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Feanorians - Celegorm by Meisiluosi Feanorians - Celegorm by Meisiluosi
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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Libra1010 Mar 30, 2014  New member
 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!     
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Meisiluosi 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*
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Libra1010 Mar 30, 2014  New member
 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).
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Meisiluosi 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...:-)
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Libra1010 Mar 30, 2014  New member
 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.
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my oh! my ... Love +fav 
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tigersharkiv 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.
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This is a cool picture! Well done!
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Zireael07 Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love Huan. Awesome!
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:icondarkendrama:
Amazing work!!!
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