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Glorfindel and the balrog on the edge of the cliff by steamey Glorfindel and the balrog on the edge of the cliff by steamey
It was at that time that a balrog and a contingent of orcs ambushed their company. Glorfindel there accomplished his greatest deed, for he saved the lives of Tuor, Idril, and all the company when he defied the balrog. They fought long. According to The Fall of Gondolin Glorfindel stabbed it in the belly, but as the balrog fell it reached out and grabbed his long golden hair, pulling him back down over the edge of the cliff. He perished in the fall, but his body was borne up by Thorondor, and buried him with a mound of stones in the pass. On that mound grew yellow flowers (possibly celandine), despite its remote location.

Hmm...i've tried to depict Glorfindel as i imagine him, but i guess i`m failed(.He looks like Tilda Swinton in strange pose Oo
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anuna15 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
OHHHHHLa la la la  So cool. So epic. So good. So strong and mighty. Oh Glorfindel! I have melted into a puddle at your noble and glorious feet!Love
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steamey Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
XD Laugh 
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carrie1953 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I LOVE it!!! AMAZING!!! Glorfindel was my very favorite of all Elves!! Your Tolkien artwork is absolutely STUNNING!!!
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steamey Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thanks)
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an awesome picture of this scene!  
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The-Devi-stator Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I like how your Glorfindel is armed with a sword and - well, not *staff* exactly, but close enough on first glance - thus echoing the other famous Balrog fight (I'm talking about Gandalf vs. Durin's Bane, of course). Was that intentional?
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steamey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Oh, no). Its not the staff, Its a spear (should be, at least...). Apparently, it's my fault that I did this drawing so confusing.
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The-Devi-stator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
No no, it isn't confusing, I did notice it's a spear! Sorry for being unclear.
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wilberarthur Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Them Damn Balrogs and their tricks, always gotta be pulling people. I especially like how ,in this Depiction, his face shows no signs of fear it's more of a analyzing, cool headed, calculating glare. love it.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Glorfindel is No 1 for Stupid Deaths in Middle-Earth xD Theoden and Ecthelion are quite close.

Very awesome pic :D
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steamey Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Ha-ha))))))Thanks)
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Well, he died because a balrog pulled his HAIR.
Theoden was crushed under his own horse and Ecthelion drowned in his fountain xD
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steamey Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I know,i know)Yeah,it really sounds funny)
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Well, you have to be especially stupid to die in a fountain.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Ecthelion died in the (large) fountain because he pulled in the Lord of the Balrogs in order to quench the demon-fire and permit close combat without being immediately cooked in his armor. The battle still cost Ecthelion his life, but he slew one of Morgoth's chief subordinates and doubtless bought some time for Tuor & Idril to get the fugitives headed towards the secret exit. So,  his death can hardly be called stupid! CURSE YOU!
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Of course I know this xD But still, it was stupid. I mean, it was a deep fountain, but drowning in it kinda seems extremely dumb to me.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I wouldn't say Ecthelion drowned, rather that Gothmog fatally injured him, extinguished or not, since the impression is of desperate combat in the fall of a city without regard to damage-avoiding maneuvers. Or maybe he did drown when he eviscerated the balrog and it fell on top of him. :) Alas! Deeds of heroism often result in the death of the hero performing them. :( (Sad) OTOH, Ecthelion was the lord of the court of the fountain, which was at the center of the city. That's a pretty way of saying he was Captain of the Guards, and the big fountain was the focal point of the area under his direct responsibility, as opposed to the outer companies of gate-guards encountered by Tuor! The sight of Gothmog striding into the plaza must have been the last straw for Ecthelion, who decided to make Morgoth pay for his victory. The big fountain still filled with water is nearby, so come here, foul demon of might, come here and meet your doom!! 
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steamey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Definitely need to make a top list of deaths in the Silmarillion))
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
It's a very dynamic painting, a fine display of heroic defiance! In that respect I'm sure Tolkien would approve. The arrangement has been done well, I can only say good about it. You foreshadowed Glorfindel's fall by showing the hair blowing about in the perpetual hot air currents swirling around the fire demon. (Remember kids, always make sure your helmet strap is securely fastened!)

The current tendency to depict Elves as always being fine-featured has gotten you into trouble with Glorfindel here. I'd say it would be right to construct Glorfindel (or any other Elvish knight) as a strong warrior first, then detail his appearance as an Elf. Tolkien said in a letter that Legolas as a longbowman had broad shoulders and muscled arms. Having said my scholarly piece, I will then entrust the visual realization to your skill. :) (Smile)
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thefireinhell Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really funny you said this, I've always tried and failed to draw Elves because I hold them in such high regard. Therefore everything I create is not good enough. One day I just stepped back and looked back at pictures of elves and just realised, you just have to draw them pretty with long flowing hair and pointy ears and viola!

I've never heard anyone else mention this conundrum, so thank you!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
It runs so counter to the prevailing pop culture view of Elves in heroic fantasy fiction, doesn't it? :) It also doesn't elp that Dungeons & Dragons and other Fantasy RPGs have tried to merge Tolkien-style Elves with the faerie creatures of British legend. This led to things like AD&D saying that HIgh Elves (Noldor cognates) were about 5'6" in height at most, and slightly built. And that would be true for Anglo-Saxon elves or Welsh Twyleth Tweg types that were described as being the size of "youths".  Add in the movies with their own sense of descriptive logic, and elves become fashion models with pointy ears and Renfaire wardrobe. :)

However, the Eldar and their Green-Elf cousins were not described as that sort of people. Consider these points.
1. Read every description of the named & featured elves in LOTR & Silmarillion. How many of them come across as fashion models or being no larger than human teenagers?
2. After that, consider the feats of strength performed by many of the Elven champions. Even given the nature of Elven technology, they are tough heroes who aren't slim & skinny. Even the Noldor women were strong enough to survive crossing the Grinding Ice, so both genders are covered!
3. The preferred ranged weapon of the elves in Middle-Earth is the longbow, which requires a great deal of strength to wield effectively. There are many videos on Youtube that can summarize it. Or you can read the historically derived description of archery in Agincourt by Juliet Barker. The arrows of the elves of early Medieval myth were feared because "elf-shot" used poison or magic. (People who were "elf-shot" suffered from what would be described nowadays as blood clots (aneurysm/embolism) or paralytic stroke.)

This is not to suggest that Elves were not beautiful or graceful, they definitely had that in abundance! But would the standard of beauty might more approach Classical (or Neo-Classical) sculpture instead of shoujo manga, or the models of pre-Raphaelite art? That is subjective to the artist, so here I have to shrug and leave it to them. We all know what we like, anyway. :) Still, that's why I advised Steamy to draw Elven heroes as physically powerful people first, and then turn them into elves as part of the detailing process.
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thefireinhell Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I really enjoyed reading your reply! I have to say I agree that they definitely are a strong people. I think perhaps I've been brain-washed by the movies too much to really conjure up what they're really like inside my own head. Especially after reading fanfiction where the writers really take the beauty idea and run with it!
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steamey Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Thank you for your constructive criticism! I agree that he lacks a strong physique to look more convincing. I hope someday I will be able to draw a different, more correct version, of Glorfindel.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
A friend of mine once found a picture of a more muscular, square(er)-jawed Legolas somewhere on the Net. Reminded me of dark-haired Alan Ladd. Boy was it quite the topic at game night! :D (Big Grin) Alas, I could not locate the image, which might not even be posted anymore. Oh well, keep working at it when the spirit moves you. 
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OmairaAndCairistiona Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it.  And if there were Balrogs in Narnia, there would be some amusing results....:D (Big Grin)
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steamey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Giggle 
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Siiw Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He even got fire and shadow on his weapons... The golden hair might have been dangerous in battle, but it sure looks stunning! This is one of the most impressive battle scenes I have seen on this site.
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steamey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
No!This is orc`s oil-blood is on fire!))))))Joking Giggle  
I understand that flowing hair in battle is only a nuisance, but in text says that Glorfindel was killed in that battle because of the hair, for which the balrog clung.
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TuxedoElf Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Absolutely breathtaking!
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MagnusKervalen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Это самое эпическое воплощение поединка Глорфинделя с балрогом, которое я когда-либо видел! 
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Серьезно?)Эмм..спасибо).Но это и вполовину не так хорошо,как мне представилось.И Глорфиндела я еще когда-нибудь нарисую - таким как нужно,а не как получилось.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too bad you’re not satisfied with Glorfindel, but we never are, are we?
The balrog is awesome, though! I especially love how you’re doing rock and fire. In the background as well.
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I hope that one day i'll depict him as well as i want,but not as it turns out.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure you’ll manage :)
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spicedwinefanfic Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Very glad to see this, as I have only found one or two illustrations of this scene, and this is by far the best!
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hmm...i saw much more fan-illustrations.And i like this one: farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/84...
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spicedwinefanfic Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I like images where one can see Glorfindel's face, not simply his stance or a view from behind. Many concentrate more on the Balrog than on Glorfindel.
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Yeah...perhaps it`s because of the impressive size and epic figure of the monster (although the book`s balrogs doesn`t look like the movie`s demon at all...yes, I also didn`t oversimplify:)).
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spicedwinefanfic Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
The Balrog is impressive, and the one Glorfindel fought was twice his size, but what with Durin's Bane in LOTR, there are a lot of Balrog images about, and I would prefer to see a lot more Glorfindel. ;)  So your pic really hit the spot! :)
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I see.Well,thanks then).
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Wonderfully done. :clap:
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Michelle-JP Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing~ I love the flow his hair has~! and all the details in this illustration. 
Wonderful job, dear~ :hug:
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Hopefully, but i think noSweating a little... 
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Michelle-JP Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't think you did a good job?
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I'm afraid yes.I think i could do better.
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Michelle-JP Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do better than what I could do~ 
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
It's the desire and the time - and you'll get better i think
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Michelle-JP Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I suppose so~ I just need more desire to want to get better ;P
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
God!))How is it difficult!
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