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Gwindor by LB82 Gwindor by LB82
Re-reading some Tolkien, and remembered how much I liked poor Gwindor. He was a minor, tragic character featured in the Silmarillion, the Lays of Beleriand, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin, the History of Middle-earth... all of which are somewhat different (evolving) versions of the same story, with varying levels of detail.

He is described as “aged,” but I always thought that was a relative term as applied to an Elf, since to their eyes anyone who looks older than 25 would probably appear “aged” by comparison. So I tried to take your typical Elf, put him through a decade and a half of Funtiemz in Angband, and this is what I came up with. Pretty close to the headcanon I've had for him since first reading the Silmarillion back in high school, just took me awhile to get around to drawing him. :)


Quick sketch with sepia Conte on plain paper, mostly to shake up the muse a bit...
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Lana90 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Absolutely great! Much better than i imagined him! I never thought that elven perception of aged appearance is different than ours but it must be so.
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LB82 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013

Thank you!!   :)

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AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Great job! I fell for Gwindor when I read (or rather: heard the audiobook) of "The Children of Húrin", and it's disappointin to see him so little represented in fanworks. I share your view on the "aged" thing, this works very well for me.
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LB82 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you! :) I'm not sure the muse is quite finished with him here, as he's been a favorite of mine for awhile now. Other pictures are demanding attention first, but there will probably be at least one or two more from his story, eventually.
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I read "aged" as "weary of sorrows". I do like your version. :)
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LB82 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks!! :)
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Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this one.
(Gwindor and Brandir - and Beleg - have always been my favorites in that story.)
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LB82 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thank you!

And yes... I have a tendency to find secondary characters as being generally more interesting anyway, and that was definitely the case in Turin's story arc.
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Makapo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Oh, his is such sad tale. Glad to see him in some art, a minor character but an important one.
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LB82 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Absolutely agreed, and he's long been a favorite of mine as well.

Glad you like the sketch! There will probably be more to come, the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales are still occupying the muse's attention, and show no sign of letting go anytime soon... :)
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