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LotR: In Her Likeness by LadyElleth LotR: In Her Likeness by LadyElleth
The next day at the hour of sunset Aragorn walked alone in the woods, and his heart was high within him; and he sang, for he was full of hope and the world was fair. And suddenly even as he sang he saw a maiden walking on a greensward among the white stems of the birches; and he halted amazed, thinking that he had strayed into a dream, or else that he had received the gift of the Elf-minstrels, who can make the things of which they sing appear before the eyes of those that listen.

For Aragorn had been singing a part of the Lay of Lúthien, which tells of the meeting of Lúthien and Beren in the forest of Neldoreth. And behold! There Lúthien walked before his eyes in Rivendell, clad in a mantle of silver and blue, fair as the twilight in Elven-home; her dark hair strayed in a sudden wind, and her brows were bound with gems like stars.

For a moment Aragorn gazed in silence, but fearing that she would pass away and never be seen again, he called to her crying Tinúviel, Tinúviel! even as Beren had done in the Elder Days long ago.

Then the maiden turned to him and smiled, and she she said: "Who are you? And why do you call me by that name?"
And he answered: "Because I believed you to be indeed Lúthien Tinúviel, of whom I was singing. Buf if you are not she, then you walk in her likeness."

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen)

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Credits:

Arwen: [link]
Aragorn: [link]
Background: [link]
Queen Anne's Lace: [link]
Texture: [link]

And many thanks to the people on tumblr who helped me with problems of size and perspective.
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3libraschild Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this made me cry. great illustration
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear! I'm very touched that you enjoyed it so much. :hug:
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AshenSorrow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:iconwoohooplz: :iconfellaplaysguitarplz:Out friknstanding!!! :iconfellaplaysguitarplz: :iconwoohooplz: :iconspotlightplz:
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Jaymasee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
It's AMAZING!Thank you so much my dear :tighthug:
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the lovely stock, it wouldn't have happened without that! :hug:
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Beautiful work and wonderful storytelling :hug:
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! The storytelling isn't mine, but I agree that it's wonderful. Tolkien did have a gift. :hug:
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:iconaustriaangloalliance:
The picture tells a story :-):hug:
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colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so beautiful!!
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