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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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:iconelaini-the-mystic:
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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:iconsteamey:
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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:iconelaini-the-mystic:
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 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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:iconsteamey:
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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:iconritiakaramne:
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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:iconsteamey:
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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ebe-kastein Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

You have captured very well both the mourning of Finwe, but also the elves' inherent ability to remain beautiful beings even in grief and death (Tolkien may not have pointed that out anywhere in his works specifically, but I rather think it should be so).


Your use of colours, light and poses is excellent here. And huge thanks for another quality that seems typical to your works: you never ruin the faces of those belonging to the First Race. Keep up the good work!

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:iconsteamey:
Thanks a lot!Heart 
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VisAnastasis Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, it's sad, but yet so amazing! I love how you have done this scene! Q_Q 
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