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The Dispossessed by FaerieCarousel The Dispossessed by FaerieCarousel
I've been playing with India ink again and the result is lots of Silmarillion character sketches.

Yes, I believe Celegorm is fair-haired and can back it up with a line from one of Tolkien's poems.

Yes, I subscribe to the Peoples of Middle-earth version of Amras' fate.

And yes, I'm having way too much fun with this.
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:iconvolnaib:
Found it on tumblr and came here. Because brush and inks. And the Silm.
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:iconfaeriecarousel:
Aw, thanks! I will be doing more portraits and hopefully a comic-y thing too with this same style/technique after I graduate next month. Thanks for finding me, I love the Silmarillion!
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:iconvolnaib:
That's nice! Also, found your faeriecarousel.deviantart.com/… - on tumblr, too. I wouldn't even imagine it was made by the same author. And that's great.
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:iconvanillekeks:
Wow, this is really great! I love the contrast the ink creates! You're very talented!
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:iconfaeriecarousel:
Thank you very much! :)
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TheFlyingChemist Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I ask which poem? It's always nice to have more info in the eternal Tolkien hair-color debates...lol!

Amazing artwork, by the way! It's really well done. I like how much thought went into each character, and their expressions:)
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Ok it's been a while, but I think the passage in question is in the Songs of Beleriand, because there are scraps of poetry there which Tolkien wrote in which he actually describes people a little more clearly and he says 'Golden Celegorm' or something like that. Of course people can argue that this was an old piece of poetry that was never published or indeed finished and thus not canon, but come on. Celegorm the Fair!

Thank you very much for the comment and I'm glad you liked how I depicted these guys :)
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Then Celegorm arose amid the throng (p. 169). In QS this is followed by 'golden was his long hair'. In the Lay at this point (line 1844) Celegorm has 'gleaming hair'; his Old English name was Cynegrim Fœgerfeax ('Fair-hair'), IV. 213. The phrase was removed in The Silmarillion text on account of the dark hair of the Noldorin princes other than in 'the golden house of Finarfin' (see I. 44); but he remains 'Celegorm the fair' in The Silmarillion p. 60. HOME V
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Aha! There we are :)

I believe I was thinking of the Old English name, in conjunction with the lays. It was probably one of those issues for Tolkien where he very much liked things as they were but hadn't figured out yet how to make them fit logically enough for his liking--like how he agonized over Maedhros' name after realizing Elros uses the same root. I love that man.

Thank you for the detailed reply! I wish I had my copies of HOME with me here at university but alas.
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TheFlyingChemist Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know!

Again, awesome drawing :D
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