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Finwe near his wife Miriel Serinde by steamey Finwe near his wife Miriel Serinde by steamey
Despite Finwë's grief, and her unhappiness to abandon her young child, Míriel departed for the gardens of Lórien, to rest and regain her strength and vigour. But during her rest, the fëa departed from her body, and entered the Halls of Mandos leaving her body laying lifeless and still. Maidens of Estë took care of her body while her spirit remained in the Halls Of Mandos, so that it would not whither. In essence, she had died of free will.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
 A fitting illustration of a tragedy from which many others stemmed, however indirectly; the very image seems to seethe with disquiet.
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steamey Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
It should be so.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
 Very true!
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Míriel is somewhat enigmatic character... while some think that she's very much a victim, others think that all that happened, did happen for her own choice and that Fëanor in fact inherited her strength of will.
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steamey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Who knows, if Tolkien had more work on the Silmarillion maybe Miriel would return to life someday.As Glorfindel did, for example.
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Actually he did write more about it, all readable in Morgoth's Ring of History of Middle-Earth. She did return to life but decided to return in Mandos alive as the handmaiden on Vairë. There's also a lot of in depth conversation about it, a debate between Valar about her, and some dialogue between Finwë and Míriel. Though it's good to remember that Tolkien may not have kept all the ideas in the dialogue.
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hey, remember me from a while back??? I really liked what you did with the Finwe and Miriel pic here, and I mentioned that I was working on a large scale poster of Finwe and Miriel. well, I just finished it last night, and got it posted on here if you would like to check it out! my art style has a much more comic book style look to it, but contains the same moment/scene that you have here, where Finwe is mourning over Miriel's body. I remembered you mentioning that you would wanna see that if I got it done, so I was just letting you know if you wanted to check it out! :)
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You've finished?Really?
The picture in the center is very romantic and beautiful.And all together - bright and expressive.Good job^^
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Ritiakaramne Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I always had the feeling she was the first real elf rebel, with her dying out of pure boredom in the undying lands.
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
So funny yeah,well...in the book it`s said that she had no strength left to live after childbirth. I think this illness is like phthisis, coupled with post-natal depression. You know,a woman died in the 19th century for no apparent reason, having lived only until mid-life.
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