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Out Of The Sea I Am Come by TurnerMohan Out Of The Sea I Am Come by TurnerMohan
"'Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta' And those were the words that Elendil spoke when he came up out of the Sea on the wings of the wind: 'Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world.'"

I always imagined these lines (as spoken by Elendil) not as some chest-out lordly proclamation, but as something more humble and personal, spoken aloud to no one in particular except perhaps the rising sun over middle-earth; more like a prayer than anything else (like hurin's "day shall come again," it seems to me one of those middle-earthian 'prayers spoken by people who don't know what praying is' moments) It goes better with the image of the escape of the faithful from the Drowning of Numenor as a desperate flight; borne up out of the angry sea by divine grace, the nine ships of the elendili, beaten and torn by the wind and waves, make it to the shore of Middle-earth, there to start over.

I think I kind of blew it on this one. I'd had an image of the moment in my head for years; the great man on his knees in the shallow surf too exhausted to stand, soaked to the skin, his small fleet a battered wreckage behind him, seabirds floating overhead, but as it stands i think the composition's too cluttered with background elements and I'd have been better off leaving it with just Elendil in view. I'm fairly pleased with the way Elendil himself came out, but the wet hair doesn't allow for this very striking, blasted-back shock of hair I'd had in mind - like when moses comes down from seeing the burning bush - as if witnessing firsthand the wrath of God and the destruction of Numenor has marked him in his very bones.

the wet clothes are pretty good though.

Part of the weekly tolkien sketchblog.
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree that you did do Elendil's wet clothes well. I also agree that the background elements are distracting from the main focus, but I like the ship. The seagulls are also very nice. And I've always thought of Elendil's saying like that as well. Wonderful work!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
i think they'd be less distracting in a softer medium, like pencil or watercolor, where you could allow them to sit more lightly in the background, also the whole composition is a little too tight and narrow i think, not really alowing any of the elements to breathe (i drew it in a sketchbook)

glad you like the seagulls, they occured to me late in the drawing, but i love this sense their presence gives (in my mind anyway, not necessarily in the drawing) of the bigness and ongoing nature of the world; numenor has been destroyed and the greater part of it's people lost, but the sun still shines, the birds still flutter and go about their business, life goes on.
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, that the background should be softer and more spaced out. I really think you could redraw this, and do it beautifully. 

*nods* Yes, the addition of the seagulls was excellent and does add that element of ordinary life. It's something for Elendil to hold on to after almost all he knows has been lost, that life goes on, like you said. 
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acne27 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I think you did very well.
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AnarielRowen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Priceless...
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
 For some reason I find my thoughts turning to this track from Mr Patrick Doyle's soundtrack to Sir Kenneth Branagh's 'Henry V' for no reason that I can quantify.

 Save perhaps that 'tis a very excellent score! 
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
This is a very evocative image. I liked it as it is, didn't think you would need to change it much to have a great picture. The speech by Elendil, recited faithfully by all who took the Scepter or the Crown, was a wonderfully simple & direct statement of purpose, made to his five shiploads of followers who had arrived with him in Eriador.
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konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the background elements, but perhaps draw them more lightly and left Elendil as is, to set the focus on him?  I think an element I would've added as well would be a handful of people doing busy-work; the two combined would give an effect of being an island of quiet among the chaos he just experienced and the (imaginably) jumbled efforts of the survivors, and would work well with your notion of an exhausted and humble personal 'prayer'.

Also, that line is definitely at the top of the list of my favorite lines from LotR, and one of the few Elvish phrases I remember in its entirety.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
i had thought about people in the background, on the ship and dragging ropes through the surf and all, but unfortunately not until too late to include them. I think it would have helped, since elendil looks a little like a lone castaway here, and I wanted part of his exhaustion to look like it came from having had to function as this keeper (in the spiritual sense) for all his people, like a biblical prophet (I'd had a similar choreography in mind for the moment fingolfin steps from the last of the endless ice sheets onto stubby, frozen turf, actually for a long time the two scenes each kept me from drawing the other, as I didnt know which one to spend it on)

I know I keep saying this but once I've become a more competent watercolorist I will probably try to do this over in paint, with the right changes to the composition, but I just wanted to finally get it down on paper.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
 I love the concept behind this image Master Mohan and think that you have done a very fair job of putting it on paper, but do agree that it's not QUITE there yet (I like the idea of Elendil on his knees when he speaks his simple vow, but it seems a little hard to make out the fact that he is kneeling - which might be due to the long robe; if you make a second attempt at this very excellent concept, I would suggest depicting him either in a simple tunic or in a long cloak, rather than both).

 Otherwise I do think this a respectably strong image, not least thanks to those seabirds wheeling about their daily business (and doubtless heckling the weather-man in their own inimitable style for sending such a tempest their way!), which lends the proper touch of 'The world is bigger than Mankind' to the image.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
alot of elements in this composition could use some fine tuning, and it would have probably been adviseable to do it on a larger paper, so as to give everything more space. as I mention above I think i'll probably redo this one in watercolor at some point (the blue wizards are currently monopolizing my painting efforts) but maybe beforehand I'll try and draw elendil from this angle in closeup, ala my take on legolas, as I have a pretty well formed, consistent picture of his face at this point (and if this were a movie i think that'd likely be the next shot, the intimate one, following the establishing)

that was my purpose with the birds; the world goes on, the sky is still overhead, the ground still below, and most creatures go about heir lives neither knowing nor caring that numenor ever existed (it is perhaps a good reintroduction of the seabirds into numenorean/gondorian heraldry) also, having grown up on and around the water (my dad worked as a commercial sailor and I've lived in two waterfront houses and a houseboat) there's something about seagulls gathered en masse, doing their thing, that is rythmic and meditative, it kind of forces you out of your own head and your own problems (or it always has for me)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
 I must say that there is something very soothing about just watching birds go about their day - although I admit that I prefer the sort of birds you see in your back garden to seagulls (mostly because their voices are generally more pleasant to listen to, partly because they're less likely to stalk you in hopes of a quick snack!); I must also say that I'm really looking forward to your taken on the Blue Wizards, since as I have noted before part of what drew me to your work and by extension into deviantART in the first place was your knack for working passing mentions out into particularly intriguing characters!

 I'm also very interested in seeing your rendition of Elendil at what one might argue is the nadir of his fortunes, right on the very point of proving his Quality by taking a loss that would have killed or emotionally crippled a lesser man and turning it into the foundation of a series of Mighty Achievements - Arnor, Gondor and the Last Alliance (any one of which would not shame Charlemagne).

 I hope you continue to enjoy your work as much as we do!:) (Smile) 
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sound like you had quite the picture in your head, maybe you should re do this into a "painting" or something?

"Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come" That's a pretty epic, poetic, thing to speak!
It feels a bit, dare i say romantically? but yet still it has some force behind it, i mean you get that he's here to stay, and at the same time it feels a bit doomed.
If i understand you correctly, he is shipwrecked here? So he wasn't planning on coming here?
So he's forced to stay, in some way then i guess, sort of doomed to make do with the place and breed his kin until they eventually will cease to exist in the end of time... quite epic indeed!

Also he's the ancestor of Aragorn, right? And im guessing its from the Silmarillion? :)
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
elendil and his people escaped the drowning of Numenor, basically the middle-earth version of atlantis, so they have no homeland to go back to. he and his sons, isildur and anarion, founded the kingdoms of gondor and arnor (which is not mentioned in the LOTR movies, and did not last to the time that the lotr takes place, but it is actually supposed to have been located where the shire and bree are, Weathertop, where frodo gets stabbed by the nazgul, is a ruin from that kingdom) and formed the last alliance with the elves against sauron. he was killed by sauron, as is shown in the movie prologue. and yes he's aragorn's ancient ancestor.

the history (and cataclysmic end) of numenor is told in the "akallabeth" which is this twenty or so page long epilogue to the silmarillion.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So you could say he is stranded and domed to make the best of it?Because that quote sure sounded a bit bitter.  And he surly seems to have done the best of it, i mean it's a pretty vast area between the Shire and Gondor. But surly he or them, could not have built such vast empire without resistance from the locals? Or perhaps only Elves lived in middle earth so far?

I really need to read the silmarillion i think, sounds very interesting, actually more so than the LOTR trilogy :P
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I tend to think of those lines (especially as spoken in elvish) as being like something you'd hear in an ingmar bergman or werner herzog film (the opening of "the seventh seal" definitely had an influence on my conception of this image) their country and homeland that they loved so much and put so much stake in is lost forever beneath the waves, but the sun still shines, the birds are out feeding and cawing, life goes on. that's the feeling i wanted to convey anyway.

the numenoreans had had a large colonial presence in Middle-earth before the "drowning" so some of the groundwork for establishing new kingdoms had been laid already, but Elendil and his sons were supposed to have been very busy for several decades after this moment (they built the towers of minas tirith and minas ithil (later minas morgul) the cites of osgiliath and annuminas, the giant argonath statues, the tower of orthanc in isengard, and the tower at weather top just to name a few) There were other humans about, but most of them looked kind of like this and so didnt present much difficulty, also Elendil's followers (unlike their more militant, conquistador-like numenorean predescessors) were more interested in working with the locals than subjugating them.

Needless to say but I would highly reccomend the silmarillion, especially for you as I get the impression you're more interested in the world and the races and peoples (and the big battles) than in hobbits.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha The seventh seal! "Who are you? it is I whom is death." probably the most famous line in Swedish cinema history :)
Just like in the real world disaster strikes and the world goes on like nothing ever happens. And with the fall of one great civilisation, another rises. Interesting scene to do, but hard to capture in just one picture.Not that i think you did to bad :) Altho you might want to have the ship a bit more destroyed.
Either way it's a epic line written by Tolkien, full of depth and badass ^^

Oh i see quite the little Romans in some ways then!

Yes, That would be the best way to put it!
As i kid i listen to the Hobbit and LOTR on tape or something, but i think i was too young because all i remember i that i was scared shitless by the scene of Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn talking about how Saruman wnaders the woods of Fangorn in many shapes.


And since i found You and also beheld Abe Papakhian's pictures(especially his depiction of Ecthelion wrestling the Gothmog) That i realised that Tolkien's world is also full of strenght and brute force just like the best of Robert E Howard :) Al that magic and Elven slender sort of scared me off! Haha
But like i said i'm starting to realise that he actually writes the old fashioned masculine, testosterone fueled strength from deep within the hero, stories as well... That probebly sounded really weird haha!
Im not in to all that "ooh look at my shiny sword and how fast i am, whoops now i shot you with magic stuff" Rather more like "I cast him out of this world" or what ever it is Gandalf says about his fight with the Balrog. 

So yes if the Similarion is the one with the badass heroes of old, all the races and big battles, then it has to be the Tolkien book for me :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
 I must admit that I honestly believe quite a number of those colonists, especially after The Temple was built and the true nature of 'The Gospel According to Sauron' was revealed, were drawn from the ranks of those who didn't like the direction in which Numenor was headed but who were not devoted enough to their chosen cause to try riding the wolf their King had caught by the ears and tried to wrestle into submission … (I'd like to think that the more mild-mannered Numenoreans got the heck off the Island, leaving only the crazy-brave, the crazy-nasty, the True Believers or the utterly indifferent behind).  
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
You are being extremly productive lately, I like it. :)
Is it me or your Elendil doesn't have the same nose than on your other drawing of him ? :p
Apart from that you are being too much critic on yourself, I like this drawing a lot. The use of pen give a dirty feeling to it which fit the "after the storm" situation really well (and look akin to the Noah comics I recently read). For the background composition it's a hard choice : if you don't show the boat we will not see where he is coming from and if you don't show the land we will not know where he is heading to. Also if the background is just empty it will just look like Jesus kneeling on the water in the middle of the sea. :/
The boat is great, not has sophisticated as the boats of the Elves you see in most depiction, but still great-looking.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
his nose here is not as classical as seen in the last image, it was a bit of a misstep with the pen that i regret, but this piece was drawn pretty quickly and I was trying to take the alan lee strategy of not giving disproportionate detail or attention to the face (i call it the alan lee strategy, because i've observed it in many of his drawings and paintings, there may be some other name for it, but i doubt it) i think I could have included the background elements, but a little more gracefully, maybe made them smaller or more washed out.

The ship was based in large part on roman models. as tends to be my working strategy with the elves and the dunedain, i try to mix celtic, greco/roman, and germanic/vikingish style calls, finding the lines they have in common, and bending the ratio where appropriate (the elves in valinor and the men in numenor i tend to see as more classical in their clothing and styles than their more "northern" inheritors in beleriand and arnor/gondor)
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