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Minas Ithil by neral85 Minas Ithil by neral85
Minas Ithil - the tower of rising moon - the counterpart of Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith), the seat of king Isildur and the most beautiful town in Gondor, located in the deep valley in the Mountains of Shadow, a citadel of the Dúnedain on the very border of Mordor...
...until it was besieged and conquered by the ringwraiths and turned into the dreadful city called Minas Morgul.

pen and coloured pencils

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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 Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be fascinating to see the Minas Morgul counterpart to this image, perhaps even with the exact same template, but just the city itself changed to resemble would it became. Just an idea ... its been a while since you uploaded any Tolkien ;)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I have been playing with that idea practically since I drew this picture. =D In the meantime I've done something similar with Gondolin, but that was planned (in fact commissioned) from the outset. This would be different as it is quite an old piece. It could be an interesting variation on the "Before and after" meme. :-)
As for the Tolkien art, it's been a while, but hopefully there will be more, I just didn't have much time for drawing recently and when I did, then there were more pressing project to do (such as all those churches and landscapes for certain thematic exhibitions). But I miss doing some solid fantasy illustrations, especially Tolkien of course. ;-) And thanks for reminding me of this particular picture, I'll consider doing something about it. :-)
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peet Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes, something a long the lines of the Gondolin 'Before & After' would be perfect - although yes of course, only when you have time and the inclination. Projects, especially when they are paid and/or owing to someone, are of course the more pressing ;)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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We'll see. ;-)
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peet Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
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kyuzoRAMPAGE Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
when they change the name???im not doubting u but like...I FUCKING LOVE LORD OF THE RINGZ!!!so when did they change it??? lol
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PetSto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I would say, when it was besieged by the ringwraights. Such a dreadful place don't deserve such a beautiful name!
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kyuzoRAMPAGE Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
true true...
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist
very beatiful!

But I wallways wondered how much black paint the orcs needed to apply to the poor white conquered city XD
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, interesting question. :-)
Thanks! :thanks:
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herr-garrett Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
While I like this picture, there are several problems with it. For one, either the city is huge, or the Ephel Dúath are more like hills - yet most of its peaks were well above the snowline, which so far to the South must be pretty high.
Two, I understand that the mountains need to be a bit "menacing", but the Mountains of Shadow was a natural range, not Sauron-architected like Gorgoroth.
Three, Minas Ithil was built into a vale, yet this is more like an open valley.
Four, and last, no vegetation, yet Minas Ithil was the capital of and thus situated in Ithilien.

Well. Er, yes. But I like the picture, all the same :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate such a fruitful critique! ;-)
Well, you're right, there may be some problems. The proportion isn't really best, but let's assume we see just some front cliffs of the range and not the highest peaks. As for the mountains, I couldn't really help to make them look markedly sinister in contrast to the city.:-) With the vale you're right; it probably shlould be narrower. On the other hand there were some flat meads on the banks of the stream. And the fourth problem - I did it this way just for artistic reasons. I wanted to draw a clean, simple picture of pale sky, green ground, ominous mountains and white city... :-)
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Terinqui Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Minas Ithil looks really nice. The white color is perfect for the Tower of the rising moon.

This reminds me of Nasmith's version of Gondolin more than Minas Tirith.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :-)
I really like that picture of Gondolin (as well as most other pictures by Ted Nasmth). That's probably the reason this drawing came out in a similar fashion. :-)
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MarietteBerndsen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful drawings :)
So you 've seen the film,it makes you want to visit New Zealand, doesn't it. Did you also reed the book?
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course I've read the book, I'm a big fan of it.=D But the film is also nice, the New Zealand landscape is wonderful. :-)
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Athane Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is well drawn, but the book speaks of it being an exact duplicate of Minas Tirith. So that each Prince who originally took seats there would have equal thrones...THe forces of Mordor after they occupied the abandoned city (same as they did Uden Vale) they made it look all menacing......but it still looks cool
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, this is Minas Ithil before it was conquered by Sauron's army...
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Athane Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see only 4 or five levels, where there was 7, unless I've missed something here....sorry to be such a geek about it
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never mind. =D
It's a good point. It's quite possible that Minas Ithil had also originally seven circles. But we don't know how these cities looked like when they were built. Maybe even Minas Tirith (or Minas Anor) was originally smaller than the magnificent city we know from the LotR. We know that the original capital of Gondor was Osgiliath and many people probably moved from Osgiliath to Minas Tirith during the Third age. And it is stated that Minas Tirith was rebuilt several times. So if both cities were originally smaller, then it's possible that the less populated Minas Ithil remained smaller while Minas Titith was enlarged...
But it is of course only my supposition... :-)
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Athane Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You may be correct, all I remember is what I skimmed through in the Appendix at the back of Return of the king, also when the plaque depopulated much of Gondor, leading to Minas Morgal and the Udin Vale coming under mordor control, maybe the cities deteriorated, doesn't change the fact its one of the best series out there, and the awesome movies did not do the awesomeness of the books total justice
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right... :-)
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Athane Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its not about right or wrong, its about the thrill of communication
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Beautiful.

I do believe this is the only picture I've seen of Minas Ithil
in the days before Mordor conquered it!

Please do Annuminas as well, I've never seen any pictures of it either.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me neither. That was one of the reasons why I decided to draw it. I like drawing places in Tolkien's world which have not been pictured very much yet. :-)
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Beautifully done! :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Your welcome. :jedi: :D
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