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Gwindor's Death by peet Gwindor's Death by peet
‘On that day, the pride and host of Nargothrond withered away; and Orodreth was slain in the forefront of the battle, and Gwindor son of Guilin was wounded to the death. But Túrin came to his aid, and all fled before him; and he bore Gwindor out of the rout, and escaping into a wood there laid him on the grass.
Then Gwindor said to Túrin: ‘Let bearing pay for bearing! But ill-fated was mine, and vain is thine; for my body is marred beyond healing, and I must leave Middle-earth. And though I love thee, son of Húrin, yet I rue the day that I took thee from the Orcs. But for thy prowess and thy pride, still I should have love and life, and Nargothrond should yet stand a while. Now if thou love me, leave me! Haste thee to Nargothrond and save Finduilas. And this last I say to thee; she alone stands between thee and thy doom. If thou fail her, it shall not fail to find thee. Farewell!’

JRR Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 21: Of Túrin Turambar

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Painted in watercolour.

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Cuthillius Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the background here.
peet Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - me too. Moreso than the figures of course, which look very much like my earlier attempts ;)
maglor20 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
This is beautiful.
peet Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's non-canonical, however - Turin should really be dressed in black, but I did not know this in 2002 ;)
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliant!
peet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like - its one of my earliest in the gallery :)
deviant-rohain Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
wow...breathtakingly amazing
silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Very good. this part is very saddening.
helgath Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
haven't read the book, but I was instantly captivated by this beautiful artwork :)
MissStark Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome interpretation of one of my favourite scenes in that book, so beautiful and tragic. I love the colour and light, and all the detail.
RePietEnterprises Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Professional Writer
This is beautifully done! It's so hard to find art featuring Gwindor, since he's one of the unsung characters in the Silmarillion, so it's very nice to see someone took the time needed in order to make a high quality piece like this. What a tragic character Gwindor is... Fourteen years in Morgoth's 'care' and he managed to escape without revealing any information about Nargothrond... I suppose that mixture of courage and affliction is what led me to role-play him on LiveJournal. *laughs* Wonderful work!

Aradiliel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
I absolutely love this piece!:love: Gwindor is one of my favorite characters, and I always felt so sorry for him! I think that this painting does justice to one of the most tragic (in my opinion) scenes in the Silmarillion.
aautio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
Astounding.. This is such a memorable and sad scene, and you have captured it perfectly! the composition.. the emotion.. Túrin's grief and Gwindor's calm acceptance of death and the peace it brings him at last. Their equipment looks wonderful and detailed, but once again it's the background that really blows me away.. That amazing glowing light and those trees ablaze with the fiery colours of autumn leaves.. :wow: Are you sure you are not Alan Lee using a false name..? :XD:
carolin54323 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
You're so good at these "*insert character here* lay dying" scenes, and I like this one even more than the Boromir and Aragorn one. A stunning background with stunning trees. At the rate you're going I'm going to have :+fav:ed your entire gallery!
anez-erynlis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow this is... I haven't words to describe it :love:
peet Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Again, thank you :D!
Interference Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005   Digital Artist
Very nice background. I like the texture and shading of the foreground trees a lot. Nice work on the clothes/arms. I like the faces you gave these two very much. Turin in particular looks very much as I have always imagined him, although yours has much longer hair (which I like a lot).

Despite the fact that Gwindor is dying here, my thoughts and attention are riveted on Turin. The poor guy led such an unbelievably tragic life.
peet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. I guess this is afterall Turin's tale, so as an illustrator I feel he should be given a strong sense of emotion and emphasis when portraying him, even if he isn't the one dying in this particular scene. Concerning his long hair, I imagine he grew it very long during his many years living as an outlaw in the wilderness, and that once in Nargothrond he would simply keep it that way (but more groomed and tidy, I would think;)).
whiteblur Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2004   Photographer
I love this! (Although I haven't read the Silmarillion yet.... but I started! i'll finish it. sometime. =) )
tanuki-dono Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004
Somehow I missed this one before. Hrmmm. I love the color use in this one. It is very balanced. I love the light coming through the trees... So very lovely. It sets off the auburn colors of the leaves, which you captured perfectly. And the characters---what the picture of grief! It's haunting--I can't really describe it. It *does* reach out to the viewer profoundly though. Tears at the heart. ;__;
peet Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks again. You haven't got to these two characters in 'The Silmarillion' yet, have you?
tanuki-dono Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004
No, I haven't. But I adore the artwork all the same. AND when I get to it, I'll probably imagine this in the back of my mind.
stalker-of-elves Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
WOAH! nice,...sad....but nice
peet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
You're stalking me, are you? Hmm, maybe I'll get on your 'friend's list'! ;)
stalker-of-elves Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
yes I am stalking you....:) CUZ I LOVE YOU ARTWORK :worship: you kick some evil orc ass....and I mean that in the best way! :hug: for you!
takarajewels Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2003
That's beautiful... simply beautiful...
oceanborn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2003
T'is but a flesh wound!

Um...okay...bad joke.

Amazing piece....your work is so beautiful :-) (Smile) *sighs a jealous i'd kill to have your skills sigh*
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2002  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Tolkien and especially Silmarillion.
And this illustration is really beautiful.
beleg Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2002
wow, so much feelings in it =) (Smile)

I love the background, the lights, the colors ...

continue;) (Wink)
vomitfukker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2002
Ok, I don't like Tolkien, but this picture is really good. Excellent work!
gabrialfalling Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
ok. i commented on this once, and it seems to have disappeared.

dont remember what i said, but i really like this and faved it. just so u know.

lordcrusan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
Outstanding!!! Great scene i love ur style.
perkan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002  Professional Traditional Artist



:o (Eek)

Ok, Pete... I *know* I have said it before... but this IS definately, without any doubts whatsoever, your greatest piece yet. I have sitting here just staring with my whole face on the forest-work, the shading, the lights, hell, the whole fantastic masterpiece overall! You've acheived a perfect emotional atmosphere here. Perhaps Túrin's face could show a tad more grief; perhaps spare a tear or two. But this is an almost non-existing flaw(if one can call it that at all) in my opinion and doesnt at any points destroy this stunning accomplishment. This is an instant fav! Great work my friend!Worship Thumbs Up Horns
aud Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
this is probably one of my favs.. because of the colors.. and the details.
ness730 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
Everyone's said it already. It's wonderful. The details you put into it are exquisite. Clap
raphi-kun Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
Wonderfully done, you catched the right feelings of the story...Nod
abaddon36 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2002
Beautiful work! convey's allot of feelings. the lighting is done beautifully.
ravenpain Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
whoa... i dont know what to say... GREAT FEELING! I love this.
gerwalk Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
0_0 yea, this is your best one
lilfrog Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is good...perhaps my favourite of you pieces to date w00t!
snail-lady Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
This paniting truly tells us the story. Just beautiful.
serendipity-x- Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
No words could covey how much I love this... Wonderful work.... +fav :) (Smile)
funeralfaerie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002   Photographer
Very touching. And as I am left without much witty words, I merely will say this conveys great, cryptic beauty.
addielikes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutly beautiful...+fav
ctw Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002  Hobbyist
Excellent illustration as always. I love your work! The details in the trees & clothing especially Nod Thank you! I have you listed in my journal as one of my fav artists who should have a print account ;) (Wink)
designnrg Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002  Professional Digital Artist
senorphrog Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
Wow. You *painted* this. Dude. You'll have to pardon my l33t but...m4d sk1llz!!! The lighting in the forest is awesome and eerie. There's emotion there, too, which is very cool, but it's kind the style of those old medieval stained glass paintings, where the characters are almost--figures, geometric in their way, but still with much detail within the panes of glass..Wow. I don't know enough Tolkien to recall fondly this scene, but your description at least defined where it sprouts from! Excellent job overall. My only problem is that the hair, especially the one dude, whoever's dying--Oh, right, Gwindor, duh >.
sMeezorz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
ya, thats cool.
gabrialfalling Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2002
no words...

breath taken away

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