High-Elven king Finrod Felagund (a.k.a Findaráto Ingoldo Artafindë Arafinwion) in the First Age in Nargothrond, which he founded. He was Galadriel’s eldest and closest brother, also known with the titles "the Fair", "the Wise" and "the Beloved," being very similar to Galadriel in traits, abilities of magic and attractiveness.
If you haven’t been familiar with his story, it can be found in The Silmarillion and in HoME series, but in a nutshell it is: Finrod was born in Aman, and when the rebellion of Fëanor erupted, he crossed Helcaraxë to Beleriand. In there he loved to travel often and learn anything new that he could, and he was an open-minded friend to all the Free Peoples. Once he was the first out of Eldar to discover the race of Men - the kindred of Beör. When Barahir, from the kindred of Beör, saved his life, he swore on oath to help him in need.
The oath was fulfilled with Barahir’s son Beren who was in love with the Elven princess Lúthien, but he had to prove his worth to King Thingol, her father before marriage. Discovered by Sauron on their secret mission, Finrod dared to challenge him face to face to the battle of magic songs. Sauron won the battle, and so Finrod and Beren were captured. When a werewolf threatened to devour Beren in the dungeon, Finrod used his last powers of magic to free and sacrifice himself so Beren could live. But he was soon resurrected for his great deeds and he returned in Aman to Amarië, his long-awaited bride.
Beren and Lúthien became ancestors to the Elven line of Elrond, and the Human line of Dúnedain (rangers). Finrod’s family ring, the Ring of Barahir, has passed on from Barahir to Aragorn, as an heirloom.
I put much more details in this picture than I originally intended to, so I suppose explaining them are in order.
Finrod’s posture: He doesn’t strike me in the book as a king who’s strict with code. 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 the Ring of Barahir.
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 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, since he was skilled in the art.
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 Dwarven heritage in that room.
Character, Silmarillion, Lotr, Aman and Beleriand belong to J.R.R. Tolkien. The art is my own, not to be used without my permission.
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