Apropos of nothing this may be, but it occurs to me that reports that Gil-Galad and Elendil "wrestled with Sauron" make a lot more sense if one imagines that The Dark Lord took them on armoured from head-to-foot but unarmed, save for the colossal power in his evil spirit and towering physical form, an invitation to hand-to-hand combat … which The High Kings would have been wise enough to decline!
(I admit that I'm a little disappointed that Elendil does not appear to be on the brink of taking Sauron about the waist and THROWING him to the ground before being hurled aside himself, dying at the very moment Gil-Galad pins Sauron to the ground even as he is consumed by the fire of his wrath and Sauron's hatred … I may have a melodramatic imagination).
Grey vapors curtained off the horrors lagging behind and i wasn't sure exactly what i saw until my eyes pierced through the shield of smoke and backs of my starttled allies. Before i raised my head to this horrible dread a sickening shriek sounded in my ears. It was my own. Blazing eyes delurked from the shadows and metal glove grasped our captain's sword to cast the finishing blow on his defensless body. Like a child seeking refuge under the quilt I closed my eyes. But he was still there, waiting, eating away my soul and brain with heartless, blood-red gaze. The horrying shape made from shadow and dust, a creature conceived by death. I beheld...
I must admit that The Last Alliance is one of my favourite incidents from the entire Mythic Cycle composed by Professor Tolkien; Elves and Men take on The Dark Lord in Sword-and-Sandals style AND WIN (also The High Kings WRESTLE with Sauron - as far as I'm concerned this places them with Fingolfin and Huan, Hound of Valinor in the Gold Standard of Middle-Earth Heroics).
To be honest I actually see it as proof of Professor Tolkien's maxim that those who fail of their promise do not always fail of their seed; I see The Last Alliance as being the fulfilment of the mighty promise Hurin Thalion threw into the teeth of Morgoth and his thralls at the Battle of Tears Unnumbered "Day shall come again!" (not to mention that promise of victory glimpsed in the Union of Maedhros before the treachery of Ulfang upset the balance of the battle in the Enemy's favour); some part of my imagination would like to believe that 'Aure Entuluva' was the war-cry of the Alliance at Dagorland, where many ancient scores were settled.
Lord of the Rings, I'm guessing? I thought I'd figured out Gil-galad, Elendil, and Isulder (ugh... spelling not working yet this morning), and then I noticed that someone had commented on Gil-galad's spear.... so you're definitely doing a good job. Furthermore, the colors, shapes, and general feel of the piece do seem very much Renaissance. Its funny because the gray patches in the background (like the flag) almost look like places where the fresco flaked off. The only thing that doesn't quite seem to fit with that style is Sauron himself. Maybe its because his armor is so bulky and his stance is rather square, but it seems like I recall even the villains in that art being portrayed as beautiful things with rounder shapes. At any rate, you did an excellent job. Wish I could do LOTR fanart with half the skill.
If you want a "renaissance feel" you should try to work with some kind of oil-brush (?) ... because this looks like pencil ... a little like the early Warhammer Fantasy-Illustrations ... still very nice work!
I don't remember reading anything that said everyone was attacking Sauron, only Elendil and Gil-Galad, and I believe Tolkien had them wrestling Sauron down. I could be wrong. My take has Elendil sacrificing himself to allow a killing blow by Gil-Galad.
I prefer less symmetrical compositions, off center makes things more interesting.
I can't believe it's been 9 years since last i saw this in its sketch form, wow. I can even see that the old man on the left changed a little in its original features (in the sketch).
When i saw this and your other drawings in your gallery, i instantly remembered seeing them almost a decade ago. I even went back to my old LOTR files and went, "yup! it's him!" lol. Great to find your artwork here on dA as well, kudos.
well, now you know at least these old guy here remembers the good ol' days, lol.
Kudos to ya then. In my opinion, i think you have what it takes man. Sometimes life gets in the way, so i understand the procrastinating stuff (i do that all the time and i shouldn't, but oh well). Keep at it, so far, so good .
A FANTASTIC piece. I have never seen such concepts used in such professional efficiency. Kudos the world over for finishing this painting - it seems like it could very well be a vivid fresco that would not be out of place in the Hall of Fire in Rivendell, or even in a memorial chamber in the House of Kings in Minas Tirith.
Simply beautiful, stunning, and well-researched. I love the subtle - and not-so-subtle - nuances and bits of gear echoing the Renaissance and other periods of our timeline, from Elendil's sabatons to the hilts of Cirdan's sword as well as his studded jerkin. The detail is exquisite.
Thanks! I'm glad someone picked up on all the armour research. I tried to find something unique for each individual. Elrond's armour was based on high renaissance Polish armour, while Isildur's tried to reflect the fact that Numenorean's were mariners. I remember reading somewhere that Tolkien saw them in the same vein as egyptians, so that's where Gil-Galad's pharaonic looking helmet comes from.
Thanks! This isn't from the Silmarillion. This is Elrond's description of the final battle on the slopes of Orodruin, from the council of Elrond chapter. He talks of Gil-galad's death and Elendil's fall.
So the characters are Cirdan, Elrond, Gil-galad, Elendil and Isildur.
It is a great scene, and very well- written. Their sacrifice is very noble, but it is also nice to see how that affected the lives of their sons : How Turgon got indebted to Huor for aiding him to retreat, and later he would accept Tuor as a son... It proves that Men could be as brave and valorous as the Elven lords , and how different they were from Uldor's kin who betrayed Caranthir and swore alliance to Morgoth.
On another note, I love how you've designed the Dragon Helm. It looks very realistic.