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Melkor and Hurin by edarlein Melkor and Hurin by edarlein
"Yet I may come at you, and all your accursed house; and you shall be broken on my will, though you all were made of steel. And he took up a long sword that lay there and broke it before the eyes of Hurin." (JRR Tolkien, Narn i hin Hurin).
It is not based only on Tolkien's Narn i hin Hurin, but also inspired by The Black book of Arda by Elhe Niennah
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artist much would an image like this cost? How long would it take to complete?
JeffLafferty Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good
colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very nice interpretation!
HelliDeVain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
great :) !
Eoglin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Ysera23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Love this!
erzsebet-beast Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Книгу с удовольствием прочитала, и уже долго-долго собираюсь что-нибудь нарисовать.
Очень порадовало наличие "другого" Мелькора вообще в изображениях
Zayrman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I am a fan of Arda. It's... very nice.
Awesome !
Rain-drop Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student
This is beautiful...I can really feel the sentiment in that quote in this piece...I love the subdued color.
sillmarill Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
first i know artisitic freedom is allowed but morgoth couldnt appear as tihs in that period cuz the darkness and hate consumed him so much taht his demonic visage remained until the end of the time...and i dont think taht hurin would just look at him like that..but still its good i guess
JASON9000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I like it. Personally the only time I imagined Morgoth as the this demon was when he went to Ungoliant. After that he had what looked like a fair but dark form in a way. Kind of like Galadriel in the first movie when she tries to take the Ring.
consolo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
отличная иллюстрация) и галерея сногсшибательная
Morrauka Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
ЧКА вида сразу, но работа просто восхитительная!
мне нравится, как сильно Вы смогли передать атмосферу книги...
Paddyeahh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Writer
I love this drawing!
MaggiSakura Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yoy know I just read the whole Silmarillion and there wasn´t any scene like this. Could it be that I missed it?
edarlein Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Really, there isn't such scene in Silmarillion. As I wrote in comments, it's an illustration of Narn i Hin Hurin.
herr-garrett Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I've always found this scene a bit confusing. What's that stuff with the sword? Why should a sword just be lying on the summit of Thangorodrim?
guzanof Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
angelus-malpertuus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
A very interesting portrayal of Melkor. It's intriguing to think that such a handsome looking being is in fact the greatest enemy of Arda. This is much better than all those wannabe-Melkor drawings where he is portrayed as a monster with the silmarills glowing somewhere on his head.
keyworkkid Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
I like that you didn't draw him as a demon looking thing. But maybe he went through a transformation like sauron did after he was let go.
Amduscian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
It's funny, they look almost the same, though one is a god and the other merely man. But I guess Hurín was the strongest of man, being able to resist the tortures even of Morgoth. So I'd say Morgoth rather abused his form so much that he became more like men than Valar. Beautiful picture, I like that they look so similar, because it depicts this above very well. but that might just be my view at it :p
TheSangson Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hm.I know the two from a book called the Silmarillion,which I´ve recently read.
I tell ya I was quite surprised to now find a pic referring to the old ages by coincidence.
It´s refreshing besides all these "Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn"-one-like-the-other-pics (I all the stuff just and only referring to the movies,that is).
While reading the book,I strongly wanted to draw something inspired by it,too,but somehow I didn´t have the courage to begin such a task..Well about the work itself,I very much like the light in it and the athmosphere this creates.It´s just as melancholic and sinister as all the stories takin place after the time of the two trees.Manwe would be proud of you.
Lumaris Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love the way you drew this. I haven't read either books you mentioned, but they sound compelling to read. Keep it up :heart:
LadyGrimbones Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Awesome drawing, I LOVE the way you did the fabric.

moondaughterstory Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Awesome picture! I loved the book...even though it is quite sad.
Kath-13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!! :clap::clap:
The-MoonSquid Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
You are truly amazing. You capture the moments in the beautiful, epic way that I try to imagine them in...
Cancelius Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Why aren't there more people like you? This is absolutely fantastic! Seriously, looks like an illustration out of the book itself. Perfectly executed, although technically by now Fëanor had announced Melkor to be Morgoth, the Black Enemy, and that was the name for him thereon after, until the last battle in the end of Arda. Also, he's too pretty. He's the dark enemy of all living things, and even though he's not exactly a monster, I doubt he'd be such a prettyboy :( But that's just my opinion.

Looking at your other pictures you seem like one of the best artists I've seen as of yet on DeviantArt. You wouldn't mind me putting you on my Watchlist? Also, I'm so favoring this :)
edarlein Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Thank you very much for these kind words! :) As for Melkor, I wrote in the comments, that it's also an illustration to The Black Book of Arda, the main idea of which is that really Melkor wasn't the enemy. Correspondingly, he wasn't a monster (like the other portrayals of him).
Cancelius Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
What in the name of a kindly god is the Black Book of Arda, and why haven't I read it? No wait, wikipedia...

Oh that's what it is. I strongly doubt that Tolkien himself would have liked such a book. But whatever rings your bells and rocks your boats =p
MasterKocken Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say I fell in love with this picture.

Absolutely beautiful you sure captured the moment.

And the shading...I wish I could do shading like that.:-)

Great stuff keep it up.
edarlein Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Thanks :)
ethuil88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
very beautiful artwork :clap:
edarlein Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Thanks a lot :)
Almeruve Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
This piece is absolutely fantastic! The detail is amazing, and the movement of the clothes, and the mood,...I love it!
KasperGustavsson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Student Photographer
Cool :)
VampireVengeance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist
Great detail. Splendid work! :aww:
fegie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
The atmosphere is so well depicted... very heavy. I like it. :)
Skullbastard Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Beautiful work. I did this scene also but mine was from the original book. I've seen the rest of your gallery as well. You are very talented.
Barazinbar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Oh wow. When I first saw this I thought it was by John Howe and had somehow been left out of the book. Really!
edarlein Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
What a compliment! Thank you :)
madscientist47 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
I love the detail work- it must have taken you ages! Melkor looks wonderfully undemonic, lots of people seem to forget that he was one of the Valar as well. *faves*
Starspirit42 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student General Artist
I agree, I always imagine Melkor more as a person rather than this nasty demonic monster looking thing that we see so often in fanart. I did imagine him to be massive but i assume he can change his size at will :P.

The art is gorgeous :)
edualym1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Photographer
he was a person... but he did not have the power to change appearance as he willed after the theft of the Silmarils. The Silmarillion states, "Once again the wore the guise which of old he had as tyrant of Utumno, a Dark Lord great and terrible; but that power he would soon loose forever..."
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