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See, Half-Brother! This Is Sharper than Thy Tongue


Mar 14 2007, 11:52pm

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See, Half-Brother! This Is Sharper than Thy Tongue Can't Post

"Fingolfin bowed before Finwe, and without a word or glance to Feanor he went from the chamber. But Feanor followed him, and at the door of the king's house he stayed him; and the point of his bright sword he set against Fingolfin's breast. 'See, half-brother!' he said. 'This is sharper than thy tongue. Try but once more to usurp my place and the love of my father, and maybe it will rid the Noldor of one who seeks to be the master of thralls.'

"These words were heard by many, for the house of Finwe was in the great square beneath the Mindon; but again Fingolfin made no answer, and passing through the throng in silence he went to seek Finarfin his brother."

The Silmarillion


This was one of the "artists' challenge" we did for Mythlore. The regular artists were all given this passage to illustrate, and the results were published in the subsequent issue. None of us had seen what the others had drawn. I loved the results. It was great seeing what the others had come up with.

Pen and ink.


Mar 15 2007, 12:00am

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Oh, I really like this one. / [In reply to] Can't Post


"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
~Oscar Wilde


Mar 15 2007, 1:16am

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I can feel the tension in that picture. [In reply to] Can't Post

Who are the male and female elf huddled together on the right?

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Mar 15 2007, 1:50am

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>>Who are the male and female elf huddled together on the right?

Just a couple of the eyewitnesses to Feanor's threat.


Mar 15 2007, 4:56am

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Love it! Intense. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Mar 17 2007, 6:46pm

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Very nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

This is one of my favorite scenes from The Silmarillion, and I'm glad to see your illustration of it.

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

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Mar 19 2007, 5:52pm

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One of my favorite scenes too, although.. [In reply to] Can't Post

it's unsettling to see Valinor as a place of tension and trouble. It never seems the "haven" to me that it should be, if this kind of mess could happen once (among elves!) it could happen again.

I think your costumes are wonderful, Wonderbroad.

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Mar 20 2007, 3:02am

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>>I think your costumes are wonderful, Wonderbroad.

Thank you. I sometimes get flak about this drawing, with people not so keen on Feanor's helmet. But I was only going by what was described by Tolkien: "And Feanor made a secret forge, of which not even Melkor was aware; and there he tempered fell swords for himself and for his sons, and made tall helms with plumes of red." (Emphasis mine here and below.)

And later: "...Feanor strode into the chamber, and he was fully armed: his high helm upon his head, and at his side a mighty sword."

(Both quotes from The Silmarillion)

So thanks for noticing the particulars. I appreciate it.


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