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
just uhh, gorgeous!
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
Thank you for your kind comments that really means a lot to me and I am delighted that you enjoyed!! Although this work may conflict with the idea that we are made by reading the writings of Tolkien
'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
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 . However, it is a fascinating story, in my opinion..
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 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
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!
It is oil on canvas paper.
The way you've captured his delicate features along with the fine details of his clothing and the crown is just stunning!
Thanks again my dear friend !!!
( I have not done to be influenced by Lee Pace, although I really like Thrandy and his eyebrows )