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Meneldil of Gondor by neral85 Meneldil of Gondor by neral85
neldëa aran Ondonórëo

Meneldil, son of Anárion, was the third king of Gondor in the early Third Age, just after Isildur departed to his fate at the Gladden Fields.
The name Meneldil means "Devoted to Heaven", one possible meaning of this word is also "astronomer".

Meneldil was the first King of Gondor to rule in his own name, although his uncle Isildur had intended to retain the power over Gondor as a High King (just as Elendil had been when Isildur and Anárion had ruled Gondor). However, when Isildur died, leaving only infant son Valandil, Meneldil used this opportunity to found his own royal house. Isildur's heirs had later neither power nor intention to quarrel with Gondor over these titles. Only Arvedui of the line of Isildur 19.5 centuries later unsuccesfully claimed the throne and finally Aragorn Elessar reunited both kingdoms after three thousand years.

Of Meneldil's reign as King of Gondor we know almost nothing. It seems that Gondor had peace during his reign and recovering from the War of the Last Alliance started.

Symbolism in this picture include of course the sky in the background for menel. Although there was a possibility to draw the night sky because of the "astronomer" meaning, I liked this version better. An then there is a standard of Gondor as a sign of his founding of the South Kingdom as a really independent state.

pen and coloured pencils


Pictures in this series:
Meneldil, the third king of Gondor
Cemendur, the fourth king of Gondor
Eärendil, the fifth king of Gondor
Anardil, the sixth king of Gondor
Ostoher, the seventh king of Gondor
Rómendacil I, the eighth king of Gondor
Turambar, the ninth king of Gondor
Atanatar I, the tenth king of Gondor
Siriondil, the eleventh king of Gondor


If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! :) Beautiful script work on the bottom too, and the colors are perfect :D
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :-)
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :aww:
AbsoluteTook Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
neral85 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky! :bow:
AbsoluteTook Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Není zač :D
Chalaya Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work! I love the shading and the fold of the fabric! Beautiful picture!!!
neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thsnks! :thanks:
Chalaya Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, pretty cool looking King of Gondor there! :) Love how you wrote out the Elvish letters, too - it's a fascinating script!
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