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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 Ilúvatar 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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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.  
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 ;)
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? 
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 
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
Brunild Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
   Melkor is handsome, i like it. The beauty of Devil !
Brunild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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. 
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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