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Silmarillion: Taniquetil by LadyElleth Silmarillion: Taniquetil by LadyElleth
And above all the mountains of the Pelóri was that height upon whose summit Manwë set his throne. Taniquetil the Elves name that holy mountain and Oiolosse, Everlasting Whiteness, Elerrína Crowned with Stars, and many other names besides; but the Sindar spoke of it in their later tongue as Amon Uilos.

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter I: Of the Beginning of Days)

Based on 'J.R.R. Tolkien's own painting from July 1928, Halls of Manwë on the Mountains of the World above Faerie. The painting shows the mountain Taniquetil, highest of the mountains that guarded Valinor against Melkor, in the time after the destruction of the Two Trees: for the slopes on one side of Taniquetil are bathed in sunlight, while those on the other side shine more coldly in the light of a crescent moon. On the height of the mountain, Manwë and his spouse Varda dwelt in a house of white and blue marble upon a field of snow, and their halls are depicted in a glow of light on the summit. At the foot of the mountain is one of the towns of the seafaring Elves, the Teleri [...]'

(back cover text of my Silmarillion, based on Hammond and Scull's 'JRR Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator' )

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Finally, and very belatedly, my project for the start of the annual Back to Middle-earth Month - Taniquetil as originally depicted by Tolkien, just as... a photomanipulation/mousepainting. Seven nights, litres of tea, and a messed-up sleep schedule later - a result I kind of like. Hope you do, too. Happy B2Mem, everyone. :)

(Also, for those who are interested, I am only about 100 pageviews away from the 7,777 Kiriban, so if you want to try, keep your eyes on that pageview counter.)

Credits:

The mountain(s):

:iconsalsolastock: [link] , :iconfbremner: [link] , :iconmissastock: [link] , :iconstock-azzo: [link] , :iconsenzostock: [link] , [link] , :iconhrivalasse-stock: [link] ,:iconcyborgsuzystock: [link]

The sea:

:iconmatrixstock: [link]

Sun and moon:

:iconghost-stock: [link] :iconshadowedhalo: [link]

The halls of Manwe, the Telerin town:

:icontheladyamalthea: [link] , :iconcocacolagirlie: [link]
(and if anyone can spot the pun in me having used this castle for the Telerin town, there will be cookies)

Texture: :icondeathfetish: [link]

Everything else is either painted or taken from my own resources that are not (yet) available for stock use.
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:iconragnaice:
ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It kind of weirds me out how the top half looks like a painting and the lower like a photo... but well done, nonetheless =)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot concrit. :) This was one of my earlier works, and I remember the water being hard to work with from a very different way the mountain itself was - maybe if I find the time I'll try that again for a more cohesive result.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that should be "for the concrit". I can type, really. ;)
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:iconherr-garrett:
herr-garrett Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Beautifully recreated.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconjustinraven:
JustinRaven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional
Enchanting. Captures beautifully the realm of Tolkien's writings. It looks almost like a watercolour.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :) I definitely intended for it to look not like a photo but a painting.
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:iconjustinraven:
JustinRaven Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional
You're welcome :) This is really beautiful and inspiring. I love this image :) Keep 'em coming! :)
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:iconunicornreality:
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a feature here! :heart: :peace:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconjennycuenca:
jennycuenca Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
I like this a lot too very magnificent to look at! The Vanyar must love high-rise living a lot to move here.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
(Now I have the image of Vanyar climbing that mountain dragging all of their household stuff behind them. Steep climb. ;))
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:iconterinqui:
Terinqui Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Amazing! I like how it looks more realistic than Tolkien's original.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was the idea behind it. I tried to make it photorealistic, which didn't quite work out, but I'm still pretty happy with it. Thanks for your comment. :)
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:icondeliriumdatura:
DeliriumDatura Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work, and it took me a while but I got the castle pun X3
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks for the comment. I was wondering if anyone even bothered to look, and of course am happy to know you liked it. :D
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:iconmorgry:
Morgry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
you have done a beautiful piece! :heart:
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:icontheladyamalthea:
TheLadyAmalthea Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
That is one friggin epic looking mountain. Amazing work.
Thanks for using my stock :hug:
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
:jawdrop: Just amazing... wonderfull, you got the exact feeling the beloved original Tolkien's depiction has. You'r awesome! Abrazo! :hug:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:

Muchas gracias, y muchos abrazos también! No sé que puedo decir, de verdad, con la excepción de 'Eeee! OMG! Realmente piensas que es como la imagen original?! Jajaa! :D'
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Que buen español! No tienes que decir nada. Abrazoooo!!! :hug:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No es tan bien, hace casi cuatros años desde hablar (y aprender) Español en la escuela y solo puedo acordame de los cimientos, and even those I can't recall completely, or I wouldn't have to write in English now. ;)

Pero... abrazo a ti también! :hug: Eres muy lisonjero y me place que te gustas Taniquetil! :)
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Jajaja, some searching in the dictionary to write that last sentence, I guess? Hug! :hug:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To write most of it, actually. It's easy when I knew the words and just have to jog my memory, harder when it comes to grammar and unknown vocab. I'm sorry if I insulted you, or something of the sort. :blush:
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:iconefenleot:
Efenleot Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Hahahaha, no, you didn't, don't worry. Keep practicing!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try. :) It helps if there actually is an opportunity to speak Spanish to someone. :)
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:iconfe-fantasy93:
fe-fantasy93 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
:jawdrop:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconfe-fantasy93:
fe-fantasy93 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Too beautiful for words. I love it. ^^
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:iconfaetian:
FaeTian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is very very beautifully done! :heart:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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:icontheautumngallery:
theautumngallery Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Beautiful! You've definitely captured the "Tolkienisque" feeling of the original painting :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! :blush: That feeling is rather elusive at times...
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:iconletenastare:
Letenastare Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Immediately recognised the reference, but though, you got your own piece. Nice job. :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :) I'm glad it works on its own - I had my doubts before.
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:iconletenastare:
Letenastare Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
The atmosphere is different, probably thanks to your work on the lightening. :)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite possibly so. :) Though really, the only thing to blame for that is my lack of knowledge about how lightening really works. ;) I know the basics, or like to think I do after being drilled on that for three years in art class. ;) It's just difficult to put it into practice.
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:iconqitian:
Qitian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That turned out lovely! (Told you so.)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. (You did. But you also know my default reaction. :P)
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:iconqitian:
Qitian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(I do.)

... bohrt sich dieser Smiley mit der Zunge in der Nase? Irgendwie sieht das so aus.
...
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
( -_- )

Ick. So genau hab ich mir das Vieh nie angeguckt, aber hoffentlich nicht. *schauder* So war es jedenfalls nicht gemeint.
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:iconqitian:
Qitian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*lach* Ich muss dann an Stitch denken, also, könnte schlimmer sein ;)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Na gut, der ist niedlich, aber trotzdem... es sollte wirklich nur ein simpler Zungerausstrecksmiley sein. *g*
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:iconmasasasaki:
Masasasaki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Wow, this is awesome! Great work! I love it!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconmasasasaki:
Masasasaki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
You are welcome!
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:iconmoon-blossom:
moon-blossom Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I love the transition from drawing to photograph, as if the fictional (or created) turned into something real.

Hm, I've never wondered how did the Elves reach the Halls of Manwë (of they ever did) if it was so high XD
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you - I really like the idea you introduced here - food for thought, especially considering Tolkien's own approach to his world.

How they reached the Halls of Manwë? Eagle express. :D
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SalsolaStock Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
LOL. I was wondering how they would have pizza delivered. ;)


Interesting view through your eyes and Tolkien's at the same time. :thumbsup:
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Same answer here, I'd say... eagles are useful birds. If Valar happen to like pizza, that is.

Thank you. I tried to keep from copying too directly, but still make it recognizable. Glad to know it seems to have worked. :)
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