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Beren and Luthien by TurnerMohan Beren and Luthien by TurnerMohan
Middle-Earth's most famous lovers, living out their last days in peace under the eaves of Tol Galen, a slight change of pace for me.

The idea to depict them in old age was motivated primarily (if I'm being honest) by not feeling quite up to the task of depicting Luthien in her prime ;) but also because it seemed a really good place in their story (namely the end) from which to view the story as a whole; their timeless, perfect love, their unparalleled feats, their overcoming of fate and death (or perhaps they were simply fated to do exactly as they did; it is after all by their union that a strain of divinity enters into the human race, which stands to inherit the earth one day) and their life upon returning from the Halls of Mandos, lived out in a kind of heaven-on-earth, isolated and content in their love and seemingly retired from the troubles of elves and men (robin williams' and anabella sciora's happy home in the hereafter in "what dreams may come" is basically what I think of for Dor-firn-i-Chuinar)

I wanted both of them, and especially Luthien, to actually look old (you know, not like a twenty five year old beauty queen in old-age makeup, like you see far too often in the last scenes of those decade-spanning movies) in some ways the image (the one in my head, not necessarily the one I was able to put down on paper) of the most beautiful of all the children of Illuvatar, born to live forever, growing old and dying, but happy and in the arms of her beloved is both impossibly sad but also joyous, like the Lay of Leithian itself; the loss of Luthien is a sore one from which the elves and seemingly the earth itself will never entirely recover, but she was lost of her own decision, and did so, as per the lay's closing line, without sorrow. I could imagine the two of them leaving the world like this, to be found where they lie by Dior shortly thereafter.

Part of the Weekly Tolkien Sketchblog. Special thanks to John Howe for the bramble leaves (I never get tired of ripping those off)
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite part of this has to be how you can still see through the shape of Luthien's face that she was once the most beautiful Elf, despite all the wrinkles and grey hair.

And Beren is great. I can see the resemblance to Tolkien himself. :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
 One idea that occurred to me recently while I was contemplating whether Beren ought to have black hair or brown (for the record I decided on brown hair with blue eyes, partly to give him a more 'everyman' quality by Tolkien standards, but also to avoid unfortunate implications being seeded in the mind of the GoT generation when a damsel with black hair + grey eyes marries a dude with black hair + grey eyes): Beren really does seem to be something of a Harrison Ford-type of hero - one who tends to be the butt of a joke and take a thumping along the way, but succeeds through sheer doggedness anyway!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
yeah well i think brown hair and blue eyes works as a more common, humanized, less lofty version of black and grey (it's amazing how many of tolkien's characters have that desaturated color scheme) like harrison ford, beren has a lot more of that "everyman hero" style than his mighty hadorian cousins turin and tuor; I always saw him as quite young and not really a big "man's man," more a late 90's Dicaprio, or even a james mcavoy, than a tom hardy or chris hemsworth.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
 Mr Chris Hemsworth does seem a credible heir to Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger as Hollywood's reigning 'Nordic Demigod' type (although the former seems to be more Frey than Thor - unless we're talking about THE MIGHTY THOR!); it actually struck me recently that old Ah-nuld might be a pretty decent model for old Hador Goldenhead himself (while his physique IS too 'Mr Universe' as he's aged his face has acquired the right mix of 'Boyish' and 'Follow me if you want to live' to make a convincing chieftain of the Line of Marach).   
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Master Mohan, I particularly like your idea of depicting Beren One-Hand as bearing a resemblance to his creator (the obvious is no less appropriate for being so and I don't believe I've actually ever seen another artist USE the idea); I also like this thoroughly touching book-end to the Lay of Luthien (I can never think of the tale of these two by any other name, because Lady Luthien really IS the star).

 Concerning the younger Luthien it's my opinion that you should do your best to ignore her beauty when designing a depiction of her and instead focus on evoking the rest of her character instead; from what we can gather she's fearless to the point of bearding both The Enemy AND his heir in their own dens, charming to the point of that very charisma being something of a disadvantage at times and thoroughly devoted to those whom she loves (but not blindly; she seems to follow her own ideas of what is the right thing to do, even in the face of her father and seems self-willed to the utmost degree).

 I would also suggest that her solitary dancing in the wilds of Dorthonion might not only be a reflection of her security or her self-confidence, but a certain desire for the peace and quiet denied her by virtue of her beauty, her charisma and her rank drawing those seeking to court either her hand in marriage or just her goodwill.

 I'll add a final, peculiar idea that occurred to me on contemplating this most charming lady; she reminds me just a little of a Hobbit.

 Think about it, a youthful and boundlessly self-confident individual raised in a blissful, well-guarded realm by watchful guardians and quite possibly completely inexperienced when it comes to (albeit not quite ignorant of) the Darkness in the world, who proves herself unexpectedly tough and resourceful even after a decidedly comfortable prior existence. Perhaps memories of that blissful living even strengthened her against the despair that gave the Enemy so much of his power over the hearts of Hurin's Children?

 Is it just me or is there a genuine parallel there? (admittedly this is partly based on my mental image of Luthien Tinuviel as being somewhat petite physically, a little birdlike and yet very elegant, very much not a professional ballerina yet with the physique of someone who practices her dancing for the joy of it - Ms. Audrey Hepburn is one of the influences that occurred to me, but not the only one and perhaps not even the best one).
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
your idea of luthien as being hobbit-like is interesting, and holds water well enough on all technicalities you mention. I see luthien as basically a teenager, the classic fairy tale princess age (and those are almost always alot younger in the original versions of their stories than would make a modern audience comfortable) in the age of innocence (a definingly important trait for her, i believe) but coming into adulthood, she's reveared by everyone as basically this perfect being, and is on the receiving end of aggressive advances from all sides, often enough (as with morgoth and the sons of feanor) coming up on rape territory. she's been protected by her mother, over-protected (and ineffectually to boot) by her father, and quite pragmatically protected in the field by huan (a sort of on-the-road father figure whose role as a slayer of wolves - themselves a creature often associated with sexual agression - i have mentioned elsewhere at some length) eventually she does basically lose her innocence, and dies (beren really is a teen girl's father's worst fears realized) but she chooses it, so it's understandably bittersweet. Underscoring that feeling of innocent youth, i myself always saw her as shorter and even a bit baby-faced compared to these tall, proud, hard-boned noldor women like galadriel or aredhel (I've often entertained the idea of a somewhat perceptible racial breakdown between the tall, fearsome noldor being more like the norse alfir and the woodelves being more like the celtic conception of the fair folk) I'd mentioned younger jennifer connelly - who in the course of the last twentysomething years seems to have made the jump from the one camp to the other - as a pretty perfect physical model for the character in my mind, though other actresses and even people i know would probably inform any depiction i were to do of her aswell (as a general rule i think anybody who could play snow white could play luthien, except maybe kristen stewart)
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Your idea of Beren as "a teen girl's father's worst fears realized" really reminded me of this french comics :

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The character on the right is Galadriel and she is saying something like : "Do I think your father is going to freak out ? Well... let's say it's quite big for a teddy bear". ;)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
 It suddenly struck me that Elu Thingol is a great deal more sympathetic than most give him credit for, that along with my reaction to the idea of a family tree that included immortal beauties on the order of Ms. Liv Tyler and Ms. Jennifer Connelly amongst it's fairest fruits (that reaction? "Find that tree and climb it like Tarzan of the Apes!").
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
well wouldnt you know it the little fucker gets her pregnant and killed, and worse still she thinks it what she wants. Thingol is often a douche, but my heart goes out to him on that one
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
 In defence of Beren One-Hand HE died long before the Lady Luthien did and his first death represented the climax of a series of events that Thingol's own sore-headedness effectively put into motion, albeit not necessarily through deliberate thought - for what sort of madman would actually TRY to take a Silmaril?!? (it should also be noted that Dior Thingol's heir seems to have arrived at some respectable remove of time AFTER the wedding!).

 I do feel sympathy for Thingol more often than not; he's no fool, but on the whole he pursues the course of wisdom even when that road veers perilously close to folly (it can't help that there really isn't anyone except his wife who can pull seniority on him and by all appearances the Lady Melian focuses on Otherworldly affairs, like keeping a Horde of Satanic monstrosities out of Doriath, leaving wordily policies to Thingol).
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
i dont buy it with dior. that stretch of time after tol sirion when luthien's so glad beren's still alive and it's just the two of them and the dog walking around in the woods. something went down ;)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
 HAH!I am a dummy! 

 That WOULD give a somewhat different twist to 'the Lay of Luthien' - on the other hand any lady smart enough to sneak around Sauron until she's in a position to turn him into a chew-toy, sing rings around Morgoth AND keep Beren One-Hand alive while getting them both out of the immediate vicinity of Angbad is unlikely to be so foolish as to fall pregnant while heading headlong into Middle-Earth's Underworld. 

 If she can shatter the stones of an Evil Under-lord's stronghold with her power, she can probably avoid inconvenient conception.=P (Razz) 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
 True that last part; you also make an entire series of points in the rest of your reply, even unto your point about Beren One-Hand being a father's worst nightmare (although it's only fair to note that Thingol himself rather drove Beren toward his Doom by being a closed-minded old hob of a Fairy King - one can only suspect that part of the reason Turgon was so easy-going about Tuor marrying the Princess of Gondolin was so that nothing like the mess Thingol helped get his daughter into would happen to his House).

 I'm interested by your idea of depicting Doriath as more Celtic than the more Norse Noldor; out of curiosity would this visual motif apply to their costumes as well? (I must admit that the parallels between Melian the Maiar and Amaterasu-omikami continue to suggest themselves to me, which makes it hard to avoid working a few Japanese influences into designs for Doriath).
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Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great idea, lovely execution.
Me likes!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! A much different portrayal of the couple, but still a beautiful one.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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jubah Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
oh god, this is all too lovely, one of my favorite illustratrions of this couple so far! 

I have wondered so much about this, because it always seems to me they died not a long time after they were reborn as mortals again, so I always wonder whether they actually grew very old or not (I prefer to think they did!). I also wonder if the silmaril had any part in their dying, since Beren seems fit enough to fight Nogrod's host when he acquires the silmaril, and then dies only a year later ;( 

the very notion that they could grow old and die peacefully and together, their bodies to be found by their son later on, is absolutely lovely however.. this is, as a rule, a book of bitter stories for families in general, so I like thinking of the instances where they happen to be happy :')
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
it stands to reason that they would be pretty damn old at the end. We dont know how old beren was when they first met, but he was, roughly speaking, a generation older that hurin and morwen, who died before him, in old age. the lotrwiki gives his birth and death as repectively FA 432 and FA 503, which would make him 71 (luthien it's harder to call, as she was already hundreds of years old at the time of their first meeting) There's a line in the silmarillion about the silmaril restoring luthien's youth and beauty to her but in truth hurrying her aging and death. That's a big part of why I left it out of this piece, it would just be too much additional baggage, and I didnt wan to muck up the simplicity of the scene.

actually I sort of wondered why nobody had done a scene of them in old age, as it seems like a very important element of their story (that Luthien gives up her imortal life and they age and die together)

I'm glad you enjoy my work, and thank you for all your lovely, thoughtful comments!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your idea of drawing them in their old age. This picture is so sweet and so serene :heart:
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks, glad you like it!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Well, a break from the heroic sturm und drang for this one, eh? Pretty nice, and kindly sentimental in its way. As a younger Tolkien fan, I was put off a bit by the resolution of their story, which also had to do with then end of Doriath, which might not have helped it some. From a more mature perspective, it looks better now. Beren and Luthien were allowed their happily-ever-after ending; they lived happily together, untouched by the troubles of the world, with a fine son to follow them, and then they passed away together, and left the world behind. From the Elven point of view it is a thing of sadness and mystery, but from the view of Men it is a tale of comfort and acceptance.

I am obliged to criticize on a point of order, since Tolkien had inferred that Luthien had kept her Elven beauty to her days' end, which seemed to be shortened after Beren gave her the silmaril attached to the Nauglamir, that jewel of ill-fortune. It was as if the candle burned at two ends, so to speak, but no one seems to have complained about it. Least of all Beren, I suppose, for he understood the transcendent and all too temporary beauty of mortal life and passing time. That being said, I suspect Tolkien himself would have approved very much of your theme of his greatest hero & heroine grown old and happy together. It was something like he experienced with his own wife, and which he probably held as the ideal relationship. And the brambles looked just fine!
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Very nice drawing :) According to Tolkien Gateway and Tolkiendil Beren died at 71 and Luthien was probably granted the same age when she came back (surprisingly it is said that she perished earlier cause of the power of the Silmaril but Beren perished at the same time : is it that Beren was granted a shorter time than her -like Aragorn and Arwen- are were they so tied up to each other that they couldn't live a different life so what affected one of them touched the other too ?)
I imagine that she just died here cause before that the Silmaril was able to hide her aging, showing her so radiant that she looked stil in her prime, but Beren was able to see through it and in the same time not caring about it cause he was seeing her beyond the beauty of the Silmaril. And then they both died and every one could look at her beauty, like Hurin did with Morwen, without Feanor's tricks, and she was in the same time more natural and prettier : the finest grandmom in Beleriand with still the memory of the young Elve maiden.

Okay I stop here ;)

(Your Beren remind me of your Denethor which is not bad cause Denethor got this really "Beorian" feeling. Still : be careful not to fall in an "only two types of old man" with the noble beorian old man -Beren and Denethor- and the fierce Hadorian -Helm and Hurin- ;) )

Not representing Luthien in her prime is in the same time very modest and wise imo, even the representation gaven by Dolfen (probably one of her fairest take on ME and the one I'm according the most with) is quite "under-the-'reality' " of what should be Luthien's beauty. Powerful enough to submit a Vala !
Same for not showing the Silmaril (once again Dolfen did well but not enough).

Just to precise : except if I missed a part of the HoME on this controversial chapter, Dior couldn't found his parents himself cause he was already King of Doriath, an Elf just brought the Silmaril.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
i may one day, tempted into folly, have to try luthien when she was still young and beautiful, but i wasnt feeling up to it here (I've got some ideas as to how, and I find a surprising number of artists interpret "most beautiful of all the children of illuvatar" as looking like morticia addams, go figure) and in any case, i wasn't particularly interested in fucking around with the technicalities of "is she or is she not wearing the silmaril at this time" or "does it make her look like she's still eternally young," this scene was (in my intention) about the emotional impact; this great would-be immortal beauty growing old and dying, but having chosen happily to do so, for love. I tend to regard beren and luthien as "middle-earth's romeo and juliet," mostly just in the "greatest love story ever told" reputation both stories have in their respective worlds (though there are certain plot similarities; the "forbidden love" aspect, the somewhat tybalt-like role of the sons of feanor, and I suppose a case for felagund fulfilling the mercutio role of "noble-friend who dies for the hero" could be made) but also, like in romeo and juliet, where the two young lovers die rather than be parted, luthien also, for the love of beren, consigns herself to die, and go with him into death rather than live forever without him. i didnt see fit to clutter that with technicalities like i mention above.

as for beren looking like denethor, I cannot say it was intentional, but while I dont see denethor as looking UNlike beren (he, aragorn and faramir probably all fit that genetic mold fairly close) I dont see beren as especially "noble." he is ofcourse, by birth and title, and being the heir of the house of beor he is actually the senior-most lord of the edain, but his house is destroyed leaving him nothing to inheret, and, unlike tuor or especially turin, he doesnt seem like some kind of mighty, predestined warrior and hero. He seems like the kind of guy who (in true Homer Simpson fashion) would consider his own greatest achievement scoring a woman far too good for him; more a lover than a fighter, and he is no real lord except in a "lord of his household" type way. He and luthien seem to live out in Tol galen this rather blissful, almost hobbitish existence (in the sense that we'd discussed hobbits before as representing this simple, agrarian lifestyle, and the good cheer and simple commonsense wisdom thereof) I was semi-conciously trying to make beren (and to a lesser but still present effect luthien) look a bit like tolkien and his wife; their story was, as is well known, very personal to tolkien. I'm surprised nobody's picked up on it so far (I would have thought the liver spots and noble english "jug-ear" would be a dead giveaway ;) )
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I'm not sure Luthien's beauty, like the Valar's majesty, is unreachable. But at least I feel it's something really ambitious, too much for most people who tried it I'm afraid. (Morticia Adams ! Haha excellent !) Given to what you said about beauty, Luthien and Fingolfin, I guess we share that opinion that beauty standards are something too much limited and restrain nowadays to one or two archetypes (but I guess it was the same back in the days, only that the culture were more diverse so the beauty standards varied more from one culture to another).

I never compared Rome & Juliette to Beren & Luthien but it seems to fit. Even if Tolkien didn't like Shakespear (mostly for his representation of Elves though).

I had this feeling about Beren being a more "human-hero" type. Fulfilling a personnal quest instead of saving thourthens of people and kingdoms. Luthien is basically doing all the work during the quest of the Silmaril. But Beren is mentionned a lot, along Turin, as one of the "heroes of forgotten past" : he survied on his own to Sauron's patrol, find his way through Dagor-Guiliath (which no one has done before and after apparently), etc. He is certainly a hero with a great "H", Luthien is just even mightier. He is a very human character and a great hero in the same time. Probably "noble" in Aragorn's way : a nobility less visible than Faramir's (as Pippin described it) but deeper and greater. Some kind of "noble-heart", kind with beasts and men, courageous beyond any limit, but not seeking for power.

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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
not unreachable, but not easy either, and one of the problems (or my problems anyway) with all too many portrayals of luthien by fan artists is that (like many artists interpretations of the male elves) she comes off too modern-day-actress/model-looking. For much of human history the feminine ideal seems to have been softer and fuller faced than today's "preferred ideal," for the fierce daughters of the noldor, some of whom like Aredhel or Galadriel seem almost a bit tomboyish, a leaner, more taut look seems appropriate (I tend to picture the noldor in general as more formidable and hard-faced than the teleri or their sindar cousins; the one being more like the tall, godlike "Alfir" of Nordic legend, and the other the more whimsical, woods-dwelling "faerie" of celtic mythology) but for Luthien who, as I've mentioned to zeonista, I also see as occupying the 'fairy tale princess" role in middle earth, I think a younger, rounder look would suit better (alan lee's painting of luthien seemed heavily drawn from the ancient "classical" female ideal, and while she does look a little plain and boring - as most women do in classical art - I think he was right on the money in terms of how serene and full-of-face he made her, as was the casting of liv tyler, a "plus size" by todays often ridiculous standards)
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I think most actress choices weren't bad at all. Cate Blanchett had this feeling of a really strong and tough woman in my teenager eyes and she was beautiful without being sexy, impressive and all. Liv Tyler was may be too much sexy (not speaking about her replacing Glorfindel which was not stupid anyway) but she does fit a different kind of sexiness than the average model and if a girl have to look sexy in the LotR it better be Arwen. She got this luscious feeling, with full lips, la Scarlett Johanson. Not my type but clearly "doing the job" (I'm more the Penelope Cruz type if you've seen "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona" ;) ).
Mirranda Otto, even if she was a lot thiner, had this feeling of being an antic beauty.

Speaking about feminine beauty for Tolkien. Some people relate Tolkien's vision to the pre-raphaelite movement in England and there are similarities in their approach (re-enchanting a lost world) and some paintings of this movement does feel really Middle-Earthian :
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I sympathize with your doubts in depicting Luthien, who was pretty much Tolkien's last word on non-divine beauty that those on the shores of Middle-Earth could expect to see. It's a great challenge, in trying to depict a semi-cloistered dancing princess with enough hair to weave into a cloak, but who can hop onto a pony-sized wolfhound and ride out to adventure with her proto-Dunadan lover, and face the most powerful villains in the First Age without loss of poise. Good luck getting that all down on paper!  Oops!

Beren was never a polished-looking guy, and Tolkien stated that meeting Luthien actually restored some of the youth and bearing he had lost from his years as a hunted outlaw. As per Aragorn, his words and deeds would reveal the hidden majesty within. Melian saw him more clearly than Thingol, but the tale acknowledges that the king saw him with the eyes of a father regarding the scruffy ruffian of a boyfriend his dear little princess wants him to like. :) (Smile) 
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Luthien seems to be middle-earth's entry in the "fairy tale princess" category. Tolkien once said of his work "I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic to the level of romantic fairy-story" and I think what originally put me and many people off about the tale of beren and luthien (no, you're definitely not alone there) is just how far over on the "romantic fairy-story" side of the fence it falls, with its big bad wolves and hair-ladders, to the point where it does clash with the tone of much of the rest of the silmarillion. but tolkien, I believe, understood better than most, and continualy endeavored in his work to present, just how connected the old epic sagas and tales of gods and the fairy-stories really were.

For this reason I tend to picture Luthien (despite being atleast a few hundred years old by the time she meets beren) as quite young, somewhere around that "just on the verge of womanhood" age, like all the classic grimm brothers' (and later disney) princesses; rapunzel, snow white, or sleeping beauty ("Labyrinth"-era Jennifer Connelly comes to mind) Funny thing is, in that company, the tale of beren and luthien (like eowyn and the witchking) is surprisingly "girl power," luthien's age, lineage and abilities are far greater than her would-be prince charming, she saves beren's life more often than the other way around, she seems to be able to go into Carrie-mode and destroy castles, and we even get this gender reversed take on the myth of orpheus retrieving his wife from the underworld.

I like you're explanation of Beren as essentially the highschool boyfriend who luthien's dad doesnt think is nearly good enough for his daughter (and wouldnt you know it, the little fucker ends up getting her pregnant and killed, thingol should sit down for a beer with moustache-dad from 'twilight')
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
The Silmarillion has many strong female characters in terms of personality. Luthien was the fairy-tale heroine played straight, without (these days) the inevitable Disney camp & simplification. Beren got a lot of the harrowing bits, but Luthien got the ray-of-sunshine bits to banish darkness and bring victory to the LIght. Thingol's reaction is pretty much that of the eternal father. It makes sense to me; his daughter is his dearest treasure, and he's not giving her away easily!
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LordArtharion Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
This quite a touching piece and I think this works out wonderfully. The old age really does reflect all that they went through. I am not even sure saying this is a great drawing gives it justice.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you so much for saying so! lifts my heart.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so sweet and endearing :) Really well done
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks! there's nothing sweeter than old people who arent grumps.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, exactly ;)
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TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've really hit on something special here. As soon as I realized how you'd depicted them, I started thinking of my grandparents, of a long life, well-spent with the love of your life; the emotional impact of this depiction is very different from any other rendition of Beren and Luthien. This is a special, unique piece of art, and you should be proud of the work you've done on it.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
there's something uniquely wonderful about old people still in love (it's pretty rare too, from what I've seen) it feels more complete and less a fleeting infatuation than the more commonly enshrined "young love." and unlike the romeos and juliets of the world (or the bellas and edwards for that matter) beren and luthien actually make it to old age. I'm glad you think so highly of it. thanks for the lovely comment.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I'll say : it's rare to have old people in love with each other in the way us, young people, give to the words "in love". That's really cute though, but a lot of other old couples still love eachother but more like a really tender friendship. At least that's how I feel about it.

(In my naive ways :P )
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RCris123 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

I don't think I have words to describe this! It's so peaceful and drawn like striped away from a dream, a long forgotten memory, and you get the feeling that they're just resting, although it may be now or soon eternal, but that eternity can't part them and they will be forever together... but that's a wish that already came true.

 And also you're the first to draw them old!

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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
and I have no words to add. you've got perfectly what i'd hoped to convey. thanks for the lovely comment. I'm glad you like it.
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RCris123 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Then that means you're a very good artist. Welcome.
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