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Silmarillion: The Bidding of the Minstrel by LadyElleth Silmarillion: The Bidding of the Minstrel by LadyElleth
For the Between the Lines Contest: [link] . I hope I'm not too late. (My apologies to the admins if I submitted this more than once - the system kept giving me error-messages for the LotRClub, so I submitted it to Elves-of-Tolkien instead. I don't know if any of them went through.)

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After casting the Silmaril into the sea, it is said that Maglor took to wandering the shores, singing in pain and regret beside the waves. It is also stated elsewhere that it was the gift of elven minstrels to evoke visions from their songs. Now imagine him singing of his brothers.

While making this piece I was never entirely sure whether he was bidding them to come to him, or bidding them to stop haunting him. Perhaps both.

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Credits:

Maglor: [link]

Beach: [link]

Gull: [link]

References for the brothers: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]

Textures: [link] [link] [link]

(The title is from one of Tolkien's poems, though it does not actually concern Maglor.)
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:iconilmollinen:
Ilmollinen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best Tolkien related pics I have seen. It is full of emotion, got goosebumps when watching it. Thank you!
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:iconhallosse:
hallosse Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Your lovely art has been featured here: fav.me/d6hvhha!
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:iconnerwen20:
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
This is wonderful. And absolutely perfect for Maglor. Incredibly depressing, yet artful. I guess that's the Silmarillion in a nutshell.
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:iconhallosse:
hallosse Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This is random, but I /love/ your sig. It made me laugh so hard!
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:iconnerwen20:
Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Thank you. :D
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:iconhallosse:
hallosse Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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:icongiubian:
giubian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know i'm not okay right now. \babies
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*hugs!* (But yes, I know what you mean!)
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:iconsackvillebaggins:
sackvillebaggins Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really thoughtful, and lovely.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlb82:
LB82 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Beautiful and heartbreaking.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you - and heartbreaking I think is quite an apt word for this, poor Maglor.
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here: [link]
:)
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:iconvoirreyj:
voirreyj Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
What a beautiful, evocative, piece of art.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:icontelps:
telps Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Maglor is my favourite Tolkien character. At the same time I'm glad to see works of him, this piece evoked in me a terrible willingness to cry. :'(
In spite of this, beautiful piece.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I find Maglor's story one of the most beautiful in the Silmarillion, precisely because it is one of the most sad and tragic ones, so finding that reflected by the reception of the picture is very flattering. All the same, I hope you didn't cry. *hands tissue*
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:iconhhimring:
hhimring Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Hello,
I thought you might like to read these two comments:
[link]
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for pointing me toward all these things. :)
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:iconhemhet:
Hemhet Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Great idea. The barren landscape, and the sadness
His deads are with him in the shadows, in the wind, in his heart...
Maybe the shadow of their father must be there somewhere.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I am sure it is - though I can never imagine FŽanor as only a shadow - he's the Spirit of Fire, after all. Thank you so much for the comment.
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Fantastic idea!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Sirielle! :)
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LochNessieMonster Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so bad for Maglor right now. The poor guy has to face the rest of his long Elvish life alone. Very nicely done.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a very sad fate, isn't it? But I like to imagine that he eventually made his way home somehow, and was reunited with his family. Otherwise that prospect is too bleak even for me to enjoy, however much I enjoy bleak concepts otherwise.

Thanks for commenting.
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FlamexFlower Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oww.Maglor:( This is so bitterly beautiful!!!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It fits his story, I think.
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Excellent work!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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RaistlinColtaine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
A concept of pure genius. A fine work Lady!!!!
I adore the ''darkening'' of the picture, as if Maglor sees a ruined world and he's dead inside. Well done!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't call it genius, but I'm very very tickled that you do - thanks! :) And that's a very interesting interpretation, I love hearing what people get out of my pictures, thank you for sharing it. :)
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zeroatthebone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
;____;

So can I take a shot at which brother is which?
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please don't cry! :hug:

And of course you may guess. My manippy muses actually told me who was who, let's see if you get 6/6. *cheers you on!*
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zeroatthebone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
:tighthug:

Okay, here goes! Amras, Curufin, Maedhros, Celegorm, Amrod, and Caranthir?
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost! Curufin is Caranthir, and vice versa, but that was still rather close, and I'm impressed you managed to tell the twins apart! Well done! :D

(Though, as a note to others reading this, if you placed them differently, that's equally valid. A picture contains a great deal of interpretation, and it doesn't mean yours is wrong.)
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:iconzeroatthebone:
zeroatthebone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
:ohmygod: They both look dreadfully unhappy with me.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word:

RUN!
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TimelordWitch10 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Wow. Very nice concept and imagery. If I were a judge for the contest, I would pick you =)
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very, very much! :D I'm curious how that'll turn out - I don't envy the judges, because they have a lot of quality art to deal with. Personally, I couldn't decide.
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NolweNamiel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
The ambiance is amazing! Maglor is one of my favourite Sil characters.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you - I was very lucky in terms of the source pictures, the picture of the beach itself entranced me from the beginning, and the rest just followed quite naturally.

And Maglor definitely is one of my favourites as well, alongside his mother and Galadriel. :)
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FromMidworld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
too sad to say anything...
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make anyone sad. But thank you for sharing your reaction. :hug:
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:iconkitt-otter:
Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So haunting! I can't take my eyes away!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you did manage that eventually. Staring at a computer screen for a prolonged time will make your eyes go dry. (Okay, I'm sorry, that was a lame joke.) But thank you very much for the comment. :)
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Oh wow, this is just the picture I've always been waiting for... Exactly as I imagine it, and wonderfully moving, with great emotion in it! Marvellous work, I love it!
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :blush: I'm glad I managed to hit on a shared spot of our imagination. :)
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
You're very welcome! :D The picture is beautiful! ;w;
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Meltintalle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You deserve a well crafted comment saying all sorts of nice things. I can't articulate any of them... but I like this very much.
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the intent that counts, and I understand that art can be a very private thing that is hard to articulate (I usually resort to keyboardsmashing), so that's fine? Thank you for taking the time to craft the comment you left, it means a lot either way. :)
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