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Romenna by neral85 Romenna by neral85
A city and important port situated at the head of the long firth on the eastern shores of Númenor, included in the royal region known as Arandor, the Kingsland. Being nearer to the centre of the realm that other ports, it gradually increased in size as the importance of shipbuilding and seafaring grew, especially since the reign of Tar-Aldarion. Most ships heading to Middle-earth sailed from this haven.

watercolour

I drew this picture originally for a 2011 callendar that I made together with my sister :iconmechor: as a Christmas present for our granparents. This was the picture for August.

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This piece is also for sale on my Etsy shop: [link]

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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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
 Now this is only just shy of perfect! (I particularly love your use of a golden stone, which fits my mental image of Numenor before the days of the King's Men - whom I tend to see as building cold marble monuments until the very landscape seems dwarfed by them).

 May I please be so bold as to ask if you have any plans to depict Armenelos the Golden, City of Kings in Numenor? 
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found this golden colouring appropriate for Númenor. And especially Rómenna, which I have always imagined in warm colours (perhaps due to the connection with sunrise). :-)

Certainly I would love to depict Armenelos though I see it as quite a challenge, as of course the capital city has to be the most splendid and majestic of all. But after I painted the three other major cities of Númenor, Armenelos is logically due... some time in the future. ;-)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
 I can hardly wait to see how you will render, but shall do my best to be patient!:happybounce: 
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Considering depiction of Armenelos, I see also a dilemma, whether to show it in the days of its glory or in the last days with Sauron's temple and all the signs of darkness. I would surely rather like to see the former, but the latter would be just as fascinating. Or depict both in a sort of before/after diptych as I did with Gondolin, but that would of course mean twice as much work...
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
 Perhaps you could depict Armenelos with the terrible Temple under construction? (as a way of showing the City of Kings in it's prime, but with a strong indication that the Doomsday Clock has already begun ticking away, marking time until it's Downfall).
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LornaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This picture makes me want to go and explore this beautiful city by the sea!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm delighted it made such an impression on you! :nod:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the sepia-tones :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Linnea! :hug:
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! I'm trying to learn more about perspective in art and this piece comes at the right time! Thank you.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! I'm glad my picture can be helpful for you! :-)
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Erozja Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Hi! :meow: You have been FEATURED in my journal... Magic of WATERCOLORS #6 :iconjoyloveplz:
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :-)
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautful piece of work! I love the warm tones and the perspective. Thanks for sharing it!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :thanks:
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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esalazioneHg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice style!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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BKLusk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful -- I love the color and perspective! Reminds me a little of Escher, but with more emotion and less crazy. Wonderful piece--I love the lines!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like it! :clap:
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yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
so nice, i don't know why but i get an Escher feeling on this.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! :-) Yes, there may be some similarity to Escher's architectural pictures... :-)
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yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
yes, really :)
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mozer1a0x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work

it makes me think of some of the scenes in the stories of Greek mythology
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was aprtly inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.
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mozer1a0x Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very welcome
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roslaug Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Absoloutely beautiful. I love the details and the interesting use of perspective. I kinda want to go into the picture and walk around to see what more lies in store :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your coment, I'm glad you like it! :-) You have a nice gallery too! :nod:
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Haydaad Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful painting. Wonderful detail and proportions. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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Katzenfrau007 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like those beautiful warm colors!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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sub-versatile7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice pic man! Yo checkout some of my work, I have my own hip-hop manga n it's actually pretty good
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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ObakeDreams Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice :D I like the colors and... looks really good.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I love the colors here
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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bohemian-empress Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Dreamy...
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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GabiCoco Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
wow it awesome!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =D
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, another virtue of Romenna from the point of view of some of the Numenorean kings was its distance from the "Elvish" west, which they notoriously didn't like.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite certainly! :-)
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Cephis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful !!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! One of my favorite things about this is that it is more "Late-Classical" (Greco-Roman) than medieval. One of my notions about Middle-Earth/Valinor is that it has a time sequence. Thus when I read about Feanor putting on his armor, I visualize him in Roman armor rather than medieval, since the "medieval" style strikes me as Third Age rather than earlier.

For future reference on the Second Age, I encourage you to study (if you haven't already) the art and architecture of Ravenna, Italy - the capital of late Roman and early Byzantine Italy.

Another thing I like is the semi-tropical feel of this image, since Numenor (as I understand it) was near the Equator and thus much warmer than Middle-Earth.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! I like it too, to visualize the various ages and cultures of Middle-earth differently.)
I hadn't seen the architecture of Ravenna before, but it looks really inspiring, thanks for the advice. :-)
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