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Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85 Story of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum by neral85
Ran, daughter of Belegund, was the wife of Huor, son of Galdor; and she was wedded to him two months before he went with Hrin 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 Ran 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 Ran 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 Bor (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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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 at the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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:icontalullahred:
talullahred Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014   Writer
That is just so lovely. Great work.
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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :-)
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:icondirelda:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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:icongamermiki:
GamerMiki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This is so gorgeous. You are so talented!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconanylon:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
, tolik chvly... :blushes:
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:iconvvveverka:
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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:iconneral85:
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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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tak uvidíme... Už abych zveřejnil další část. =D
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:iconvvveverka:
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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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment! :-)
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:iconlimstellalebrun:
LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome n.n
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Cambrey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Awesome.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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devilbloody Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coool :) I love it! :) Congrats :) I love all the details :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =D
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:icondevilbloody:
devilbloody Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :)
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noleme Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Why, Neral, this is awesome! It must have taken long to draw too! It's wonderfully detailed, coloured, and just so... Tolkienish. Even if the anatomy is not quite perfect in places (esp. the kneeling Tuor), it's still a fantastic image of the first years of Tuor's life. And I love that story.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment and critique. Of course I'm not very experienced in drawing figures, but this series was a great practice for me... :nod:
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