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Meal With a King by Elaini-the-Mystic
Meal With a King

High-Elven king Finrod Felagund (Findaráto Ingoldo), Galadriel's eldest brother in the First Age in Nargothrond, which he founded. If you haven't been familiar with his story, it can be found in The Silmarillion. Character belogs to J.R.R. Tolkien. The art is my own, not to be used without my permission.

I put much more details in this picture than I originally intended to, so I guess I should explain them.

Finrod's posture: He doesn't strike me in the book as a king who's strict with code. He's actually amazing friend material, and very caring for all the free peoples. That's why he looks quite casual, and curious (at the viewer).

Finrod's clothing: It's like a silky morning robe, but fit for a king. I decided to go for calm colours on top, but I gave a dash of Noldorin fieriness with red, as well.

Finrod's crown: In Lay of Leithian it's told that the crown of Nargothrond is silver. The crown design is my own, however – a bit more abstract form of Finrod's ring (Ring of Barahir, later used by Barahir, Beren and Aragorn).

Nargothrond diet: Living at riverside, I figured that the Nargothrondrim would eat plenty of fresh fish and shellfish, so I gave Finrod some bread, oysters and fruits. One of the fruits is lemon, because it's used with oysters and was known in medieval cuisine.

Harpist statue / fountain: Nargothrond and Menegroth were both mighty caverns, and in my mind both must have been very lively and not at all dark. So I gave this particular room a harpist statue and water falls steadily through it (and the halls), so it looks like she's playing strings of flowing water. A harp also fits Finrod's character rather well.

Noldorin lamp: Behind the statue. Pale blue crystal lamp of Noldorin craft, as described when Tuor arrives to Gondolin for the first time, or the Fellowship to Lothlórien.

Stalactites: Dwarves helped with building Nargothrond. In one point Gimli explains to Legolas about how a Dwarf wouldn't touch the natural beauty of stone, such as an Elf wouldn't cut down a healthy and beautiful tree, but rather builds around it. So the glittering stalactites are actually Dwarven heritage in that room.

Daz 3D and Photoshop used – though mostly Photoshop.

DA stock used: Plums by ik-ben-10eke  Lemons Stock by jojo22 Green Apple Side by wintersmagicstock PNG RED APPLE by Moonglowlilly Grapes harvest 4 by steppelandstock

Once upon a time Tolkien forbid Disney to make a movie of his books, because he knew that they heavily alter the storyline for their movies. But Disney is just a part of Hollywood. As we have seen from "The Hobbit Trilogy" thus far, Warner Brothers and Hollywood in general is capable of doing exactly the same. Different studio, same old story of altering the original storylines.

I do realize that books and movies are different things and work in a different way, but at least Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was more accurate despite the rewritten scenes. Would The Hobbit Trilogy have been more true to the book if New Line Cinema which made LotR films would have been in charge? Most likely we'll never find out.

I'll give an excerpt from Christopher Tolkien's interview from Le Monde:

Invited to meet Peter Jackson, the Tolkien family preferred not to. Why? "They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25," Christopher says regretfully. "And it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film."

This divorce has been systematically driven by the logic of Hollywood. "Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away."

Does this mean that Christopher thinks that it's too late to save the Hobbit and Lotr for now? At least he will protect The Silmarillion from any commercial movie and game adaptations, and that's a relief of a measure.

Hollywood used to be able to make good movies without a mandatory plot of action and romance seen ever so often now a days, offering something more than just entertainment - food for thought. One of the shining examples of such era was Charles Chaplin, and he was one among the intelligent directors who Hollywood got rid of. Whether they did it for politics, money or both is being sometimes speculated.

It saddens me that I've seen people discussing about the "lore" in movies, meaning the "movie lore". For me the book lore is the true and only Tolkien lore and for this, I would not call the "movie lore" as a lore at all. It's a different thing to write an original lore than to rewrite or modify the lore of someone who worked on it through his whole life. It's misinformation, but what saddens me even more is that some of the people now give their blessing to Jackson to change the key parts of the book when they know what happens in the book.

I heard many people having fun in the theatre while I saw the movie, but after I see the movies having such an impact, I can't help but thinking "Jackson, what have you done"? On the other hand, some of the ideas were also Guillermo del Toro's - axe on Bifur's head at least is, being a pun of "bifurcated". The duo has been making Dwarf jokes so diligently that it's almost hard to believe that they are the same folks who once built Khazad-Dûm.

I doubt whether Jackson and del Toro even try to appeal to the book readers any longer, as long as WB and MGM get their share of money, and this swap of audience sometimes shows. I have seen the two first movies once, but would I go see the third one? Honestly, I really don't know anymore if it's worth it. I fear that I might get shocked even more than thus far.

And even if a movie fails in being faithful to the storyline and it's thought, it's not the end of the world. We still have our own creativity to expand Middle-Earth and Aman with - and that was also a part of J.R.R.'s vision. Seeing your original visions in art is most welcome.
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Annastiina Salonen
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I'm a female born in 1983, and as you might have guessed by having a peek in my profile, I'm a big Tolkien fan like I have been for over 10 years. And yes, I have read the books a lot as well. I do draw, paint, 3D model and photoshop things myself, and I'll upload things in my gallery when I have time for it.

What I'm looking for here is Tolkienverse related fan art, of course, and I'm especially fond about the Elves (to be precise: Eldar and the house of Finarfin). I will favourite other things as well. I'm very much enjoying to see all the talent and like minded people around, and I'll maybe pick inspiration and lessons myself. What I'm looking for is mainly classic art and photo manipulation.

I don't consider myself as too strict as a fan, because I know that a lots of fun is always to be had. What comes to the fan art of Silmarillion, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Unfinishes Tales, I also do accept humor and romance art showing some more intimate moments, as long as they're tastefully done. Nonetheless, I still don't personally like shipping like it's known in fan art or fanfics.

By the shipping I mean pairing characters with each other in the way they weren't meant to be in the original stories, regardless of sexual orientation. I would rather create entirely new characters in that universe if want to create new romances in fanfic material. I prefer respecting the original author's ideas, which in the case of my fandom is J.R.R. Tolkien - after all, the characters are his, not ours.

The main point: if you want me to favourite your work, please don't change the original stories too much. I think that presenting any unnamed spouses in family trees as well as "missing moments" is OK.

With this all being said, I hope to see you all more.

Also take a look at my mother's artist website, She makes paintings which are crossovers of modern and classic art, and her website is my own creation.

Groups I support: :juggle: :juggle:


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