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This artwork was completed for the B2MeM 2017 challenge, with the wildcard prompt of 'Black and White'. I really enjoyed creating this piece of Sauron disguised as Annatar - it's a rework of a previous piece, and I'm much more enamored of this design for Annatar. Because I enjoyed making the piece so much, I also did a colour version, which is posted here, but not on the original B2MeM page.
Things are not always black and white (B&W)

Things are not always black and white (colour)
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Time for a celebration post!

On this day in Middle-earth, the Ring was destroyed and Sauron defeated. It's also a day when folk all over the world sit down to read something Tolkien and enjoy the professor's wonderful work. This year, I'll be reading "The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun" that I purchased by chance last weekend, while in Madrid.

Because this year's theme is poetry and song, to celebrate I also have a little acapella video here, of Legolas' Song of the Sea. It was set to music by Yolanda Mott (listen to the original here). It's a beautiful and terribly sorrowful poem, and I love how she set it to music.



I also created this artwork - "Sauron Defeated" - of my personal headcanon: his spirit lingered on in Middle-earth for a time, finding its way to hiding in Ithilien, broken and ruined and miniscule, while Elves and Men reclaimed the forests he had once destroyed and moved on with their lives in peace. It's something really well explored in Prackspoor's exceptional fic Fiddler's Green, which I keep going back to. I also touched on it in my story Where The Shadows Lie.
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I've decided to start posting links to my fics, as I write them. This is the most recent, written for B2MeM 2017, with the prompt Tyranny from the Purple path.

Faithful

Format:Short story.
Genre: Tragedy/Drama
Pairings: None.
Characters: Original characters; Isildur; Amandil; Elendil; Sauron.
Rating: Teen and up (see warnings)
Warnings: Moderate violence; Character death (it's Númenor under Sauron...so death by sacrifice, essentially).
Summary: The tenuous relationship between the King and the Elendili is coming to its breaking point. When Isildur steals the fruit of Nimloth, what follows brings the already-heavy boot of tyranny down harder upon the Faithful - especially the gifted healer, Nilûphel.
Notes: This grew far beyond what I'd originally intended, and now stands at nearly 5000 words! I tried to incorporate lots of elements of the lore and legendarium, and it's my first time writing anything Second Age, so I hope everything turned out well enough. I created a lot of OCs for this - I might like to explore them more in future, as well as the Akallabêth in general
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Fëanorian Week Day 2: Maglor

"And it is told of Maglor that he could not endure the pain with which the Silmaril tormented him;
and he cast it at last into the Sea, and thereafter he wandered ever upon the shores,
singing in pain and regret beside the waves."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, 'The Silmarillion'


I barely finished this in time, and it's kind of rushed, but I had to do it, because I have to cry about Maglor a little bit before the day is done.

(I've never drawn such a detailed background before, or a piece with so many light/shadow elements. I think it turned out quite well!)
fernstrike: (Eldarion)

This is for both the SWG March 2017 Strength & Beauty Challenge, and for Day 1 of Fëanorian Week: Maedhros.

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