the fall of fingolfin

Middle Earth Meme: 3 DEATHS
1) The Fall of Fingolfin

But at the last the King grew weary, and Morgoth bore down his shield upon him. Thrice he was crushed to his knees, and thrice arose again and bore up his broken shield and stricken helm. But the earth was all rent and pitted about him, and he stumbled and fell backward before the feet of Morgoth; and Morgoth set his left foot upon his neck, and the weight of it was like a fallen hill. Yet with his last and desperate stroke Fingolfin hewed the foot with Ringil, and the blood gashed forth black and smoking and filled the pits of Grond.

Thus died Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, most proud and valiant of the Elven-kings of old. The Orcs made no boast of that duel at the gate; neither do the Elves sing of it, for their sorrow is too deep. Yet the tale of it is remembered still, for Thorondor King of Eagles brought the tidings to Gondolin, and to Hithlum afar off. And Morgoth took the body of the Elven-king and broke it, and would cast it to his wolves; but Thorondor came hasting from his eyrie among the peaks of the Crissaegrim, and he stooped upon Morgoth and marred his face. The rushing of the wings of Thorondor was like the noise of the winds of Manwë, and he seized the body in his mighty talons, and soaring suddenly above the darts of the Orcs he bore the King away. And he laid him upon a mountain-top that looked from the north upon the hidden valley of Gondolin; and Turgon coming built a high cairn over his father. No Orc dared ever after to pass over the mount of Fingolfin or draw nigh his tomb, until the doom of Gondolin was come and treachery was born among his kin. Morgoth went ever halt of one foot after that day, and the pain of his wounds could not be healed; and in his face was the scar that Thorondor made.

- Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin, Quenta Silmarillion

Sauron was become now a sorcerer of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment.
- Description of Sauron, in The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

Fiiinally I’ve coloured that Fingon rescuing Maedhros from Thangarodrim piece @.@ 

And also introducing my headcannon Fingon=)

~ The close up is just a few minor AU Fingon/Maedhros details: I like the concept of handfasting especially for elves, seeing as they lack the urgency of time as mortals, marriages while supposedly for all times is more of a soul searching experience, and as such highly intimate (in a spiritually-ish kind of way) and subtle. So the yellow ribbons in Fingon’s hair is Maedhros’ handfasting ribbon and the blue is Fingon’s, and the white threads are actually delicate silver stitchings with oaths only known to the couple. The reason Fingon would have Maedhros’ ribbon in his hair was that the two had a fall out when Feanor went to confront Fingolfin and Maedhros as the eldest son felt that it is his duty to support his father. Maedhros is the more hot tempered of the two (the curse of Feanor) and threw his ribbon at Fingon in an impulsive move but Fingon being the more even minded one of the two had the foresight to know the fight won’t last. They never got the chance to reconcile properly before it all went to shits. So I guess this adds a bit more of a drama to the rescue? And the white things in his hair aren’t pearls, they’re actually supposed to be bells:P Since Glorfindel canonically wove bells into Asfaloth’s mane, I kind of borrowed that idea with Fingon, seeing as he is also quite musically inclined the bells must have played a sort of song whenever he moves around (giving the misconception to humans that elves tinkle when they move around). Ok headcanon vomit over > <

The Deadliest Elves in Battle

As I usually do with these questions, I’m going to give you a list of finalists, and let everyone choose for themselves who gets the #1 prize for deadliest elf to meet in battle. So, listed in alphabetical order:

  • ECTHELION: The guy basically head-butted the lord of balrogs, okay? He took down four of the things before he died (assuming you’re going by the Book of Lost Tales version, of course.) And the fact that his reputation lasted thousands of years says a lot.
  • FEANOR: History tells us that having any connection to Feanor at all can be pretty deadly, but the description we have of Feanor fighting in the Dagor-nuin-Giliath sounds pretty intimidating to me: “and he laughed aloud as he wielded his sword, rejoicing that he had dared the wrath of the Valar and the evils of the road, that he might see the hour of his vengeance.” Plus, while most people would probably be killed pretty instantly by one balrog, Feanor held out against a pack of them: “Long he fought on, and undismayed, though he was wrapped in fire and wounded with many wounds; but at the last he was smitten to the ground by Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs.”
  • FINGOLFIN: Called the most valiant of the elvenkings, Fingolfin challenged Morgoth (the most powerful of the Ainur, that Morgoth) to a duel, which is (in my opinion) one of the most epic fights in Tolkien’s legendarium: “Then Morgoth hurled aloft Grond, the Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and Grond rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under a dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of Angband fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the Northlands. But at the last the King grew weary, and Morgoth bore down his shield upon hint Thrice he was crushed to his knees, and thrice arose again and bore up his broken shield and stricken helm. But the earth was all rent and pitted about him, and he stumbled and fell backward before the feet of Morgoth; and Morgoth set his left foot upon his neck, and the weight of it was like a fallen hill. Yet with his last and desperate strokeFingolfin hewed the foot with Ringil, and the blood gashed forth black and smoking and filled the pits of Grond.”
  • GIL-GALAD: Any elf who managed to survive the First Age gets big points in my book. And not only did Gil-galad survive as long as he did, but he goes on to play a huge part in defeating Sauron (more information here), so he had to be a terror. Plus, if people still remember the name of your weapon, that’s gotta mean something.
  • MAEDHROS: Maedhros is a survivor. He’s scrappy. And, one-handed or not, he could do some serious damage in battle (Tolkien says that “he lived to wield his sword with left hand more deadly than his right had been.”)

Of course, this post is based on legends and reputation, which are hugely influenced by luck. Theoretically, there were plenty of elves just as - if not more - deadly than these guys whose stories we just never heard. Or who didn’t happen to meet such impressive foes.

SOURCES: The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales Part 2 (“The Fall of Gondolin”)

“The rushing of the wings of Thorondor was like the noise of the winds of Manwë, and he seized the body in his mighty talons, and soaring suddenly above the darts of the Orcs he bore the King away. And he laid him upon a mountain-top that looked from the north upon the hidden valley of Gondolin; and Turgon coming built a high cairn over his father.”

— The Silmarillion | Quenta Silmarillion - Chapter 18, Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
art by~Dakkun39

anonymous asked:

Ever wonder if Maitimo was with Feanor when he went on that charge, and when the death blow came for Feanor Nelyo pushed him out of the way? Taking his father place as the 2nd or first Feanorian to die befor the sun rose. What do you think that would do to the Finweians?

If Maedhros died instead of his father?

Wow, that would have some serious consequences.

  • First of all, when Fingolfin and his people arrived in Beleriand, there was great conflict between them and the Feanorians. It would have resulted in another kinslaying if Fingon had not gone and rescued Maedhros. His bravery brought peace between the two houses, but if Maedhros had been killed, and Fingolfin was met by Feanor..? It would not have ended well.
  • Second of all, If Maedhros had been killed then Feanor would still be High king of the Noldor and the crown would never fall to Fingolfin, and therefore not to Fingon nor Turgon. That would remove the necessary power the greatest enemies of Morgoth had; the all powerful advantage of kingship.
  • Third of all, Feanor would fuck it up. He was a bad leader enough to begin with, but if he witnessed another loved one die in front of him (because of him!) he would descend further into his madness and grief. The war against Melkor would end sooner because of his inability to calm himself and not rush unprepared into things. His thirst for revenge would be the doom of them all.
  • Fourth of all, it would all probably result in Earendil never being born, because too many things in history would be altered. Earendil was the one who went back to Valinor and convinced the Valar to come to ME’s rescue, he defeated Ancalagon in the war of wrath and he fathered Elrond and Elros. The line of Earendil is too important for the history of ME and the fight against evil. Elros became the king of Numenor and was the ancestor of Aragorn, who fought and won in the war of the ring. Elrond would become one of the most powerful enemies of Sauron and would play a vital role in securing the descendants of Elros, not to mention the ultimate defeat of Sauron.

No, too much depended on Maedhros being captured and Feanor dying. That moment is probably the most important event in the war against Morgoth. Feanor had to die and Maedhros had to be rescued. 

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Just posting a bunch of old and new sketches tonight since I haven’t been able to complete anything new U^U

- Dwarves (based off some really monkeys and flowers with really cool shapes and patterns *u*)

- Fëanor n more dwarves

- Turgon climbing the Tower of the KIng during the Fall of Gondolin

Might and Glory
Summoning
Might and Glory

Summoning, “Might and Glory”
Oath Bound (2006)

Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”
-The begin of the Dagor Bragollach:

Lyrical excerpt:
Rivers of fire, the dead of night
In winter lying cold and white
Upon the plain burst forth and high
The red was mirrored in the sky

From Hithlum’s walls they saw the fire,
The steam and smoke in spire on spire
Leap up, till in confusion vast
The stars were choked, and so it past

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So I’ve mentioned many times the canvas I’m gonna try and paint for my Senior Show to go along with the display of the artbook.

I decided from the start it would be Fingolfin’s duel with Melkor, but after re-reading the chapters when The Silmarils were stolen and Fëanor and his sons made their oath I started thinking maybe the Oath of Fëanor would be a better scene to paint (and possibly even easier given the time frame this had to be done). 

So I started working on digital versions of them because A.) I know exactly what I want to paint(n the color palette) and B.) In case I can’t finishing the painting on canvas in time I can finish a digital version that I can print out REALLY big. Still not sure which I prefer yet but I have to soon \(;A;)/

SO, HERE’S HOW THEY LOOK SO FAR -sweats- TwT

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Sketch of Eärendil and Elwing Sailing to Valinor

Couple of my friends and I got together for a sleepover to work on our thesis since our midterm is this coming Thursday.

I don’t have my usual brushes and tablet since I’m using my friend’s computer but this turned out better then I thought it would TwT

I’m still trying to decide though which part of the Silmarillion I want to focus on for my thesis since my depression has made me lose a lot of time to work on it so I’m behind and it’ll be less stressful.

I’m trying to decide which stories I like the most but also the most interesting to work on as far as concept art goes.

So help me decide between these! UuU

1. Ainulindale - Of The Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor

2. Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor- Of the Return of the Noldor

3. Of the Coming of Men into the West- Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

4.Of Beren and Luthien

5. Turin Turambar

6. Of Maeglin + Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin- Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath

7. Akallabeth (and maybe Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age)

Reply or Message your vote *3*)/

the-fall-of-fingolfin: 10 Books that have stayed with me

1. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce

6. So B. It by Sarah Weeks

7. Paper Towns by John Green

8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

9. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Then Fingolfin beheld (as it seemed to him) the utter ruin of the Noldor, and the defeat beyond redress of all their houses; and filled with wrath and despair he mounted upon Rochallor his great horse and rode forth alone, and none might restrain him. He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Oromë himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar. Thus he came alone to Angband’s gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat. And Morgoth came.

That was the last time in those wars that he passed the doors of his stronghold, and it is said that he took not the challenge willingly; for thought his might was greatest of all things in this world, alone of the Valar he knew fear. But he could not now deny the challenge before the face of his captains; for the rocks hang with shrill music of Fingolfin’s horn, and his voice came keen and clear down into de depths of Angband; and Fingolfin named Morgoth craven, and lord of slaves. Therefore Morgoth came, climbing slowly from his subterranean throne, and the rumour of his feet was like thunder underground and he issued forth clad in black armor; and he stood before the King like a tower, iron-crowned, and his vast shield, sable unblazoned, cast a shadow over him like a stormcloud. But Fingolfin gleamed beneath it as a star; for his mail was overlaid with silver, and his blue shield was set with crystals; and he drew his sword Ringil, that glittered like ice.

Then Morgoth hurled aloft Grond, the Hammer of the Underwrld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and Grond rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under a dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of Angband fell upon their faces and dismay, the cries echoed in the Nothlands.

But at the last the King grew weary, and Morgoth bore down his shield upon him. Thrice he was crushed to his knees, and thrice arose again and bore up his broken shield and stricken helm. But the earth was all rent and pitted about him, and he stumbled and fell backward before the feet of Morgoth; and Morgoth set his left foot upon his neck, and the weight of it was like a fallen hill. Yet with his last and desperate stroke Fingolfin hewed the foot with Ringil, and the blood gushed forth black and smoking and filled the pits of Grond.

Thus died Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, most proud and valiant of the Elven-kings of old. The Orcs made no boast of that duel at the gate; neither do the Elves sing of it, for their sorrow is too deep.”

The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Illustration: John Howe.

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SOOO I started working on my Melkor vs Fingolfin painting today!

I only got paint for an hour cause today was crazy busy and there was so much preparation I had to do cause I had to fix my canvas first and it was already dark outside (the studio is too creepy at night) T^T But i think this under painting has gone pretty well. 

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 Favorite Tolkien book passages {2/?}

Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under a dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish. But at the last the King grew weary, and Morgoth bore down his shield upon him. Thrice he was crushed to his knees, and thrice arose again and bore up his broken shield and stricken helm. But the earth was all rent and pitted about him, and he stumbled and fell backward before the feet of Morgoth; and Morgoth set his left foot upon his neck and the weight of it was like a fallen hill. Yet with his last and desperate stroke Fingolfin hewed the foot with Ringil, and the blood gushed forth black and smoking and filled the pits of Grond. Thus died Fingolfin,  H i g h   K i n g   o f   t h e   N o l d o r , most proud and valiant of the Elven-kings of old.
          ~Quenta Silmarillion, Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour, and the Orcs fled before his face; for since his torment upon Thangorodrim his spirit burned like a white fire within, and he was as one that returns from the dead. Thus the great fortress upon the Hill of Himring could not be taken, and many of the most valiant that remained, both of the people of Dorthonion and of the east marches, rallied there to Maedhros; and for a while he closed once more the Pass of Aglon, so that the Orcs could not enter Beleriand by that road.
—  Chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin - The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien