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Melkor and Fingolfin by Vihola Melkor and Fingolfin by Vihola
The epic duel between Fingolfin and Melkor is one of my favourite scenes from the Silmarillion.

This painting was J.R.R Tolkien fan art competition winner.

Tools: Photoshop and Wacom Intuos.

UPDATE: Thank you for the Daily Deviation! I couldn't have wished for a better Xmas present :) And thanks for all the wonderful comments, I've read every single one of them!
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Given 2011-12-23
Melkor and Fingolfin by *Vihola is a breath-taking tribute to one of the scenes from the Silmarillion. ( Featured by alexandrasalas )
Really beautiful piece! Great atmosphere and control of the focal point. You can feel the thickness in the air! You are also doing a great job using value to enhance the narrative of the story (dark vs light). I have one constructive comment if you'll indulge me. I think that you may want to try cropping the piece in a bit on the right (focusing on the left side of the image). The power in this composition is in its vertical contrast between the figures and by making it a non square image you'll just push that home. Congratz on your Daily Deviation! :hug:
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MiToJu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
What is this, love? It'll pass, don't worry you get use to it!
Damirius Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome piece indeed!
hplacido Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
lele55 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
"The iron crowned
Is getting closer
Swings his hammer
Down on him
Like a thunderstorm
He's crushing
Down the Noldor's
Proudest king"

                 Blind Guardian - Time Stands Still (at the Iron Hill)

Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I like your rendering here, and what I'm about to say isn't a criticism of your piece, because I've read the Silmarillion three or four times, and this image is true to form to the tale, but I wonder if fantasy authors, or just authors in general, ever take into consideration the physical parameters of what they're writing about.

Melkor/Morgroth was said to be one big bad dude, but you wonder how anybody fought him, or vice versa.  just me :)
TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my go-to image, when I imagine Morgoth.  I love the varying portions of sharp detail and vague hints of shadow and form.  I found this some time ago, and I still love it.
masaad Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Splendid Work
songsoferang Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the "blurred fire" around the two characters : very powerful !
Wolfskinberserk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
luka567 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favourite scenes as well! Really well done!
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