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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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cactuskim Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Fantastic job capturing this scene from the Silmarillion :D.
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!
Aderes-Devorah Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Photographer
A good depiction of Melkor is rare; this is exceptional.
Dustere Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a powerful, awesome portrayal of the duel between the Great Enemy and the brave king of the noldor in exile! This painting is easily one of the best ones that i've ever seen of the events of the Quenta silmarillion. Please for the love of all that is epic, PAINT MORE LOTR stuff pretty please!!
LOTR3005 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
wow, good job !!
SALVUKY Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Nyenor-401 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
it seems like golf
articunolugialove Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
This is just too epic. :o
Oakdude1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Really, really cool! :) Awesome!
designtypegeek Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
This work is incredible. This image alone could get me to try and tackle the Simarillion one more time. It was a little beyond me as a young teenager.
jdmoorethefirst Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome. Epic scene, impossible for words but you got a real hold on it!
MeiCorby Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
One of my favorite scenes too--such a beautiful illustration!
Ew-boi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Who dey agin?
Amanthus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow. wow. wow. Really great work. You must have put many hours into this. The Silmarillion is my favorite book. Great scene.
Legion-Yahve Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
good men, cool
BigGuido Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional
Wow! This is pretty much the way I envisioned it when I was reading the book!
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Congrats, you drew one of the undrawables!
It's looking terrific - so primal and epic! Well done!

Joeslappy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture, as well as the story of Melkor vs Fingolfin. In the end it was a mere elf that managed to cripple Melkor in single combat.
Thornerian Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An enchanting piece of work, the movement you've captured is magnificent and I love your use of light - very dramatic and harrowing.
Mysticwrites Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Good lord. That is inspiring stuff!
yasha-oqlie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is probabaly the best rendition of this scene I've ever seen! And I totally love your version of Morgoth.
Zak05 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats very cool!!
Hauru-Knightmare Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really, the greatest deviation I've ever seen in my life.
Listens2Tunes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love everything about this piece.
sivregal Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Beautiful Art! I would love to see more like it!
Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo, this is awesome! By the by, wasn't Melkor called Morgoth by this point?
bengo-matus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I want it as poster! :)
enyula Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow... It's very dynamic. Melkor is so scary. Amazing work!
Woschaebedip Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Epic. Totally epic.
caffeinatedmusing Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing and very atmospheric!
MingotheMerciless Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
HOLY CRAP This is gonna be my new background.
psthatsme Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1 word: fabulous.
gregpatrick666 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I im mediately recognized this as melkor and fingolfin. It is also one of my favorite stories. There's a german band called Blind Guardian that put the story into song (they are huge Tolkien fans). If you like metal, you should check it out, it's called: Time stands still at the Iron Hill.
Waterscolors Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   General Artist
Thanks for sharing that... I'm checking it out now, and I like it!
Ithildin-dA Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal image. Your depiction is better than the way I imagined it. Extraordinary work. :rose:
IndioBlack619 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is also one of my favourite scenes. I did a painting of it years ago. It's decent, though I'd like to revisit it.

As for yours it's one of the best depictions of this scene that I've seen. The foggy colours are wonderful and the light of Fingolfin's sword really shines. Nice touch also with Melkor's horns and spikes. It's a different sort of depiction of him, but I really like it. Well done.
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconslipperyhugplz:
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012   Writer
I love the lurid lighting! Stunning piece!
p2USQ Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
"Well at least MY SWORD glows!"
C33D Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BAD ASS!! so you are the culprit in creating this! i saw this on the! freakin awesome man!.... cheers!
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