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Numenorean/Gondorian iconography

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May 31, 10:11pm

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New member here. Pardon me if this topic was allready discussed in the archives of the forum. Also excuse my english, as I am not a native speaker.

I am currently working on a personal project involving character concept art, focusing on costumes, creatures, weapons and armour of Middle Earth, that would be based on and expand upon the excelent designs by Weta Workshop. At his moment I am focusing on designing various branches of the 2nd Age Numenorean Army, fighting under the banner of Elendil, as seen in the FOTR battle of Dagorlad prologue scene. When designing military costumes that are supposed to have a feeling of authenticity and historicity to them, heraldry and icnography is key, especially in a setting with so much focus put on family trees as Middle Earth. However, after a while of constantly drawing variations of the same theme, a man can run out of ways to draw the icon of a tree, or wings.

I was wondering if Tolkien scholars here could help me out and tell me, if there are any other icons/symbol/pictographic themes associated with Numenour and Gondor, other than the usual White Tree/Winged Crown/Seven Stars of House of Elendil combo? It doesn't have to be something that Tolkien said as being specifically featured on the heraldry of Numenour or Gondor, but just any kind of visual theme that might be associated with it, will be useful. Something that features in Tolkien's writing about the two realms, that could be turned into a subject of icons or artistic ornamentation on the costumes and items of those kingdoms, and will fit with the style of themes of those cultures.

My other question is this - was there ever any mention in Tolkien's writing regarding some sort of elite, Numenorean warrior formation? Some kind of Honour Guard composed of the best warriors in the realm. The reason I am asking is that one of the character types I plan on doing, will be some sort of personal guard unit for Elendil, with it's own set of weapons, armour and fabrics, and any sort description from the original text (if there are any), would be useful. I could also use any inspiration for the name of such a formation, as I don't want to simply name them something as generic as Numenorean Royal Guard/Kingsguard/Huscarls etc.

Cheers and thanks in advance.

(This post was edited by Theprocrastinator on May 31, 10:14pm)

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Numenorean/Gondorian iconography Theprocrastinator Send a private message to Theprocrastinator May 31, 10:11pm
    Sounds like a cool project! IdrilLalaith Send a private message to IdrilLalaith Jun 1, 5:09am
        Thanks Theprocrastinator Send a private message to Theprocrastinator Jun 1, 7:07pm
    Elite Military Units of Gondor Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jun 1, 3:21pm
        Thanks for the suggestions Theprocrastinator Send a private message to Theprocrastinator Jun 1, 7:05pm
            Numenorean Arms & Armor Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jun 1, 7:35pm
    Unfinished Tales Shirriff Anthony Send a private message to Shirriff Anthony Jun 1, 7:09pm
    A couple ideas CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 1, 7:51pm
    Ideas. Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Jun 1, 8:06pm
    It probably wasn't a "national" army, so you have a lot more freedom than you might think squire Send a private message to squire Jun 1, 9:47pm
        There's material there Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Jun 3, 2:13am
    Numenorean Carpet Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Jun 3, 2:34am
    Númenórean illustrations Felagund Send a private message to Felagund Jun 4, 9:59pm
        Thanks for the suggestions Theprocrastinator Send a private message to Theprocrastinator Jun 5, 11:04am
            I just wanted to say Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Jun 5, 4:48pm


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