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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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Painted in watercolour.

This painting is under consideration by Warner Bros to appear in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 3D Extended Edition DVD & Blu-ray box-set, in a 'Making of ...' documentary to be released in Autumn-Winter 2015.

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DisplacedPunch Featured By Owner 1 day ago
very good illustrations you have, superb!
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Joshuagoymer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Artist
Wow this is astonishing!
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Much obliged, sir :)
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Joshuagoymer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Artist
You are more than welcome, very talented! 
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annamare Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That armor!! Wow!! Love how you draw horses, especially - both Fingolfin and Rochallor look great!
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:iconpeet:
peet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks :) I wanted to make Rochallor look like a great steed, as per Tolkien's words ;)
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work Pete, reminds me of a painting by Alan Lee. Clap 
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, mentioned in an earlier comment 'The Proud one of the Clearing' :) Thanks!
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh was it :) (Smile) Pleasure Heart 
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peet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeh it was, but of course I don't expect you to read through my old comments :lol:
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Giggle Hug 
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A-NonnyMouseFangirl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is impressive~ Great shading, and I'm impressed that it was painted (more so because painting is difficult and I suck at it xD) 
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It just takes practice, I suppose, and dedication. We all have to start somewhere. After a while it becomes fun, if not even therapeutic, as this one was :) Thanks for commenting!
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A-NonnyMouseFangirl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see~ For the shadows, did you just mix a bit of black paint into the colors you were using or just use more or something? And no problem :)
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peet Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Apologies for the late reply. There are two strategies for the shadows, or lowlights, in painting. The first, as you say, is to mix the paint with darker colours (but not necessarily black), which is what is used to change the hue. The other is what's called saturation, i.e., simply using more of the same colour in the parts you want darkened. I usually use a combination of both, as in this case :)
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British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I've chosen you as the 8th person for my 200 Comments Project Challenge. Basically I'm giving comments to 200 different people in a time frame within a week :D (Big Grin)

Very impressive work! I really like how the visual aspects of the drawing ties in perfectly with the written text. The war patterns on the horse as well as the knight/warrior are so very well designed and the fantasy element is depicted in such an interesting and traditional way here ^^
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice idea, and I'm honoured to be eighth on the list ;) Thanks so much - I'm most pleased with your reference to the visual medium closely resembling the text, which is always something I strive for.
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British-Prophetess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much ;) And you're very welcome. I really like picking up on details and things :)
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MuseTerra Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Amazing work!
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Bookworm-Fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I love the detail
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  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 Nov 23, 2014  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 Nov 22, 2014  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 Nov 22, 2014  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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peet Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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untuox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
It's my pleasure.
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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
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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.
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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! :)
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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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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Ringil certainly succeeds here. 

Oh yes, that's true. In that case then I would make the cloth crease a little around the corners of the emblem, if you know what I mean. Just my opinion, though. 
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Perhaps you're right, in which case I'll think about it if such need arise again :)
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aha! Mission accomplished! ;)
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Is it your mission to get people to accept that you're good at constructive critique? ;)
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! ...Oh, wait, er, maybe. :D
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha!
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DernhelmfromMelian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
amazingly done!!!!
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Much obliged!
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Sieskja Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
That painting is wonderful!! ♥
I particularly love the horse's harness...

I've always wished to paint nice picture based of the Silmarillion since I've read it, but I feel so destabilized there are so few descriptions of the characters!!
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much - praise indeed coming from you. The beauty of the Silmarillion is that it gives your imagination the scope to wander quite far ... :)
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist
Hey...how much would an image like this cost? How long would it take to complete?
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jullianamarques Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! This is perfect! Congrats!! It's really perfect!
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looks good
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! This is amazing!! :D You make the Silmarilion come to life through this gorgeously detailed illustration! :)
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janetctran Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is as I imagined it. Lovely!
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