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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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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 ;)
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. :-)
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
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!
kyuzoRAMPAGE Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
true true...
Celestialhost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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
neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, interesting question. :-)
Thanks! :thanks:
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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