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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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Bookworm-Fangirl Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I love the detail
BricksandStones Featured By Owner 4 days ago
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!
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
untuox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Great character!
peet Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment!
untuox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
It's my pleasure.
EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Writer
Wonderful detail! This seems really professional-- his hair, the cloth, his expression and the horses stance all give a feeling of emotion. It feels like I could be a bystander
peet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really glad you think so, although I'm not sure you'd want to be a bystander in Angband, the fortress of Morgoth ;). Thanks so much.
Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This... is... beautiful. I love the detail here, especially in the background. And the sword is perfect. I love its icy blueness - suits its name Ringil perfectly. I also like that Fingolfin's carrying a three cornered shield - I've always imagined Elves to have three cornered shields as well. The armor, especially that on the horse, is done very well; it looks realistic and just shiny enough. I can only see one thing wrong, and that is the emblem of Fingolfin on the horse's blue cloak. Since the cloak itself is rippling with the horse's movement, the emblem would be moving with the cloth too, especially if it were embroidered on or woven in. It wouldn't be stationary or flat. Unless it's metal? Though in that case it wouldn't really make sense. Anyways, great job on this! :)
peet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you once again for the lovely comment. You're the first to mention Ringil, and I'm glad it matches its description as I purposed to make it icy blue as per Tolkien's words.

As for the emblem, it is indeed embroidered on, but I see no reason why it can't be made of a particularly sturdy material thereby rendering it less likely to ripple with the cloth, unlike the motif of the Two Trees to Rochallor's rear. There are many instances in real life where embroidery is so thick, it retains its flat shape :).
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