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Silmarillion: Losgar by LadyElleth Silmarillion: Losgar by LadyElleth
Another submission for the Seven in '07 Project, although the drabble is yet missing.

I'm not all that pleased with the outcome, but I can't put my finger on what's wrong... if you see anything, please let me know.

Maedhros at Losgar, after his father had the Swanships set on fire. He alone stood aside.

But when they were landed, Maedhros the eldest of his sons, and on a time the friend of Fingon ere Morgoth's lies came between, spoke to Fëanor, saying: 'Now what ships and rowers will you spare to return, and whom shall they bear hither first? Fingon the valiant?'
Then Fëanor laughed as one fey, and he cried: 'None and none! What I have left behind I count now no loss; needless baggage on the road it has proved. Let those that cursed my name, curse me still, and whine their way back to the cages of the Valar! Let the ships burn!' Then Maedhros alone stood aside, but Fëanor caused fire to be set to the white ships of the Teleri. So in that place which was called Losgar at the outlet of the Firth of Drengist ended the fairest vessels that ever sailed the sea, in a great burning, bright and terrible.


(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor)

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Photoshop 7; this thing quite literally took me ages... augh. I'll never do another night-and-fire picture again.

Credits:

:iconcobweb-stock: (Maedhros - [link])
:icondarklaela-stock: (the background - [link])
:icondazzle-stock: (fire - [link])
:iconsyccas-stock: (fire - [link])
:iconcacus-jh: (the swanheads - [link])

Next up: Aredhel and Eöl.
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:iconfreefloatingrib:
freefloatingrib Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
awesome! You capture the spirit of middle earth in your art.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly try, thank you very much. :)
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:icontusculanum:
Tusculanum Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I always wondered why Maglor didn't stood aside also.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure he had his reasons other than narrative necessity. And Maedhros was hoping for Fingon, which I suppose is quite the strong motivator.
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:iconmrs-haldir:
Mrs-Haldir Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it :D
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :) What's so funny?
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:iconmrs-haldir:
Mrs-Haldir Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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:iconarwenamidala:
ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just magnificent. I'd totally buy a print! It captures the moment amazingly.
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:iconmelarka:
MELARka Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
wonderful!!!!
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:iconelistariel:
Elistariel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
<---- can't find the "swan heads."
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair point. They were far more visible in the original picture, but I since decided they looked out of place, lowered the visibility and moved them into the fire. If you look closely, you can still see them.
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shadowslayer333 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008   Writer
Absolutely wonderful! Probably one of the most powerful scenes in the story. Great job :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I quite agree about the power of that particular scene. It must have taken Maedhros a lot to be the only one to stand aside.
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Gala-maia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Im so in love with Maedhros! and this image its the better I beeen seen from him! thankyou!!! Grat work :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it so much - Maedhros is an easy candidate to fall in love with, isn't he? :)
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:iconfaelivrinstarblossom:
...Amazing. Really. I love his forlorn expression;he really is the one who stands aside. And that hand in his hair...like he finally realizes the insanity of what they are doing, but it's too late to turn back now...
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment - I'm glad that what I was trying to convey comes across so clearly! :)
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:iconbadonel:
Badonel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
nice
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:iconcatherinedubois:
CatherineDubois Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa, that's... really amazing!! no critique at all:)
your pictures are truly wonderful, every one of them is giving the perfect 'silmarillion-feeling'
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
May I ask how you found this picture? It got a surprising amount of comments and faves recently, so I was wondering if it was in a feature somewhere?
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CatherineDubois Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhh, I'm sorry, I think I was just browsing LOTR pics, so have I found yours... Congrats for the 1000 views!
Und Deutschland, besonders Rothenburg, ist wunderschön!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, I was just wondering. :) Thank you!
Ist es - in Rothenburg war ich früher ziemlich oft, jetzt lebe ich leider zu weit weg.
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:iconfegie:
fegie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
I like how this came out. I like the emotion in it.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconfegie:
fegie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
You're welcome. :)
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:icongaladhen:
Galadhen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007   Digital Artist
Brilliant work!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:icongaladhen:
Galadhen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007   Digital Artist
Most welcome.
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:iconaljas:
aljas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really impressive... cannot say more now.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconfamz:
FaMz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow thats quite impressive for a manipulation...I'm no better than you at manips so I can't say theres any criticism to add to this piece...

I really like the dramatic lighting...reminds me of something da Vinci would paint...intense chiaroscuro...and it all looks very realistic...never would of thought it was a manip...the background has a nice depth to it too...I think its great how you handled the night fire effect and worked them all into one composition...excellent piece ;)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Sorry this reply took so long, somehow I happened to overlook this comment. :blush: )

Thank you so so much for your kind words - I tried my best to get this piece realistic, so knowing that I succeeded makes me very happy. While the Silmarillion really reads like a historic account of some sorts, there are moments that seem a lot less remote, this is one of them, so I opted for a realistic style rather than lots of texturing or smoothing. It's good to know that the chiaroscuro came across well, although I wouldn't compare this with daVinci. It's just natural that there's a lot of contrast when a madman burns a whole host of ships. ;)

Again, thank you, this was a really helpful comment! :)
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:iconfamz:
FaMz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
its ok no problem :)
I'm glad I could help
and you are most welcome ;)
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:iconcobweb-stock:
Cobweb-stock Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Photographer
I think you did an excellent job with the "night-and-fire" lighting. Not sure why you're not pleased with it... :confused:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfectionist approach, I suppose. Thank you for the comment, Mr. Maedhros! :D
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:iconimmortalis:
immortalis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Another lovely composition :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconidril-celebrindal:
Idril-Celebrindal Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Wonderful work! So complex and emotional.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... thanks a lot, that is quite a compliment. :hug:
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
I really can't see anything wrong, in fact, I must fav this! :D Lovely and amazing!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flatterer. :hug:
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
I wold preffer to be called "beauty finder", mind you... u_u (:XD: even more flattery!) :hug:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like you said. :D
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dazzle-stock Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: That is amazing!! fantastic detail! Your work definitely paid off!! :clap:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconvilyawen:
vilyawen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
I don't know why you are not satisfied - it's an excellent piece.
Perfectionist? :P
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very much so. Thank you for the comment. :hug:
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:iconmadmoisellemeli:
MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very beautyfull :heart:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconmadmoisellemeli:
MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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