May 12, 2017

First Age Week: more art + characters to remember

Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol + Melian, by DonatoArts (featured). Absolutely gorgeous and humongous painting of the scene. The story of Beren and Lúthien is perhaps one of the most popular from the First Age, telling the epic romance of an elf-maiden who fell in love with a Man. Together they steal a Silmaril literally out of Morgoth’s crown, and Lúthien ultimately gives up her immortality to be with Beren. I would highly recommend reading about the story of Beren and Lúthien, as they will be referenced quite frequently in LOTR, unlike many of the other First Age characters.

Beautiful sketch of Lúthien dancing in the woods, by Ephaistien

Set of mystical illustrations of the Ainur, by Rysowania. The Ainur, of whom the Valar were the greatest, are the ‘gods’ of Middle Earth, although by the Third Age they have mostly stopped interfering with the lives of Men and Elves. Of special note is Varda, who created the stars, which were the first illumination in Middle Earth. Varda (also known as Elbereth Gilthoniel) is the most revered of the Valar by Elves, as we will see in LOTR. Her husband was Manwë, the lord of the Valar, who controls the winds and the sky.

Intriguing portrayal of Manwë and Varda, by MatsumotoSensei. This artist has a ton of cool Silmarillion-inspired art, definitely check them out. (side note: this specific art actually was actually the design for a super cool cosplay of Manwe and Varda)

Notes: Almost to the end of First Age Week, hope you all have been enjoying this look back into the ancient myths of Middle Earth. Main takeaway from today is to remember who Lúthien and Varda are! ~Tom


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