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Beren and Luthien by Iardacil Beren and Luthien by Iardacil
He sought her ever, wandering far
Where leaves of years were thickly strewn,
By light of moon and ray of star
In frosty heavens shivering
Her mantle glinted in the moon,
As on a hill-top high and far
She danced, and at her feet was strewn
A mist of silver quivering.
When winter passed, she came again,
And her song released the sudden spring,
Like rising lark, and falling rain,
And melting water bubbling.
He saw the elven-flowers spring
About her feet, and healed again
He longed by her to dance and sing
Upon the grass untroubling.

Again she fled, but swift he came.
Tinuviel! Tinuviel!
He called her by her elvish name;
And there she halted listening.
One moment stood she, and a spell
His voice laid on her: Beren came,
And doom fell on Tinuviel
That in his arms lay glistening.

As Beren looked into her eyes
Within the shadows of her hair,
The trembling starlight of the skies
He saw there mirrored shimmering.
Tinuviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering.

Long was the way that fate them bore,
O'er stony mountains cold and grey,
Through halls of ireon and darkling door,
And woods of nightshade morrowless.
The Sundering Seas between them lay,
And yet at last they met once more,
And long ago they passed away
In the forest singing sorrowless.

Part of "Lay of Leithian" by J.R.R Tolkien

After three months of trying and not being able to create anything I would be remotely happy, I managed to surprise me today - with very few hours I managed to come up with the basics of this image.. Sometimes I have been working on image for days and still not be happy and with this.. it just came.. I have tried to figure out why and maybe I did. I will try to explain it.

But before, I most thank Lindowyn-stock for that amazing serie. When I saw that serie back in spring, I knew I have to use it and the question was just how. I have been huge Tolkien fan for years.. I think reading "Hobbit" back in early years in school what lead me to "Lord of the Rings" and from there on to other books.. it had huge impact on my life. It influenced where I am now.. I think it took me to fantasy, it took me to LARP.. it took me to the path I am standing now.

And one of most powerful stories of the Middle-Earth setting, for sure, is story of Beren and Luthien.. It is something so big and something I would not dare to "touch" unless I am sure I can work it out. And somehow that was the reason it took me so long from seeing the stock to finally make something with it.

I tried to portray the magic of the moment their first meeting.. Meeting what will change their life.. meeting what was fated.. Meeting, for the first time, the one who is your true love.

I think even if it was sad story and tragic, there is something I really liked about it.. I liked the tragical, the destiny.. the commitment and willingness to follow the loved one where ever it takes.. The strength of the connection those two had in the story.. the dangers they were ready to face to earn the peace. The quest they took - to get Silmarillions. It was something so huge.. something anyone else dared but for love - they did. The way love was able to overcome everything.. fare, doubt.. they could have ran, they could have hide, never to return and be together in exile but they chose by honor - to earn their love.. And I admire the strength, the courage..

I can only imagine.. when reading the story and that poem.. The magic of their first meeting.. The moonlight coming between the trees, the happiness... but also the darker tones, doom falling upon them.. even from that moment.. Mystical forest in the midnight around them.. I wish that oneday I would stand in a place like that with my true love look into his eye and see all that what Luthien saw - deep commitment, will to overcome every obstacle..

Or maybe I already have.. I mean.. been on the place like that.. as I remember one very beautiful nigh in a forest in full moonlight...

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alekgorn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why is luthien so small ?
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Paula2099 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, perfect!!
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Jabraille Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is so beautiful, and so... real, somehow.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
:D
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mbnn1079 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Gorgeously romantic!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thanks
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hobbit-O-giggles Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   General Artist
I love this poem so much, I'd really love to memorize it, although, it is quite long...
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
:D
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Antonio-Figueiredo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW Your work is very beautiful ...
Every Detail is Perfect
Congratulations

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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Thanks
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gacktvshyde Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
You've done nice job portraying their meeting :D Their story has always been so magical....
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
:D
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Oh, wow somebody actually draw her pregnant... wait, those are sleeves :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
yes, sleaves
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little-thorn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
i can't get enough of your work
bravo!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Thanks
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little-thorn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
i can't get enough of your work, Bravo!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:D
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dmtr1981 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Great book,and a fantastic love story too.. :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
:D
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Finarfin24 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Nice !
The Silmarillion is my favorite book ever !
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
:D Mine too
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Arah019 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
beautiful work!
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Gorgeous
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing, hunny! :heart: This piece is breathtaking, and it really draws you into their world.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Thanks
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diju888 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow its incredible,,, The Lay of Lethian must be the most beautifull history I have ever heard and you represent it perfectly.
Really love your work.

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Lo fantastico es tan real como tú lo quieras ver.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
:D
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AdurnaDragonRider Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Beautiful. Just lovely. I love the story of Beren and Luthien
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Thanks
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AdurnaDragonRider Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
You're welcome. :)
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LukasEnricBS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Tolkien left behind a whole world for us to explore <3
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
:D
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
read this in the silmarillion; now I really want to read the lay of leithan too! aaahh. Well done :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
:D
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Hethrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is staggeringly beautiful....
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Thank you
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batmanrox1319 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I love this :heart:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
:D
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zealousshadow Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The beauty and detail on this is incredible. It's an intensely powerful scene, and I think you have managed to do the words justice. I particularly like the shafts of moonlight, the effect of the water, and the beautiful falling leaves which make everything etherial, as if time itself is standing still.

Beren and Luthien, such detail in their faces! Somehow I like that Luthien's chin is not too obviously pointed--she is extremely beautiful, but not in the exaggerated way most people draw elves. Their clothes too are of exquisite design.

This must have taken a long time, working little by little, but the effect is magical. :frail:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
:D
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kronusnec Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
She was an elf. She was blond i think. Great job anyway.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Luthein you mean? No, she should be dark haired
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brandrificus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
:wave: Hi there ! Your beautiful work has been featured in my journal entry here [link] . :iconsomeredhearts:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thanks
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LadyAnniel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
beautiful :)
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Thanks
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NTGreen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can sympathize ... have been going through the same artistic "drought" ... this piece is lovely though! You have wonderfully captured the true essence of the story! :tighthug:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
:)
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SheWolf-26 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Aww, this is so gorgeous. Love the reference to the story :)
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