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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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Aerio-chan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Thus the strife in Aman begins when Finwe, despite his grief, remarries... Nice depiction!
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steamey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
He is to blame for everything!! :angry: 
He-he-he))) Thnks^^
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Leave some room for Melkor, here. :)
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lilithlo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
I'm looking through your gallery and I'm truely speechless. You are an absolutly amazing artist! I'm just sitting here in front of my computer, mouth open and eyes full of sparkles ; your work is wonderful! 
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steamey Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
:happybounce:  I'm glad to hear it)
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xXxBlueStarsxXx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I still wonder to this day what inspired her to pass to the Halls of Mandos...A thought that sparks is that perhaps she envisioned Feanor and the outcomes related to his consequences...Perhaps she knew she could not stop him even if she lived and thus her soul, her fea dearly grieved and could not live much more with the thought, the vision still existing...
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Audrina-Mystique Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
According to one of the letters Tolkien wrote, she essentially committed suicide, and it was partly because of her suicide that Feanor turned out as he did.
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xXxBlueStarsxXx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
That's heart breaking truthfully.
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steamey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
This is truly an interesting assumption! Maybe you're right. Although ... The book says that if she had not died, much of his fate would have been different. Not all, but ...
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xXxBlueStarsxXx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Very different I agree, his father would not have married Indis and Feanor's siblings would not have been born then...That including his granddaughter Lady Galadriel, her daughter Celebrian, and even Arwen Undomiel, future queen of Gondor.  The future of Middle Earth would have been very very different without them.
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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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Ritiakaramne Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
They're supposed to be immortal, untiring, ever replenished by and all happy in a perfect paradise made for them by the Valar, and she didn't want any more of it... getting deathly depressed in that perfect surrounding - is rebellion.
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steamey Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Hmm.. she was special then. She - or Fëanor. Thus, the birth of a child is really robbed of her power.
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ebe-kastein Featured By Owner 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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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thanks a lot!Heart 
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner 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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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Giggle I think I've fainted. 
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Cuileth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist
So sweet!
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
It's amazing beautiful!! :love:
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blacklothussayshello Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, I got heartbroken seeing Finwe heartbroken.
You transmited really well the sadness and the anguish caused by his loss.
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
this is great! I am preparing to do a poster of Finwe and Miriel and there is really very few artists that have covered those characters, so I was surprised to see this. I really like your style, in terms of how it looks and the positioning and dynamic symetry of the characters in the work. the poster I plan to do will probably be more in the style of the LOTR posters done by artists Peter Procownik. but this is awesome...it really captures the despair and heartache of Finwe, sitting beside andknowing that Miriel will never awaken.
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steamey Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Thank you!)I`ve tried to do the most realistic picture that i can.The whole book is full of tragic stories and not all of them was painted with serious but too stylized,simplified.I think it's not true choice.
I absolutely support you in your endeavor.This is a really good idea and the right approach - to make it at the professional level!
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I've began working on my poster for Finwe and Miriel and it's gonna be a huge one similar to my "Valar poster" in my gallery on here...I'm probably about halfway finished and I'm really
Pleased with how it's turning out!
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steamey Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Can i ask you something?..I thought today about the possibility to make a calendar with my drawings, or a deck of cards. But I don`t know what to do with copyright.Are you contacted with Tolkien family agents or who now owns the rights to the literary heritage of Professor?
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xo-arwen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I can't look at this without tears coming to my eyes. This is an amazing depiction. Thank you for painting it!
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steamey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Oh!..Thanks for the kind words!
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Adarion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww poor Finwe. And poor Miriel Perinde. And here it probably all started with the tragic events. I wonder if Tolkien had someone in relationship with postnatal depression.
Nevertheless I am happy that there are pictures also of these scenes.
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Yeah...their story did not end with the words "lived happily ever after". But usually after these words does not make any stories.
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MeganElf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful moment. you portrayed it very well.
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possibly the most tragic death in the book. SAD.
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
But what about the death of Turin?
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also very sad. Actually, there are so many deaths in that book...I can't really choose the saddest. I find Miriel's death to be particularly tragic because she was the first elf to die. Because of this, I think Finwe's grief and confusion would have been nearly unbearable at this time. Your picture portrays this very well.
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Oh..indeed, it was the first death.I am struck by its unusual, because in fact her body continued to live.
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah kinda weird how that worked out...
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
It's Tolkien).
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful, very sad.
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Neranella Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Touching, marvelous, and excellent. :love:
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is one of the best portrayals of Finwe and Mirel that I've seen!
Very realistic and one can sense the emotion.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thank you)
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is wonderfully expressive and so very emotional! A great piece, I am moved!
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avi17 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Beautiful work!
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