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Valacar of Gondor by MatejCadil Valacar of Gondor by MatejCadil
Valacar – Yuquainea Aran Ondonóreo – ar Verirya (Valacar – the Twentieth King of Gondor – and his Wife)
Valacar was the son of king Rómendacil II, who (as the regent to king Narmacil I) led a large army that in T.A. 1248 defeated the Easterlings in the lands beyond the Anduin. In this same region also dwelt numerous groups of Northmen, of which the most powerful was the "King of Rhovanion" Vidugavia, who aided Gondor in the fight against the Easterlings. Rómendacil wished to strengthen the bond with him, so in 1250 he sent Valacar as Gondor's ambassador to Vidugavia.
What Rómendacil did not foresee was that Valacar would become so enamoured of the people and lands of the North that he would want to marry Vidugavia's daughter, Vidumavi. Rómendacil gave his consent to this marriage so as to not antagonize Vidugavia or the Northmen in Gondor's service and Valacar and Vidumavi continued to live in the north and produced a son named Vinitharya in the northern language or Eldacar in Sindarin. Rómendacil finally recalled his son to Gondor in 1260; when Valacar arrived he brought his family as well as a household of noble men and women from the North.
The news that the heir to the throne had married a woman of a lesser and alien race did not sit well with the high men of Gondor. Vidumavi was short-lived according to the measure of the Dúnedain and they feared that her descendants would prove likewise, thus diminishing the majesty of Gondor's royalty. This fear, plus the distaste of the people of Gondor (especially the southern fiefs) for the Northmen who had come into the realm, led to unrest during Valacar's own reign. Upon Valacar's death Eldacar had to face a civil war, also known the Kin-strife, when his cousin Castamir usurped the throne of Gondor for several years.
pen and coloured pencils, A3 paper. 2017.

Finally! Continuing the series of the kings of Gondor. :-) I have to admit, I had this picture (together with Eldacar and Aldamir) mostly finished already a year ago, when I showed it on an exhibition during the Tolkiencon in Prague, with only several little finishing touches added later. But because I decided to make a picture of Castamir as well and publish them in sequence, Valacar was slightly delayed. :blushes:
Valacar is here of course depicted with his wife Vidumavi (by the way, I think she is together with Berúthiel and Arwen the only consort of the king of Gondor known by name). I really enjoyed devising her outfit and overall appearance. I wanted her to be really different from all the other queens of Gondor to emphasize her role. I imagine the Northmen of eastern Rhovanion as a blend of Germanic (Viking) and Slavic cultures, so I took my inspiration from there. I drew the couple holding each other to express their love, but also I wanted there to be a hint of melancholy and sadness because Vidumavi, as a short-lived Northerner died many years sooner than Valacar. (But I am not satisfied with Valacar's face, it doesn't look quite right.)
The background obviously shows a settlement of the Northmen in the Rhovanion, again inspired by ancient north-east European settlements.
As for the border decorations, the predominant green colour represents the Northmen, while the style is a variation on the design of Rómendacil II. I imagine it to be Northmen-style ornaments (inspired by the folk art of north-eastern Europe) and something of a break from earlier Gondorian tradition, as seen with kings before Rómendacil.

So what do you think about it? I'll appreciate your comments! :-)

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Previous king: Romendacil II of Gondor by MatejCadil  Next king:  Eldacar of Gondor by MatejCadil

For my portraits of earlier kings of Gondor, see the Early Kings of Gondor and the Ship-kings of Gondor
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Toraach Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
Finally :) !
 I like how diffrent it is and fresh to older gondorian art. It is even more creative comparing to previous ages, than the portrait of Romendacil II. Decorations are very innovative in some aspects comparing to the gondorian baroque of the lazy kings, and inspired by green, vegetation, perhaps some inspiration by northern woods? But also there is more conservative in overall composition of decorations and their shape, especially in corners to Romendacil. I think that this composition is more square, sharp, when Romendacil's was more round and flowy. Also there is still a tendency to more individualistic portraing of rulers, despite that it was, I pressume, completed many years after Vidumavi's death, when Valacar was the king of Gondor. So I think that during Valacar's reign the gondorian artists after a relativly short and productive period of admiration to foreign designs (northernization) returned to some old gondorian styles, which were combined with the foreign inspirations into a new original period of the gondorian art. 

I like the wooden architecture here. People forget that in North and Eastern Europe were also interesting buildings, (I'm speaking about the early middle ages), that wasn't like that "oh so developed arabs built palaces, and dirty europeans lived in barns". It is just that wooden architecture is much less resistant to time and fire than stone. Well, even close to Czechia it is possible to see one of impressive wooden churches. In Karpacz in Poland, there is a wooden church, originaly places in Norway. It is a strange story how it moved into Karpacz, because it was brought there during the German Empire, and after 2ww it remained in this place. cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostel_W…

Also I think that the previous picture was even more slavic in decorations, in reminds me about folk art even more, than this one :) 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your insightful comment! I love to read such interpretation of my art. You partly express the same thoughts I had (so I am glad I managed to convey that in the picture), partly share very interesting insights, about both the style of decoration and the architecture. :-)
I really enjoyed drawing the buildings in the background and just as you say, I wanted to show the best from the medieval architecture of North-east Europe as the main inspiration for the Rhovanion. I have read about the Wang church, it is not far from our cottage (some 20 km as the crow flies, though on the other side of the mountains), I have not visited it, but I would like to. :-)
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Toraach Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
I forgot, but a great job with their clothes! A yellow tunic for the king, and his wife, this fur collar, small things, but they make a picture great. 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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luucalio Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colours are gorgeous, really nice! -maxie
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Intricate, evocative, and beautiful. Tolkien raised some fascinating issues in that material.
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment. Indeed, it is fascinating story, on the one hand the significance of noble lineage and ancestry, on the other hand racism. And the theme of forbidden love, in a way related to the story of Beren and Lúthien, but exploring possible further consequences...
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Like the salvation of both Rohan and Gondor, respectively--the Long Winter, when Gonodor saved the starving Rohirrim with food shipments, and, of course, the War of the Ring.
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Ninquenaro Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Wow! It's the first time I see them painted!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: I think I recall seeing one simple picture of them somewhere a long time ago, but that is not much, considering how interesting their story is. So I was glad I could depict them. :-)
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the details in the hair and clothes :)
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Linnea! :-) Yes, It was fun to design and draw and  even learned a bit about historical fashion in the process. =D
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juanramram Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
Wiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D
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