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Story of Tuor, Part 2: Journey to the Sea by neral85 Story of Tuor, Part 2: Journey to the Sea by neral85
But when Tuor had lived thus in solitude as an outlaw for four years, Ulmo set it in his heart to depart from the land of his fathers, for he had chosen Tuor as the instrument of his designs; and leaving once more the caves of Androth he went westwards across Dor-lómin. But even as dim dusk came on the third day of his journey, Tuor found before him a wall of rock, and there was an opening therein like a great arch; and the stream passed in and was lost. Then Tuor was dismayed, and he said: "So my hope has cheated me! The sign in the hills has led me only to dark end in the midst of the land of my enemies." But even as the light of the coming sun shone pale in the far mists of Mithrim, Tuor heard voices, and looking down he saw in amazement two Elves that waded in the shallow water. So he found Annon-in-Gelydh, the Gate of the Noldor, which the people of Turgon built when they dwelt in Nevrast long years before.
Thence a dark tunnel led beneath the mountains, and issued into Cirith Ninniach, the Rainbow Cleft, through which a turbulent water ran towards the western sea. The sun rose behind his back and set before his face, and where the water foamed among the boulders or rushed over sudden falls, at morning and evening rainbows were woven across the stream. High hills now marched on either side, and fresh waters spilled from them into Cirith Ninniach over shimmering falls. Then he lifted up his voice, and plucked the strings of his harp, and above the noise of the water the sound of his song and the sweet thrilling of the harp were echoed in the stone and multiplied.
And Tuor came into Nevrast, and looking upon Belegaer the Great Sea he was enamoured of it, and the sound of it and the longing for it were ever in his heart and ear, and an unquiet was on him that took him at last into the depths of the realms of Ulmo. Then he dwelt in Nevrast alone, and the summer of that year passed, and the doom of Nargothrond drew near; but when the autumn came he saw seven great swans flying south, and he knew them for a sign that he had tarried overlong, and he followed their flight along the shores of the sea.
The Silmarillion (chapter 23), The Unfinished Tales (Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin)

watercolor pencils, soft pastels

Second installment 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.
It shows some important moments of Tuor's journey from Hithlum to Vinyamar. The upper panel shows the Gate of the Noldor, even as Gelmir and Arminas the two Noldorin messengers emerged from it. The main scene shows the Rainbow cleft with Tuor playing his harp. And then there are the seven swans, sent as a sign by Ulmo.
As for the heraldic devices, the two swan-wing are of course Tuor's again. The upper-right is the device of Finarfin (Gelmir and Arminas were of Finarfin's people). The lower-left is Fingolfin's, which is not so closely connected to this story, but the Gate of the Noldor (though built by Turgon) was made as the best way from Vinyamar to Fingolfin's realm and the device of Fingolfin is a good counterpart to that of Finarfin (also I like it so I wanted to have it included in one of the illustrations).

Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum
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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mzfantasia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors!!!  Very nice job, this style really suits you :)
neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moc se mi libi ty dekorace okolo obrazu. Vadilo by ti kdybych se to pokusil predelat do vektorove podby? :)
neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nevadí, klidně to zkus. :-)
Jedi-Anakin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Teda nechtělo by se mi to malovat :-) dobrá práce!
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky za komentář! :-) No, trvalo mi to dost dlouho, ale jsem rád, že jsem si s tím dal tu práci... :-)
Chalaya Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I just love that middle picture with the rainbow! Those rocks are outstanding in their rendering. So lifelike! The wings in the corners are really well done. I love the intricate little designs in between each drawing as well. This looks like you put a lot of time into it! Well done!
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I did! :nod: This series as a whole is perhaps the biggest art project I've done so far... :-) I'm realy glad you like it, thanks for your comment! :hug:
Chalaya Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! All your hard work paid off. It looks amazing! :)
silamir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
as always, such beautiful scenery :)
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