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Ah, well... Updated Celegorm. I grew *quite* unhappy with the previous one. I'm much more satisfied with this version, though I may consider uploading a better scan.

I changed my mind about the hair colour... He's sort of gold-ish brown-haired now.

With Huan, again. I hate drawing wolfhounds... I hold no grudges against wolfhounds themselves, but I really *hate* drawing them...;-)
But Huan belongs with his master, y'know... (Abandoning Celegorm for that banshee of a woman was so unkind of Huan, really...)
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heartofoshun Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2015
It has a lot of intense characterization. I love the layout. The contrast of Huan with Celegorm and the color choices really engage me. One of my absolute favorite interpretations of Celegorm.
frozencharm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Amazing picture of Celegorm. Incidentally he and Curufin and Feanor, were my favourite Sil characters. I always felt that he and Curufin were short-shrifted by Tolkien and turned into cardboard convenience villains - the whole "lusting/wanting to rape" Luthien just doesn't go with the whole tone of Sil, and for that matter Tolkien's Middle Earth. Add to the fact that Luthien was (with all due respect to Professor Tolkien) one of the biggest Marysues I have ever had the misfortune of reading - when she magically grew out her hair, threw down the walls of Morgoth, made every man who ever saw her want to get into her pants, healed Beren from death countless times, sang to Namo, every time she sang for that matter - my eyebrows just disappeared into my hair. 
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm more into Maedhros&Caranthir. Celegorm and Curufin were just too nasty sometimes. I like them a great deal (Celegorm especially) - but I just prefer Maedhros trying to keep things somehow together and Caranthir just trying to mind his own business. :-) (And yes, I love Maglor, too - but his willingness to give up on the Oath in the end just rubs me the wrong way. Probably it *was* the wisest course of action at that time - but I just like my Fëanorians as stubborn as mules...:-))
Still, Celegorm was originally meant to be so much more interesting and I am kinda sorry that Tolkien did away with Celegorm as the lord of Nargothrond. Just imagine that lovely conflict between two Oaths. The family business clashing with the oath given to Barahir. Where Curufin would still only be bound with ONE Oath (so add potential conflict *within* the family to the picture).
As much as I love Finrod, I'd happily do without him if I got THAT.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Still more unkind was the resolve of his old master to strive to make the Lady Luthien his wife against her clearly-expressed wishes to the contrary ('Rapist' is an ugly word but would not have been inappropriate had he achieved the purpose set for him by Brother Crafty); had his master been as willing to see through the self-serving ambitions of Curufin and chose a better path than that which he took following at his brother's heel he might have won himself a higher place in my esteem.

 I must admit that when thinking on Celegorm the Fair, I find it hard not to see him as rather a wolfhound in elvish form; more like a borzoi than the Great Dog of Ireland, very pedigree and very pretty but quite terrifying after you see him prove that his forefathers tore into wild beasts for a living - and even worse when following the orders of a crafty, selfish master in furtherance of his ambition.

 By the way, I must say that your depiction of The Hound of Valinor is one of my favourite things about this piece; he looks every inch the 'Liam Neeson of Dogs' that I tend to think of him as!     
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never liked Beren and Lúthien much, so I'm biased.
In any case, I think it's a real shame that the old version of Celegorm as the lord of Nargothrond didn't survive into later editions. Not that I dislike Finrod or anything - but Tolkien threw away a totally fascinating, awesomely complex character there. Not to mention the wonderful twist that the potential conflict between Celegorm and Curufin might have been. *sigh*
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Fair enough, to each their own favourites!:) (Smile) 

 You make a good point about the conflict, but I'm too fond of old Nom to wish him replaced by Celegorm (not least because I'm not too fond of the bloody-handed Sons of Feanor in general; remarkable individuals, but not exactly admirable - rather like their father in that respect).
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, without them the 1st Age wouldn't have been half as interesting...:-)

I must say that, being a moral relativist and in many key respects pretty much bound Eastward (including philosophical, ethical and religious leanings), I've always been a bit (OK, a lot) at odds with Tolkien's Christian dualism. I still deeply admire all his work and respect his vision, but Sons of Fëanor (and, to a lesser extent, their dad) just strike a very harmonious cord with me. And I'm afraid I'm not reading Silmarillion quite as Professor intended it to be read...;-)
So, with some pre-Nirnaeth exceptions, they might not have been quite admirable - but (to me) they are very relatable.

As for the Celegorm thing - I'd prefer a single rich, tragic character to the Silmarillion version (i.e. one fairly straightforward villain and one similarly straightforward goody-two-shoes, even though I do like them both).

Aaand that's the beauty of Ardaverse. Draws all sorts of people with all sorts of preferences...:-)
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Indeed - as one of my other correspondents puts it, part of the fun of reading the Middle-Earth Mythic Cycle is the sheer number of possible interpretations offered by the various traditions and partial information.
emmiko28 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
my oh! my ... Love +fav 
Indefiknight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I can't say that I agree with your assessment of Lúthien, however...

I do think you did a great job, there is a lot of emotion here and it's probably the best depiction I've Huan I've seen.
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This is a cool picture! Well done!
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love Huan. Awesome!
Darkendrama Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Amazing work!!!
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The details are lovely :)
Tinnesan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Gorgeous, I always imagined Huan as wolfhound. And I have great weakness for all sons of Feanor
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Frankly, if I did this today, I'd go for a less wolfhound-ish and more primitive, wolf-like look. I don't care if Huan IS a wolfhound, I just don't find the Irish wolfhound (at least the modern variety) cool or dignified enough.
Doegred Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
"that banshee of a woman" Seriously? He abducts her and later tries to kill her and Beren, while she spares his and Curufin's lives and she's the banshee? No, Huan was right on this one.
Meisiluosi Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lúthien is a Mary Sue and I don't like her or her boyfriend. Their story is the weakest part of Silmarillion. So yes - that banshee of a woman...:-] ;-p
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I. Love. It. Celegorm really looks like Celegorm!
VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome :dalove:
MELARka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
good work!
Autumn-Hills Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional Writer
Best Celegorm with Huan picture I have yet seen. It must have hurt him deep when Huan aided Beren and Luthien over him.
Murrauddin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Remarkable coloured pencil drawings!

Is the "previous version" the one where Celegorm is short-haired? In my opinion, Huan is more expressive and lifelike on the first one. But this new portrait of his master is really impressive,showing his pent-up feelings...
Elenai Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Woow, instant :+fav: :)
Sirielle Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007   Digital Artist
"Abandoning Celegorm for that banshee of a woman was so unkind of Huan, really..."

Totally agree. Let's blame the music of Ainur for that, not the poor doggie ;)

Beautiful Celegorm, there is something sad in his face. Totally different from my vision, yet so true.Elves, they have got many real faces but are very hard to capture. You did it here :)
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