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Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85 Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85
Rían, daughter of Belegund, was the wife of Huor, son of Galdor; and she was wedded to him two months before he went with Húrin 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 Rían 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

The first picture of a commissioned six-part series of illustrations of the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin (in the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales), which I made last summer. These illustrations were painted for an American Tolkien fan who liked my art displayed here on deviantArt.

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 Rían 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 Bëor (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. :-)

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peet Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Really wonderful work. Huor looks very noble, and he and Rian hugging is very sad when you realise their imminent fate(s). Have I missed something here though re Rian's hair colour? Does Tolkien mention her being red-haired, or is this simply your imagination? As for myself, I guess I pictured her as a brunette, like the vast majority of the House of Beor; I sometimes imagine a few redheads within the House of Haleth (if not even Haleth herself for some reason) - it's the Celtic-feel I get with them ;). In any case, I was just wondering.
I also very much like your Grey-elves of Hithlum. They look like Sindar, but also a people set apart from those of Beleriand proper, which is as it should be, I think. The elf-maiden also really reminds me of a brief shot of elf-maidens running and laughing gaily through the woods in one of the first teaser trailers for FotR, a long long looooong time before the CGI-plagued, Hollywood-isation of Tolkien. It's so sad, because that was exactly how I pictured the Elves, and yet in the end their portrayal in the movies was so sombre, cold and stand-offish in the final realisation. So thank you for reminding me of what could have been, and how things seemed more hopeful once upon a time ....
The main image itself is just great; a portrayal of Tuor the thrall that I've not seen elsewhere before or since. I like the ruins of the settlements of the People of Hador, and I'm guessing the barns beneath them are now the crude dwellings of the remnant of that People? Great imagination, really fits well indeed. And your Easterlings are also very well drawn - completely and utterly Tatar-esque, which in my view fits perfectly, and comes close to my imagination. Although having said that, its hard (in my sometimes ineradicable cynicism) not to think of 'National Socialism versus Bolshevism' in all its dark anti-glory (on Tolkien's part, not yours) - although here it would seem that this would be a parallel portrayal of events from '1943-5 rather than '1941-2 ;). Sorry, completely off on a tangent there - racism in Tolkien's works has been talked to death, and I personally believe he was not racist, relative to his contemporaries and historical timeframe.
By the way, do you see the Easterlings as much the same as this by the Third Age?
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a long comment! Thank you! :thanks:
About Rían's hair colour, I have to admit I don't really know where I got that idea. Perhaps I had seen some pictures of her with a similar hair colour (though in a quick reference-googlesearch I know found generaly brown- or at best some auburn-haired ones) or maybe it's just the name Rían itself that sounds somehow red-haired to me. :-) But as I look at this picture I must say it is even more red than how I imagine her. ;-) With the House of Haleth, that's an interesting point and And I certainly can imagine them as you said. :nod:
I don't recall seeing that trailer you mentioned, but I do find the movie-elves too sombre and cold. Admittedly it was difficult to portray them, being "quite different from what I expected – so old and young, and so gay and sad, as it were" to quote Master Samwise. But it woud have been nice to see more joy in them.
I'm glad you like the main picture. I think I haven't seen other picture of Tuor as a thrall either. I do imagine the Easterlings from the Third Age as quite similar, though it could be argued they were probably different peoples. Or rather that even the Third-Age Easterlings were not homogenous. All those Wainriders, Balchoths, Variags and other unnamed tribes... It might be interesting to explore artistically, but I haven't given much thought to it. :-)
I certainly don't think Tolkien was a racist. It is true that he doesn't show the "non-European" nations in a very positive light, but explains quite well why this was the case in Middle-earth and after all this view is not much different from how Europeans viewed all those invaders from the East throughout much of history, so in my opinion it might be described as quite historically accurate. And still there are likeable examples of exotic peoples, such as the house of Bór or the Drúedain, and on the other hand some outright villainous "White Men", such as the Black Númenoreans (pun intended;-)).
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peet Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem re: the length. I'm going to go through the whole Tuor series in time so there shall be more ;)
It's this trailer -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJo84r… -- which I think was the first, and got everybody extremely excited. As for the elf maidens frolicking in the woods, its a very short snippet at 00.40-43. This I think was how the elves might (should?) have been portrayed, if not in Lothlorien (i.e., PJ going with sombre after the loss of Gandalf, and approaching the cinematic climax of the film) then at least in Rivendell, which would have been a nice indication of why the elves are such beautiful creatures, I think (and might have slightly lightened the mood, thereby juxtaposing Rivendell with what went before it and what follows after).
You're right re: the Easterings generally, across all three Ages. And it fits in well with the real-world so-called 'civilised' European nations being obsessed with the prospect of marauding hordes coming from the East to rape and pillage for centuries upon centuries. The unfortunate events of 1939-45 were just the last act, it seems, in that ancient enmity.
Speaking of the Drúedain, you know what would be really interesting? A portrayal of that race in amongst some Woodmen of Brethil. I find it strange, actually, that Tolkien didn't somehow work them into Turin's tale, given that the fact that they formed an alliance with the remnants of Haleth is not really put into any narrative form (at least as far as I can remember) :D.
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, I think I did see this trailer. It is so unusual to look at it after all those year and recall that excitement and expectation.... I completely agree with you about the elves in Rivendell. Still I think the Fellowship was the best one of the trilogy (not to mention the Hobbit movies), though there were many stupid scenes and unnecessary changes.
About the Drúedain, that's quite an interesting theme and it would certainly be interesting to see some picture of them among the people of Brethil. :-)
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Fellowship is easily the best of the trilogy and indeed (it should go without saying) the sextet. It's the only one that I was able to get through when I revisited them. Whenever I get to TTT my toes start curling almost immediately, I'm afraid -_-
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, indeed. =D Some years before the Hobbit trilogy I and my then girlfriend decided to re-watch the LotR trilogy. But we managed to see only the first one. So before the second Hobbit movie I and my wife decided to start over, but mysteriously we again didn't make it past the Fellowship, so there is definitely something about it. ;-)
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had not read it before, but thank you for sharing, I gladly read it now and it was really an interesting analyse. I had to agree with most of the observations and objections though I would not be able to express them so clearly.
Alas, now I am afraid I will never again be able to enjoy even those parts of TTT that I had found acceptable before. ;-)
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talullahred Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014   Writer
That is just so lovely. Great work.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! :-)
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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!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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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!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I loved playing with these decorative borders! :-)
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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. ^^
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :-)
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Direlda Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome! ^^
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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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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like it! :nod:
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MyrddinDerwydd Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This series is absolutely wonderful!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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Hemhet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Fantastic. Like a page from an illuminated manuscript.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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GamerMiki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This is so gorgeous. You are so talented!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Anylon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like stuff like this! You did a great Job!
I especially like the crests and how you continued the landscape in the smaller panels.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :hug: You have a nice gallery too! =D
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0L50NJ4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh this is so detailed and intricate.
Just wow. :-O
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! =D
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0L50NJ4 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally do. :D
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RainyDayFairy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Ty pruhy světla v lese jsou přenádherný:) Člověk si jich napoprvé nevšimne, ale dávaj tomu trošku snovou atmosféru. Jinak jsem stále nadšena Tvou schopností kreslit mraky. Vypadaj jak živý:)
Jediné, co mě pořád na Tvých obrázcích trochu ruší - možná je to subjektivní pocit - ale připadá mi, že když kreslíš postavy, mají v poměru ke zbytku těla velkou hlavu a drobné ruce, čímž působí dojmem skoro nepřirozeně malého vzrůstu... Ale taky to tam nemáš vždycky, jen mě to tak napadlo.
Ale fakt, fakt Ti fandím, Tvoje práce je výborná a mám z ní radost.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky za komentář! :-) Jj, to světlo v lese je taková drobnost, které si asi většina lidí nevšimne, ale přesto jsem docela spokojený, jak to vyšlo (i když v té nafocené podobě je to vidět asi ještě o něco míň než v originálu).
U postav jsem si vědom, že mám pořád dost co se učit, přece jenom krajinky mi jdou tak nějak přirozeněji, ale snažím se ty postavy co nejvíc procvičovat. :-)
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silamir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   General Artist
Wow, beautiful! You look like you're improving a lot, especially with the figures! Though the figures' heads are still a little too large. but all in all, so much beautiful detailing and the coloring is superb. :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment and constructive criticism! =D I'm glad you like my picture! :dance:
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silamir Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
:D
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful.
The pic of Huor and Rian is so tender and tragic when one knows their ultimate fate.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: That's what I wanted to express...
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TolkienOP Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks beautiful! What tools did you use?
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-) The outlines are in ballpoint pen, the picture itself mostly watercolor pencils (though not watered in all parts) and a little bit of soft pastels.
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TolkienOP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I never would have thought that one can draw so beautiful with ballpoint pens!
Great job!
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prostě suprové, to jinak ani říct nejde! :D Taky jak jinak... :giggle: Dobře volené barvy, vypadá to úžasně, o kompozici nemluvě neb ta je prostě dokonalá! :happybounce: Všechno je pěkně harmonické a zapadá do sebe. :iconthumbupplz:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
”ůů, tolik chvŠly... :blushes:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
počkat, to spíš já bych měla říkat: " Oooo, tolik krásy!". :D Ne, fakt, tenhle se ti zatraceně povedl! :aww:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D No tak doufám, že další části se setkají s podobně nadšeným ohlasem... =D
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tak pokud jsou stejně dobré... :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tak uvidíme... Už abych zveřejnil další část. =D
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
joooooo! :D
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LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the summary, it helped me remember his story n.n beautiful pic, as well.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment! :-)
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