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Glorfindel Turnaround by 89ravenclaw Glorfindel Turnaround by 89ravenclaw
Glorfindel of the Golden Flower Turnaround by 89ravenclaw

I'm going to hate this when I look at it tomorrow, but I finally 'finished' this. It took me way too long because me and clean lines do not go together; I'm a rough and paint kind of artist.

I originally wanted to try and play with his color scheme and base it more on a celandine (yellow and greens), but it didn't look right with the color schemes I have going on for Gondolin as a whole. Greens and yellows are a lot closer to what I have going on for Doriath elves in my mind (I'm also using greens for more dubious characters and locations within the Fall of Gondolin narrative). So instead I went with the color scheme I had in my original concept painting for him, which are more earthly browns, blues, and yellows.

Once I have the color schemes for the other twelve captains of Gondolin, I'll come back to this and try to find a way for a more celandine palette.

In any case, I got the shapes to all represent the flower, though it does make the armor look a bit too second age (change of color should fix that). Luckily, the other armor concepts I have for the twelve captains look radically different from this.

Original Concept Painting Here: [link]

Tumblr: [link]

PS I really want to get someone to model this in Maya so I can rig it.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I think this is one of the best interpretations of him I've ever seen :)
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
thanks =)
bluedancingkittykat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Because even in the midst of carnage of warfare, elve's gotta look good.
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
you know it =)
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
How do elves manage to stay so clean and kept even in the midst of full on warfare. Never have to shave even after a days battle. Where as the humans get gritty and look cool, elves are prissy clean freaks. I haven't read all the Tolkien books yet, but I've been curious what Tolkien meant by the "Gift of Men".
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There are some elves who have recorded beards in Tolkien's works, and I certainly will draw them more dirtied up if I paint actual scenes. They just described as being more beautiful and shinning with light of the west since they've seen that light, so Men tend to look more dull in contrast. In addition, Elves are clearly more scientifically advanced in the First Age than Men, so it makes sense that there armor is nicer, heck I draw most of the First Age men in cloth/leather armor.

As for the 'Gift of Men' it's basically that they get to die, though where they go has not yet be revealed (obviously similar to Christian theology, but in a period of time before a first coming)
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Two things that always struck me; One, was the timeframes. Tolkien wrote the beginning of the fourth age was around 6,000 years before 20th century Earth standards. Despite this, they had thousands of years to develop even prior to that. Despite thousands of years they never invented firearms or vehicles or electricity (on our part it took us 1800 years to rediscover the steam engine). Second Elves being immortal. Besides seeming unfair(though the Dunedain could live much longer than typical Men), how does an immortal race procreate but keep it's numbers in check without outstripping the natural resources of the world for thousands of years.
89ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
If you measure out a lot of our history, the rate at which technology advanced was relativity stagnant compared to last few hundred years. And certainly there is suggestion that there were large periods of advancement, but then we declined again. So it's not entirely improbably for technology to advance as slowly as it does in Tolkien's world.

That being said, it's not advancing as slowly as many might think.

We see the elves in their earliest of days where they have no technology at all. We then see that original group divide so that the one's who make it furthest West, and therefore closer to the Valar and their knowledge, undergo a very quick slope of advancement. This advancement is made more clear once the Noldor return with their knowledge out of the west and reunited with the Elves in Middle-earth, who are portrayed as more primitive in terms of technology.

Once the elves return only 590 years transpire until the First Age ends, and during that time the Elves are constantly at war with Morgoth. Because of this there is a sense of advancement in terms of weapons, but this relates more to smithing techniques.

There's also a clear indication of advancement in ship crafting and the disparity in ship crafting skill between the different elven groups.

In addition, we also get a sense that they are continuing to develop their building techniques, since they learn additional knowledge from their contact with the dwarves, and we see them doing a lot of building during the Long Peace near the beginning of their time in Beleriand.

However, this time of prosperity is short lived, and the advancement of science becomes less and less feasible as each Elven and Manish community is wiped out.

As for Men, we see them advance a great deal in terms of technology upon being introduced to the Dark Elves, and even more so when they're introduced to the Noldor.

Similarly, during the second age it is very obvious that the Numenorians are a much more advanced culture than those of the Men that we see in the third age. This makes a lot of sense especially when correlating the Numenor with Atlantis myth.

Finally, in the Lord of the Rings we are constantly told how Man and Hobbits view the elves: as magical beings. However, when Sam asks Galadriel about this, she doesn't quite understand what he means. This is because what the elves do isn't magic, but Science far more advanced than the other races of Middle-earth.

So technology does advance, but then devances, and then begins to advance again, over the course of Tolkien's legendarium.

Also, in regards to your question about the Elven populace, in some of Tolkien's other writings he clarifies that the Elves don't have very many children (Feanor being the exception), since they have to expel some of their energy in the making of the child into that child. It's all in the 'Laws and Customs Among the Eldar' essay if you want to look it up.
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