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Bor with his sons by Meisiluosi Bor with his sons by Meisiluosi
A Silmarillion piece...
In case you've forgotten who Bór was:
A chieftain of Men from the east of Middle-earth, who entered Beleriand late in the First Age. He secretly allied himself with Morgoth, and then entered the service of Maedhros and Maglor holding the northeastern passes. He renounced his alliance with the Dark Lord, though, and served the Sons of Fëanor faithfully.
One of those many things I've always kinda liked about Fëanorians - their willingness to ally with Easterlings. I've always perceived it as a commendable lack of prejudice.
In any case - I suppose my current obsession with HK movies shows in this one...:-)
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Unfortunately the Noldor became prejudiced against the Easterlings because of Uldor and others of his ilk. Still I like Bor and his clan because they were proof that all Men could see the Light and desire it, and turn away from Darkness. I do like the Eastern motifs, since it seems that the Easterlings of that time had only recently come to Beleriand and had not yet taken to copying the Elves yet in dress and armament. The fur-trimmed cloaks are both fashionable and practical, since winters could be fierce, and TOlkien intimated that the Dark Lords and their chief servants could extend or heighten winter weather.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 For my money the most admirable characters at The Battle of Tears Unnumbered, right up there with Hurin and Huor; when faced with the ruin of all others hopes and the chance of turning coat to save their own skins, they held by their chosen master and died hewing down the greatest betrayer of that treacherous day.   
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I always had a softspot for Bor and his sons. Courageous and trustworthy. Too bad they get so little attention.
amlugwen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
his sons are rather good looking

he too, never mind

absolutangel04 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! This is superb. :)
NonieR Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Wonderful! (Both the picture and your commentary.)
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the ancient Middle Eastern (Babylonian, Egyptian) look of their helmets and armor...
Andreth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the details on the robes. So rich! I had never seen a drawing of the Easterlings. When someone draws those characters nobody draws it really makes my day :)
jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow dude, that's pretty rockin. And I have to say I think this is the first time I have ever seen anyone try to draw the easterlings. I always pictured them as somewhat Asian looking myself. Great job.
DrDeath153 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fine rendition of a criminally under-illustrated group of characters in Tolkien's universe. The attention to detail is superb, i only feel that they lack a distinctively middle-earth touch to raise them out of the kind of 'mongol/slavic' image.
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right. Fact is - being a Slav and a fan of anything eastern, I didn't even try...:-) But, hopefully, I am not done with Easterlings yet - I may try to add some middle-earth touches next time, if just for the heck of it...;-) Thanks for the pointer.
marmota-b Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
This is so lively... They look very real, real characters. And the shading and costume details are awesome!
Maitia Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the way you've given them slightly Asian features so as to underline that they're from the east. Great work on the shadows, especially the ones on Bór's face (I assume Bór is the one in the foreground, as he seems to be the eldest). Also, I really admire you for the amount of details you've put into their clothes and armour. I guess I'm just not as patient.
:clap: All hail! :clap:
kika1983 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008   General Artist
very good detailed pic:)nice shading!
eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I admit I am biased, because I re-read Silmarillion (and the Lord of the Rings, and Unfinished Tales, and the Hobbit) last summer, and I look with a particularly friendly eye at anything that evokes Tolkien's universe.

I am also biased, because I like your work very much.

That said, your depictions of the Feanorians, along with this one of Bor and his sons, fit perfectly with the mood I have for these characters. They have a feel of an old and distant Europe (for lack of a better way of describing it), with a certain weight in their countenance and bearing, which I often miss in the various illustrations I come across.
peet Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! :+fav:
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It lives... It lives!
;-) Thanks... Hope others will forgive me for the special treatment you're getting, but long time no see...:-)))
haisuliolenma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
I adore this picture! You have great talent.
endless-spirit Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007   Traditional Artist
You do really good stuff!
Murrauddin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Gives me shivers (of admiration)!

Of course, Bor and his sons are initially from the Silmarillion, but they are only mentioned there. That's why this picture reminds me rather of Russian fanfiction novel "Beyond the Dawn" by Olga Brileva (Chigirinskaya): their "ethnographic" looks and personalities seem very close to the characters described in it (there's a lot of details in this book about Bor and the way of life of Easterlings).

Have you seen the illustrations to the Silmarillion and Beyond the Dawn by :icontuuliky: on DeviantArt?
Qitian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! The contrast and detail you manage to convey in the monochrome leave me jealous, and I'm always delighted to see less-famous characters from the Silm portrayed...
<s>especially if they have to do with the Fëanorians. :D</s>
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