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Ten cats of Queen Beruthiel by steamey Ten cats of Queen Beruthiel by steamey
I have found not enough information on this character, so I get a picture of blonde about 40 years. Not a witch or evil kind of Galadriel, but just tired, unhappy woman with quirks.
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thefireinhell Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I've been waiting for someone to draw her!!!! Ahhhh the cats!
Crazy cat lady - Tolkien style.
Oh I always wondered what she was like... very funny, that a woman that is in some sentences in a book can get one's favourite...
This is only my interpretation of story.Most imagine her as a dark-haired woman with evil face,but I wanted to portray her as a blonde middle-aged woman,tired, unhappy and sullen.
DaBair Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually do picture her as being a good deal younger than her husband (but still much older than Tarannon's nephew Earnil). I picture her as a blonde too. I've seen a number of people draw Beruthiel as Middle Eastern or African looking, but I don't think it's likely that she looked like that. (The Far Haradrim were black, though I highly doubt that Beruthiel was from Far Harad.)
African looking?!Wow.Radically.
FliegenLicht Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, I love your description! :XD: And the picture is wonderful! I always did wonder about her...
The appearance could make her easily 80 by the standards of Numenorian blood, which at the time had not thinned much. Her gaze as depicted by you could be read as analytical, or probing, as if to ask the viewer why he comes to request an audience. (If you had made all the cats mirror her glance, it would have been most sinister! :) )
. Beruthial wasn't a crazy cat lady, her pets were trained familiars, used to go on errands or spy on people, and punished if she was displeased with them. The white cat was her go-between and favorite. Tolkien did not say outright she was a witch or sorceress, but her loveless marriage to Falastur probably included royal displeasure at her interests. We might think it not too threatening, but the use (seeming or not) of magic to compel animals to action would have been unpopular with the people of Gondor, who would not have thought it harmless or humorous at all.
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