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Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85 Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85
Rķan, daughter of Belegund, was the wife of Huor, son of Galdor; and she was wedded to him two months before he went with Hśrin his brother to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. When no tidings came of her lord she fled into the wild; but she was aided by the Grey-elves of Mithrim, and when her son Tuor was born they fostered him. Then Rķan departed from Hithlum, and going to the Haudh-en-Ndengin she laid herself down upon it and died."
"Tuor was taken to foster by Annael of the Grey-elves, who yet lived in those hills. Now when Tuor was sixteen years old the Elves were minded to leave the caves of Androth where they dwelt, and to make their way secretly to the Havens of Sirion in the distant south; but they were assailed by Orcs and Easterlings before they made good their escape, and Tuor was taken captive and enslaved by Lorgan, chief of the Easterlings of Hithlum. For three years he endured that thraldom, but at the end of that time he escaped; and returning to the caves of Androth he dwelt there alone, and did such great hurt to the Easterlings that Lorgan set a price upon his head.
The Silmarillion (chapter 21 & 23)

watercolor pencils, soft pastels

Finally there is the first picture of the six-part series of illustrations for the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin (in the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales), which I drew last summer as a commission for certain Tolkien-fans.
Here you can see illustrations connected to the early life of Tuor. In the upper part there are Tuor's parents, brave Huor and faithful Rķan saying farewell before the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. In the lower part you can see the Sindar folk of Annael, who fostered Tuor in the woodlands and mountains of Mithrim. And in the main part there is Tour just captured by Lorgan and his savage Easterlings, who settled among the ruins of the great civilization of Hithlum.
The corners feature heraldic devices having some connections to the story: In the upper left there's the House of Hador (paternal ancestors of Tuor) and in lower right the House of Bėor (his maternal ancestors). In lower left it's a swan, which was an emblem of Annael, and finally in the upper right there's the swan wing, later adopted by Tuor himself.

Part 2: Journey to the Sea
Part 3: In Vinyamar
Part 4: Coming to Gondolin
Part 5: The Fall of Gondolin
Part 6: A New Beginning

I hope you like it and I'll appreciate your comments. :-)


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 at the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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talullahred Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014   Writer
That is just so lovely. Great work.
neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! :-)
Auua-Ytjoml Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just reading Tuor's tale now. The heraldaic, tapestry like feel of your drawings fits the high storytelling style of Tolkein's non-LotR's works perfectly!
neral85 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
LornaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love how you told the story in the style of the stained glass windows of old!
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I loved playing with these decorative borders! :-)
Direlda Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the illuminated manuscript style you used to illustrate the story. Makes it feel like it would be found in a book in Middle Earth. ^^
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :-)
Direlda Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome! ^^
gravaelf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
wow, just wow, it kinda reminds me of some of the magnificent panels in the big old church Bibles.
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