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The Iron Crown (Melkor) by Brunild The Iron Crown (Melkor) by Brunild

A portrait depicting Melkor, who wears his crown (as I see him in my mind)

(Oil on canvas paper)


Character by J. R. R. Tolkien
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FairYng Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Beauty, pride and power... dark beauty, excessive pride and corrupted power of fallen Vala. Excellent!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
I am really glad you  appreciate my depiction of this character!! Thanks a lot for your kind words, it means a lot for me!! :heart:
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dead-lovers Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Gorgeous.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is BEAUTIFUL!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Np. You deserve it girl!=)
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DymondStarr Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015   Digital Artist
LOVE IT!!!
just uhh, gorgeous!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I am really glad you've appreciated!! :heart:
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DymondStarr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015   Digital Artist
You're most welcome! :D
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Still one of my Favourite's :heart:
So, so beautiful , handsome, royal looking :)
His Eyebrow's are really delicate and lovely. And I truly love the bright hair , in combination with the Darkness, it gives an otherwordly beautiful touch :)
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank  you so much for your lovely words, I  really appreciate! ! :hug: :heart: 
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
You are alway's very welcome my Friend :hug: :heart:
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peet Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It seems to be a recurrent theme with extant pictures of Morgoth to either go 'handsome and humanoid', or 'monstrous and humanoid'. I confess, I still can't quite decide either wy in my particular case, except that once he obtains the Silmarils and returns to M-e, I probably lean more towards the latter (a bit like how Sauron cannot take fair form again after the Drowning of Numenor). Still, this is a very beautiful and sensitive rendition of the Mightiest Being in Arda; I like particularly the patterning on his clothing, as well as the crown itself, which brings to mind Ancalagon the Black :). He almost looks Vanyarin!
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Brunild Featured By Owner May 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
In fact, after reading the Silmarillion, I was fascinated by this character and I went in search of images that represent him. I have found many images in which he is represented monstrous and humanoid of immense stature. All images of great artistic quality, undoubtedly. However I did not see it like that, I thought, if he can be hurt, perhaps the description of the duel against Fingolfin is only a metaphor. I have imagined him  more human character, even if he is an immortal Vala. I see his image more in tune with the world of Arda itself, while the majority of the images that portray him, portray him as an entity almost alien and different from the creatures of Arda (Elves and Men). I think he looks more like a mortal man or an Elf and I created my own version. I have assembled pictures of various real faces and I created roughly what I had in mind :)
Thank you for your kind comments that really means a lot to me and I am delighted that you enjoyed!! :hug:  Although this work may conflict with the idea that we are made by reading the writings of Tolkien ;)
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peet Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I respect very much your vision and explanation. I actually too did not imagine Morgoth to be as tall as a tower or a mountain during the famous duel, as some depict him (I don't even picture Balrogs to be that gigantic either); rather, though I did picture him to be bigger than the High-king, it was not necessarily by much, and I think metaphor is indeed our friend here. In this case, I guess I think it best to defer to Tolkien's description of Sauron and then apply it to Morgoth (who may in turn have only looked slightly taller, and slightly more terrible):

'Sauron should be thought of as very terrible. The form that he took was that of a man of more than human stature, but not gigantic.' (Letter 246)

Although there is also this citation to contend with ;):

'Suddenly [Morgoth] fell, as a hill sliding in avalanche, and hurled like thunder from his throne lay prone upon the floors of hell. The iron crown rolled echoing from his head. All things were still.' (Of Beren & Luthien) 

However, this still brings me on to my point about handsome or monstrous? In fair form, I agree: undoubtedly handsome and like one of the Children (just like Annatar). But otherwise, I feel terrible is the right way to go (at least for me) - though being terrible does not necessarily mean being ginormous - except, surely, when he first descends upon Arda:

'Then Melkor saw what was done, and that the Valar walked on Earth as powers visible, clad in the raiment of the World, and were lovely and glorious to see, and blissful, and that the Earth was becoming as a garden for their delight, for its turmoils were subdued. His envy grew then the greater within him; and he also took visible form, but because of his mood and the malice that burned in him that form was dark and terrible. And he descended upon Arda in power and majesty greater than any other of the Valar, as a mountain that wades in the sea and has its head above the clouds and is clad in ice and crowned with smoke and fire; and the light of the eyes of Melkor was like a flame that withers with heat and pierces with a deadly cold.' (AINULINDALË; emphasis added) 

Generally, though, I think he looked dark and terrible as was his wont; except when disassembling himself before the Valar, and suing for pardon in Valinor. After which, again, he returns to his original form:

'Now Melkor came to Avathar and sought her (Ungoliant) out; and he put on again the form that he had worn as the tyrant of Utumno: a dark Lord, tall and terrible. In that form he remained ever after' (Of the Darkening of Valinor)

But like you say, we all have our own imaginations. In this case, this is a great depiction of Melkor in Valinor rather than First Age Beleriand. And I love it :D

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Brunild Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
I really thank you for your kindness and for mentioning the Letters of Tolkien and some parts of the Silmarillion, which, at the time, I have not at hand.
I agree with you on all these points, where some things seem unequivocal. However, it remains a question mark, that sometimes I asked myself, about the size of the Silmarils: I believe that they can be the size of a pearl or a little bigger, though Feanor had them embedded in its crown and Beren could subtract one from Iron Crown with ease...
With regard to the writings it is also true that there are some inconsistencies that give rise to doubts, especially if you think that the Silmarilion was published, still unfinished, after the death of Professor and probably his son Christopher he assembled the various parts. In fact it is more like a collection of short stories rather than a continuous narrative. Unfortunately I have not read the translation of HOME, but someone told me about the appearance of Morgoth before the Men in which he appeared with good looking. (In a time when he could not take on a beautiful shape, is not it?)  By the way of the adjective "terrible" I believe that it can be interpreted in many ways: I can think of Philip IV, King of France , which was described "beautiful" by his contemporaries but was terrible for his acts of crudelty to political opponents, I remember the Trial of the Templars, for example.  
However all my representations of Melkor (and Sauron) are linked and are inspired by a Russian novel, which tells the Silmarillion from the viewpoint of Melkor and where Melkor and Sauron always have the appearance of the Children of Eru ( Closer to my idea ;) ). I am aware that for a purist this may sound heretical, in fact my friends members of the Association Roman Studies Tolkien does not want to hear about it =P (Razz) . However, it is a fascinating story, in my opinion.. :) (Smile) 
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It might be the case that the Silmarils could change in size, like the One Ring. But indeed, this is speculation; there is no way of knowing for sure as Tolkien isn't explicit on the subject, as is the case with many things in his legendarium. Much like 'real' mythology and/or oral tradition, there are points that get lost, become muddied or remain ambiguous. I think in this case, this was deliberate on Tolkien's part. As he says in one of the Letters, one cannot explain away absolutely everything, otherwise the magic is lost.  

As for the Black Silmarillion, which I think you're referring to here, I haven't actually read it. It may indeed seem heretical, and I'm normally interested in the canon as far as Arda is concerned. But if something is theologically or philosophically interesting, as the Black Silm appears to be from what I've read of it, I don't mind too much. I'm actually working on a commission (whilst juggling others!) of Sauron's assault on Tol Sirion, so you'll eventually get to see my take on him at this particular moment as the terrible sorcerer of the First Age, and well before his time as Sauron in Numenor ;)

By the way, I think I found you on :facebook: as your name seemed familiar when you liked a post of mine - I think. It's nice to put a face to the words and art :D
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Yes, the attempt to explain everything to lose the magic of the doubt and, perhaps, the author's intention was precisely to suggest the questions in its readers.

The Black Silmarillion is a chronicle of the events narrated by the losers and is one-sided as it is also the story of the elf. This is one of the reasons why I find it interesting. I am a curious person and I like to know also the downside. Without taking anything away from Tolkien of course, I love and respect him very much.

I can't wait to see  your work finished, I am really curious!! I really like also your depiction of Sauron in Numenor  ;) and at soon as possible I will write a comment for the picture!
I forgot to add that, yes, it is true, in my painting Melkor has almost the characteristics of the Vanyar, not by chance. There are many pictures in which he is almost always dark, on the contrary I imagine him quite bright in his human form as he loved the light in the beginning.
Yes it's me that I put like in your page and on the pictures, I looked for and found and it is a great pleasure to follow you there too! :D
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peet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I think in some respects Tolkien wanted to explain everything if he could (since he was so into fine details, and hence the incessant revisions up until the end of his life), but at some point realised he was fighting a losing battle. There is only so much one can do in a lifetime: it's the same with, e.g., philosophers, most notably Marx, whose ideas were constantly shifting and evolving, and therefore hard to systematise. Yet in the end, the question of retaining 'the magic' was I feel a useful literary device on Tolkien's part, and one that I'm happy with personally.

Yes, I've read about the Black Silmarillion, but since there is no English translation it seems unlikely that I'll get to read the work itself! Maybe somebody will be brave enough to attempt the translation one day ;)

And many thanks re: Sauron in Numenor! Unfortunately Sauron and Tol Sirion has taken a back seat for now, as the need for it was not quite so pressing as first imagined. I've worked out the line work and will one day return to it to fill in the colour. In the image he's sort of part-warrior, part-Necromancer -- and part Dracula!! Well he has bats and wolves circling around him, you see, with many desperate Noldor warriors being overwhelmed at the onslaught ... I always imagined this to be the start of Sauron's Transylvania period ;)

As for Melkor the Vanya - it seems to make sense, if you're inverting the traditional interpretation of him, to make the suggestion that he is similar physically to the Light-Elves. Great idea!
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Wonderful and beautiful :heart:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for having appreciated! ! :heart:
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Hugabouv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
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Sketchevrywir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
This crown you made is really nice, love your take ion him~
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! !
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh WOW.  He's very haughty and fay; very wonderful!  He very much reminds me of pre-Raphaelite paintings too.  Or Richard Dadd's work.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm really flattered by such a comparision!! Thank you so much for your kind words! ! :heart:
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Artigas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
This exotic and androgenous look fits him well. Gorgeous piece!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I am very pleased and honored that you enjoyed my version! Thank you so much for your kind comment, it means a lot for me!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
You deserve it! your art is gorgeous!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! Woohooooo! :tighthug:
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RennaLorie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What medium do you use? Cus the softness and detail is amazing!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! !

It is oil on canvas paper.
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RennaLorie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! I would have never known. Wonderful job! :)
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks again! ! :heart:
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RennaLorie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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RachelFelicity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is such a gorgeous painting!
The way you've captured his delicate features along with the fine details of his clothing and the crown is just stunning! :heart:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind comment! ! ;)
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EKukanova Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Fantastical portrait! Love his face  expression, so calm and proud, like on Renaissance portraits, his soft hair;  and the crown... :P I'm just fascinated by  the glint in the eyes of this crown))) design extraordinaire! :love:
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Brunild Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
I am really glad and honored you've enjoyed :heart: !! About the glow on the crown, I used a digital effect Ashamed , I know that I should not do but it is so much fun ;) !!

Thanks again my dear friend !!!
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dear this is beautiful! I love the lines of his face and just... :wow: beautiful! 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks my dear friend, I am glad you like it!! :blowkiss:  ;)
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:huggle: You've made a great job! Wow now I notice that the pattern on his chest looks like an engraving into thick leather.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! I wanted to draw some silly doodles =P (Razz) 
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Huinare Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His expression is awesome (and his eyebrows too)! 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend :tighthug: !!

( I have not done to be influenced by Lee Pace, although I really like Thrandy and his eyebrows =P (Razz)  )
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owl-glass Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
What a lovely Melkor! *__*
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you dear!! ;)
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owl-glass Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
you're welcome =)
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