT blonde, though I cannot imagine him with bare legs like that... hehe. Nevertheless, still brilliant.
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, but they're not bare. He's wearing what you would call 'braies' -- medieval clothing most akin to modern day tights if anything. Though I should have highlighted his skintones more appropriately to distinguish his legs from the rest :doh:. Oh well.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Hmm, yes, I remember seeing tights, or 'braies' on your other Legolas pictures, but yea, his skin color and these braies have nearly the same color ^^;
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh well, I've learnt from the mistake since.
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Huangneyi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2004   Digital Artist
The shading is great, the grass is better and the faces are awesome. *tries to steal your talent*
Is this that scene where the meet the riders while chasing the orcs who took Pippin and Merry, right?
I just wonder about one thing. Where in the world did Aragorn find time to shave his chin while chasing orc?
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Aragorn is a High-Numenorean, and Tolkien in 'Unfinished Tales' says that some of the pure blooded Men of Westernesse were beardless. Thus, I always think this applies nicely to Aragorn -- afterall, a beard is never described as a facial feature of his.
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Huangneyi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2004   Digital Artist
Oh, it's that way. You've been doing research, that's good. Better than some friend of mine who refuse to accept anything but what the LotR books say.
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
It's true that I'm a big fan of Tolkien's work, and that know a lot of information on his creation, but even so, in most cases I would still envisage the characters as I do now despite not having more background knowledge on the Proffessor's writings.
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Nice touch on the bare chin Peet, good research. It probably came down from some of their half elven blood I presume. The colours in this piece are great. I also salute you for not showing Legolas' ears sticking through his hair. I support the subtle-pointed-ears-approach.
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it's an interesting point, moreover, for some reason I never really pictured him and Faramir or Denethor with beards, and yet I did so with Boromir (albeit well-groomed and easily kept), and he's the one who supposedly didn't have the purest blood running through him out of these characters. You're right in presuming it's the elvish strain that causes beardlessness, or so Tolkien alludes to. Does that mean Imrahil and the lords of Dol Amroth would be the same (plus some Rangers etc.)?
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woutart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
They would be beardless indeed.

But why then, this always baffled me, does Cirdan the Shipwright have a beard???
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't remember where exactly, but Tolkien says that extremely old elves, i.e. those who are in the 'third cycle' of their lives (although he does not elaborate what this entails exactly) are able to grow beards -- hence Cirdan, being the oldest Elf in Middle-earth, had one. Perhaps being in 'mortal' lands accelerated his hairgrowth. Mahtan, Feanor's father in law, was an exception in that he was apparently in the second cycle of his life but had a beard also. Again, I can't remember where I read this, it's been a while now!
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LinkD3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2003
peet your view of tolkien is so true to the books!... im stunned! it is a masterpiece! your a true artist peet!
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metal-levon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2003   Digital Artist
an impressive combination of impressionist, fantasy and, renaisance art work. a true masterpiece!
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albyon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2003
Gorgeous pic! Captures Tolkien perfectly. Love the detail in the clothes, the folds and the texture in their hair and skin. Great colouring also.
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aud Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2003
I like the sky and the grass.
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pussycat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2003
Amazing Clap +fav
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raphi-kun Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2003
wow....you did it once again, dude!!! O_O Wonderful pic!
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lady-lupin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2003  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only the characters but the scenery too are spot on. The way you've done the grass is amazing! The texture and detail are so good!
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perkan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2003  Professional Traditional Artist
whoa lovely!:D (Big Grin) As always your interpretations have the Tolkien spirit in themselves... you've captured that scene perfectly, with the wind and all. I love the look on their faces too.:) (Smile) Grat work once again my friend!
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encore Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2003
amazing. has a certain stained-glass kind of composition, very pre-raphaelite.
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lady-maree Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2003
i want..*points*...like a kid in a candy store..except i really do want....aahhh...*thump*..damn screen!!..lol..great work

Maree

~the mad woman~
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