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Fingolfin challenges Morgoth by peet Fingolfin challenges Morgoth by peet
'Now news came to Hithlum that Dorthonion was lost and the sons of Finarfin overthrown, and that the sons of Fëanor were driven from their lands. Then Fingolfin beheld (as it seemed to him) the utter ruin of the Noldor, and the defeat beyond redress of all their houses; and filled with wrath and despair he mounted upon Rochallor his great horse and rode forth alone, and none might restrain him. He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Oromë himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar.
Thus he came alone to Angband's gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat. And Morgoth came. That was the last time in those wars that he passed the doors of his stronghold, and it is said that he took not the challenge willingly; for though his might was greatest of all things in this world, alone of the Valar he knew fear. But he could not now deny the challenge before the face of his captains; for the rocks rang with the shrill music of Fingolfin's horn, and his voice came keen and clear down into the depths of Angband; and Fingolfin named Morgoth craven, and lord of slaves.'

J.R.R Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
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MuseTerra Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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peet Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Bookworm-Fangirl Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I love the detail
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peet Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate it, thanks for having a look around (and the :+fav:s)
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Bookworm-Fangirl Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great drawing. You're welcome :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Wonderful piece, you can see the rage on Fingolfin's face, I imagined him in a lighter armour but I like your depiction as well - great work!
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peet Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! Fair enough regarding the armour - just out of interest, how do you picture his armour, or the Elves in general (or perhaps even the Noldor in general)? I've seen many artists depict them with masses of late medieval-style plate-mail, but I just don't envisage them like that at all. I think this portrayal here is as far as I'd go in that direction, but that's only because it's the High-King in mortal combat with the mightiest Vala ;)
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JohnHeavy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exquisite painting, the shield, the armor light reflection is awesome :D also the rocky background is brilliant! :D
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peet Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks - all these details took a while to paint, but it seems to have paid off :D
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untuox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Great character!
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