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Of Thingol and Melian by peet Of Thingol and Melian by peet
'He forgot then utterly all his folk and all the purposes of his mind, and following the birds under the shadows of the trees he passed deep into Nan Elmoth and was lost. But he came at last upon a glade under the stars, and there Melian stood; and out of the darkness he beheld her with hands outstretched, and the light of Aman was in her face.
No word she spoke but being filled with love Elwë came to her and took her hand; and straightaway a spell was laid on him, so that they stood thus, hand in hand, while long years were measured by the wheeling stars above them; and the trees of Nan Elmoth grew tall and dark ere they spoke any word to one another.'

JRR Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 4: Of Thingol and Melian

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LunarisLarva Featured By Owner May 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
I started rereading the Silmarillion today and stopped right before this chapter for the day! What a beautiful drawing!
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, it's always great to re-read that particular work - or any of Tolkien's works in fact ;) And I hope you approve of my take on Arda as you read through it :) Many thanks indeed for the comment.
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LunarisLarva Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   Traditional Artist
It really is! Your work is incredible. Also found and liked your facebook page! If you feel like it, check mine out too. Have a great day! www.facebook.com/nepenthesart
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, wonderful. I'll 'like' you this instant! :) And thanks again my friend! Really appreciate.
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TwiggyStone Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Oh, this is so pretty :heart: I've been reading The Silmarillion during my lunch breaks at work. I quite like these two ^^
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peet Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, lucky you! I hope you're enjoying the read, and yes these two are one of my favourite couples. Glad you approve of the portrayal!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
When I was younger I did not like these two but now I think they are awesome characters - well done portraying them!
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peet Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really interesting - how come you didn't like them? Thingol was perhaps a bit too proud and haughty, esp. in his treatment of Beren and his lust for the Silmaril. But then he softens up over Turin not so long after. As for Melian, I really can't think of much that is negative in her case - I'd be really interested to read your thoughts. Anyway, cheers!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you for asking though I am worried my answer will not be interesting to you. I read Silmarillion when I was a teenager and I was really annoyed by Thingol's and Melian's isolationist approach. My favorite character was Fëanor and some of his sons (obviously not the pathetic ones but Maedhros or Maglor were ok). I really liked their determination, I thought its tragic and beautiful. The fragment which I remember very well even though I read it more than 10 years ago is when Feanor dies and before his death, in a vision he sees that they will never manage to defeat Morgoth and that their cause is hopeless but still with his last breath, he urges his sons to keep their oaths and fight Morgoth I thought its is the epitome of defiance even against the fate. I am not sure if i am phrasing this right but compared to that Thingol and Melian seemed so local, minor and egocentric. They did not care about the world beyond the borders of their realm. They seemed dull and unambitious to me. Of course Feanor was egocentric as well but in a different way. Now that I am older my point of view is different and I like them much more. My wife does not like Feanor and we talked about it a number of times. I think I began to appreciate Thingol and Melian more under her influence. Wow, I never thought I would write such a long answer to this. I have a very personal attitude to Silmarillion if you know what I mean. Thanks again for asking - who was your favorite character? 
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peet Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
On the contrary, I found your answer fascinating! So it seems to me that you were a rebellious youth during your, erm, youth, and this is why you were fond of the Feanorians. But now in your maturity, you can see the wisdom of Thingol and Melian's stance ;-) What an interesting take! As for myself, I've never been the type to take sides in this way when it comes to characters that I like or dislike (not intended as criticism of course). I usually delight in the contrasts between their respective tempers and moods, which is usually what makes something enjoyable, at least to me. This is particularly nice in Tolkien's universe, I think, as there is indeed a lot of contrast in a myriad of ways. However, if pushed, I've always liked the good yet fallen/tainted characters, such as Boromir, Denthor, indeed Feanor  himself (though I really did like T&M too), and above all else, Turin Turambar. He was surely my favourite as I read the Silm for the first time - that's probably why I like to paint him so much too :)
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
This work is in my folder called Tolkien five years, but who drew was unknown, I'm glad I can see the whole gallery of the excellent work that I was inspired when they also tried to draw a bird in the corner such a nice detail ..
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peet Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, really? You've had this all this time? Well I'm very glad you've finally found me :-) Yes, that's one of Melian's nightingales; I think it's cute. Many thanks!
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
This nightingale?))), It was well taken care of it))) it is a whole partridge, so cute)


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peet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed, this is one of her less colourful nightingales, but a nightingale nonetheless. They can't all be wonderful and exotic ;)
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kimberly80 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
It is absolutely magical nightingale) it is immediately obvious nightingale Melian, in nature, they are small and greyish, and not immediately make out) I love telling detail is one of them, drew the attention)
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful Couple and perfect Drawing :)
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful couple indeed - one of my faves. Thank you so much!
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mine also :) I love them. beautiful work :)
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The first Tolkien love story out of the many important ones that followed their line ;)
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very true ^__^
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SummertheDirewolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wowwwwww, Bad-assery perfected.
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ;)
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DernhelmfromMelian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
they are my favourite couple in Silmarillion. Yeah I love Beren and Luthien as well but Melian is my favourite!!!! I am glad I found all your work in a same place!!! I don´t know why it took sooo long!!!! :-O
Anyways, I am happy!!!
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peet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I'm glad you've stumbled upon it also - keep coming back as I plan to update whenever I can, and I usually spend my time on Tolkien ;)
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Your work is featured in my journal...[link]
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peet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm much obliged!
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
You're most welcome, I love your work :love: :iconnewhugplz: :rose:
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Anharaggadh Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Oh my gosh I am blown away. This is fantastic. Such detail...such imaginative scope. Lovely lovely lovely. Thank you so much for bringing something so wonderful into the world. We (the world) are better for it, let me assure you.And Melian...Her face is so beautiful, her hair is amazing.And I want Melian dress! ^^
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I bow to such a gracious comment. What can I possibly say in response to this, other than thank you very much indeed. It's wholly appreciated.
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astro-gnome Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Oh, wow, this is absolutely beautiful! :meow:
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kiwidoc Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Thingol's face ins wonderful - it is both graceful and agular - just how I picture the elves to be.
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artemisa-69 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Such beautiful expressions fitting so well with the characters!!! I love it! :heart:
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petitedilly Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Who, it's amazing ! I love the noble-greek-mysterious look of Melian, and Thingol fits well the book's description...
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Ludi-Price Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful Melian, very fey and distinguished. The wide-eyed look for Thingol is kind of ...unexpected, but I can see how you wanted to make that distinction between the two - very difficult since they're both very distinguished characters; but obviously he is, to quote the old adage, 'out of her league'. LOL. Hope you have the time to paint/post more artwork soon. :hug:
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I always imagined Thingol to have grown in stature THROUGH his relationship with Melian, even if he was one of the greatest Eldar originally. Thanks for the comment sis :-)!
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Mr-Fufflesworth Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
i love her eyes, they very dremy/bette davis
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ohwestley Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Great work!
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Degare Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been so Peet-art deprived for 2 years! (my fault, not you ;))
I still love your style.
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, partly my fault. A huge percentage. I don't paint as often as I'd like to anymore :(
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Degare Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, both our faults then :) When I moved to Edinburgh and began working full-time I produced abcolutely zero art. (Although I was writing more, which actually helped more when I DID get back to drawing :D) Then when I moved back to Chatham and joined the unemployment line, I suddenly got all arty again. Now I'm back at work, but I'm determined to keep up the art ... it'll just take a little longer to finish one picture ;)
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peet Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Work really does get in the way, but one has to make a living, no? I'm doing an MA in intellectual history now, so I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get too much time for painting. But if I tire of reading for an hour or two, hopefully I can get the watercolours out now and again and get some things done. Good luck to you! I'm still a great admirer of your work.
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Degare Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're going to have to elaborate on "intellectual history" because all kinds of things are popping into my head right now! :D But yes, work is necessary evil. I've gone back to the writing side of things lately because that's something I can secretly do when I'm supposed to be working! ;)
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
'Intellectual matters – ideas – can be seen both as events in time and as possessed of meaning. Intellectual history combines these two perspectives. It treats past ideas as historical phenomena just like battles or famines; but unlike famines, ideas have a meaning intended by their authors, and unlike battles, the meaning of ideas may have content beyond that intended by their perpetrators. This raises important questions about the relationship between intellectual history and all other forms of history – political, social, economic, institutional. This is also to say that intellectual history is fundamentally interdisciplinary and that it eschews the universalistic and (often) a-historical pursuits of philosophy by placing thinkers and concepts in their various contexts and milieus.' ;-)

Heh heh, I like the idea of your covert writing. When you're published one day, it shall add to the intrigue and mysticism!
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raphi-kun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
i love it....
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009   Digital Artist
Thingol looks surprised ;) Wonderful come back! :)
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
My impression of Thingol's first sight of Melian resembles his future son in law's first sight of his daughter many years later. 'Besotted' would be an understatement :p
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Gala-maia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I love the story of Melian and Thingol, the love of them was strong to defeat the ages of time...Great masterpiece
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Faeriedivine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful scene :heart:
Nice to see you back! :aww:
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KidaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Glad to have you posting again. Thingol and Melian are, to me, the most romantic couple in all Tolkien. I like them even better than Beren and Luthien. The passage you replicated above is so beautiful and you've captured it perfectly.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
It's wonderful to see you posting once more. Wonderful piece.
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