Now Tuor came to the ruins of a lost road, and he passed amid green mounds and leaning stones, and so came as the day was waning to the old hall and its high and windy courts. No shadow of fear or evil lurked there, but an awe fell upon him, thinking of those that had dwelt there and had gone, none knew whither: the proud people, deathless but doomed, from far beyond the Sea. And he turned and looked, as often their eyes had looked, out across the glitter of the unquiet waters to the end of sight. Then he turned back again, and saw that the swans had alighted on the highest terrace, and stood before the west-door of the hall; and they beat their wings, and it seemed to him that they beckoned him to enter. Then Tuor went up the wide stairs, now half-hidden in thrift and campion, and he passed under the mighty lintel and entered the shadows of the house of Turgon; and he came at last to a high-pillared hall.
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Unfinished Tales: Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
watercolour. A3 paper.
This is another another picture made for Projekt ilustrace monthly challenge, but already last summer, not quite finished for the deadline, then left for several months and at last finished. I returned here to my favourite story from the Silmarillion which I already illustrated several years ago in a complex six-part series (see Tale of Tuor, Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum
). I also have to mention my ten years old illustration of Vinyamar
, so you can compare the depictions:
When I was designing the great hall, my general idea was to take inspiration from two sources: Gothic architecture (Noldorin architecture has to be at least as majestic as Gothic cathedrals) and Art Nouveau (its curvilinear designs are among the most elven-like things I have seen in this world). So what do you think about this design?
Also, in case you haven't read it in my journal, I have recently set up an Instagram account ,
so you can check it out and follow. I put there a mix of older finished pictures but also various sketches and WIPs I don't have here, so you can certainly find some new things there.