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The ages of Melkor binding by Brunild The ages of Melkor binding by Brunild
This is Melkor when he was prisoner in the Halls of Mandos (painting inspired to the Black Book of Arda)

Known in English as The Black Book of Arda, Black Silmarillion or The Chronicles of Defeated, is a novel published in Russia by Vasilyeva N. and Nekrasova N. around 1992, based on JRR Tolkien's Silmarillion. According to the book by N.Vasilyeva and N.Nekrasova, the Vala Melkor was not originally the Great Enemy of Middle-earth, but a wise teacher and a martyr, while the Creator Eru Ilķvatar and the Valar are represented as tyrants without remorse.
In Arda, Melkor tried to act in accordance with his own thinking, but this was against the will of the Creator.


Original characters by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Sketchevrywir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
yah i kinda figured out eru couldn't stand anything he didn't like for even a single second so this makes me very happy
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
Glad to hear this! ! ;)
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Sketchevrywir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
i'm a melkor fan too

he became my favorite the second he ruined the music of the ainur

imagine him just playing loudly a tuba
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
It's the same thing for me!!

Very funny to think about this episode! ! ;)
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adiisp Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Hi Brunilde! I LOVE your depictions of Melkor! So hot... Interesting to find out about the book. Wish I had known sooner. This information is true. The stories are reversed, the true gods (Balrogs) were slandered. But, all is not so distinctly clear-cut, bad vs good guys. There is also natural disaster involved. Also Eru Iluvatar and the others were True in the beginning, and because they kept this Truth, were later called evil in the stories. The Father of all is in fact the "Satan" of our mythology. You are correct that most artists depict them as monstrous, and unfortunately the few artists who paint the beauty of the characters, STILL interpret it as "evil" and "corrupting" - not wishing to see that the beauty is truth, the Soul itself. But by painting this "evil beauty", for me it opened a true door about the characters.
Right now I am writing a blog about the Holy Nation of the Wolves (Geta-Danaan)  - if you want a visit, it's here: paintingadamandsauli.blogspot.… -  I included one of your paintings. To me Melkor is a girl, a true Amazon, the Fairy Dochia protector of the Danaans. Of course she would appear like a man to the men of old. Look up the Indian-written book "The Minotaur of Numenor" - although I have a huge problem with it because it doesn't understand the Gay issue at all. But the part about Melkor upholding Logic is true.  
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
First of all I want to thank you for your comment and for including one of my work on your blog , which I have visited and it is very beautiful and interesting, and also is interesting your point of view about Melkor!! Congratulations ! :heart:

I am happy that someone has understood the meaning of my paintings !
I am aware that many people , watching them , they have wondered what book I 've read. And many , I believe, that they do not consider myself a ' serious artist but that does not matter :D  In truth I have always imagined Melkor and Sauron also , with a pleasant appearance . A few years ago, after reading the Silmarillion , I tried to browse  the internet looking for a picture of Melkor in fair shape . But, alas, nothing . I thought, why not try to portray him as I see it in my mind? And then I discovered the Black Book of Arda , I read it, and in it I found a really more suitable for me ... I love this book that tells the Silmarillion from the point of view of Melkor and where evil is really just the fear of the unknown ;)
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!Bunny Emoji-30 (I'm cute) [V2] 
The Black Simarillion seems very interesting, do you know where I could find it? 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
   The Black Silmarillion... & other projects  This is the link, here there is a bit of transaltion of the book ;)


Thank you!! Heart 
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Shey49 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the link!Bunny Emoji-28 (Waving) [V2] Bunny Emoji-28 (Waving) [V2] 
I've started to read some of it, and I like it. It has a very refreshingly different take on the story! Plus, it's illegal and Russian-made to boot!bunneh icon1 LOL
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Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
;)
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Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
   Melkor is handsome, i like it. The beauty of Devil !
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Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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CrownlessAgain Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I really need to read this book (along with The Last Ringbearer, which is apparently another similar Russian book). Anyway, I just love your portrayals of Tolkien's "evil" characters. So beautiful and emotive. 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I'm glad you've appreciated it, as not everyone likes this type of interpretation in these characters, which should be ugly and bad =P (Razz) B-) (Cool)
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CrownlessAgain Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I totally disagree, and there are parts in The Silmarillion where I get the feeling that Tolkien is trying to describe Melkor and Sauron as beings of extreme beauty, despite their evil. Kudos for capturing that in your art :) 
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Brunild Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes, you're right: it is true what can be seen also in Morgoth's Ring, when Tolkien describes Melkor's appearance before the men. My comment was ironic, because many artists portray Melkor and Sauron (but especially Melkor) in grotesque and monstrous forms. Thanks again :heart:
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n924 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Russian here. The authors are actually two people, Natalya Vasilyeva and Natalya Nekrasova. LOL
Your picture is beautiful.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
Yes, I painted this thinking about this story. It's really a nice book.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and well-done.

I think you wrote a review for this fic of mine: [link]
Didn't you?
Thanks for the support.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes It is me who have written it.
I forgot to add that I liked how you have described the psychological aspect of the characters. Especially Namo, which is described a little 'cruel.
I can, now, justify the hatred of Melkor for all things, after this experience XD. (About the canon, I think it was a mistake by the Valar, humble the pride of a creature so powerful. I am convinced that this has definitely compromise any possibility of redemption.)

Well done :) :+fav:
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav.

And yeah, Mandos turned out to be a complete asshole.
He should have put himself in prison for being a rapist.:XD:
One thing that always annoyed me of the canon is how the evil characters are always portrayed as beyond redemption, and totally lacking any love or good quality.
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah ah!!!XD ;)

It is true, Tolkien described his characters (villains) as beyond redemption: repulsive, hateful ... But perhaps he has had the opposite effect :giggle: , at least on me. I believe that there is another side of the coin, I do not believe in the existence of good or evil absolute. I do not think that the Valar and the elves were the saints!!
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The same for me. I've been always more drawn to the "bad guys" in movies/books, since I was a child, don't know why. But I like it more when the villains have a vulnerable side, rather than being completely evil.
And yes, the elves weren't saints for certain. Fešnor for example was a big son of a b****
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Brunild Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
I also think in this way ;) I believe that there are positive quality in bad characters also, and I like this. There is not a world black or white, it's impossible!! :)
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Huinare Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aah poor Melkor!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
:D Oh yes poor thing!!
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Brunild Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
:rose: :D Thanks!! I always need another final for this story, but is not :(
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Chibi-sempai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
[link] you want me to die, want you? This is soo amazing and sad! Poor Melkor! Sauron! Take your lazy ass up to Valinor and help him!
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