I just realized I never posted the pirate AU drawings I did for LOTR. Shame on me. These are from like 2020 and I forgot about them.
The Maiar are sea spirits. Gandalf has chosen to take a mostly-human form but his eyes glow and his ears are shaped like seashells. Aragorn’s tattoo is the Evenstar necklace from the LOTR movies. For anyone who asks if there’s any particular significance to Legolas’s necklace, no there isn’t, it’s just a merfolk necklace of some kind. Also “The Fellowship” is literally a ship. And it gets sunk when Frodo and Sam leave and Merry and Pippin are kidnapped and Boromir gets shot (with a sea-Uruk flintlock, of course) and all that good stuff. Speaking of Frodo and Sam...
Also a bonus Bilbo. In the pirate AU, the hobbits are, appearance-wise, basically the same as they are in canon, but they can hold their breath for much longer than humans can (even for hours if they’re only minimally exerting themselves) which is why Gandalf keeps bringing them on adventures: they’re great at sea travel and all things water-related, whether or not they’ll admit it, and specifically Bilbo was able to swim through the tunnels that the sea serpent Smaug had flooded.
If you’re still doing the Silm ask game! 4, 20, 23, 25
4. Fëanor, Fingolfin or Finarfin - who are you most like in real life?
honestly its an even split between finarfin and feanor (sorry nolo) because like. i'm very much the sane/reasonable one when i go places but there Are feanor days. also feanor seems to be The adhd mood [for me at least].
20 Funniest moment in the Silm?
okay this one is technically tied for two. either the moment where beren goes "even now it is in my hand" reveals to have no hand (because we Stan an icon) and* where nellas is giving her account of turin to thingol and thingol makes a Dad Joke
*technically its in CoH not the silm but w/e.
23. Who is Gil-galad’s father?
Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart: it depends on the fic. mostly because, i like playing with dynamics with other characters and seeing how those change depending on the parents.(like. my mental image of gil son of fingon is different from gil son of lalwen or gil son of orodreth or gil son of russingon etc etc).
but although minor things about their personalities/temperments change, ultimately i believe that gil-galad's being a good king was because of Him and not his family.
that being said... i am particularly partial to gil son of fingon (and/or russingon although i tend to hc mae being aroace) because of the Narrative Parallels of the descendents of fingolfin being high-kings in the east and finarfin being high king in the west.
+ gil son of fingon challenging sauron and fingolfin challenging morgoth and fingon fighting gothmog is *chef’s kiss*
also i have to jump through way less hurdles when it comes to the actual technicalities of him being the high-king lol.
25. What would you most like to see in a tv series or film based on the Silmarillion?
*deep sigh* I didn't think i would have to say this, in the year of our lord two thousand and twenty two, but: LONG! HAIR! FOR! ELVES!
Jokes aside though, I would like to see more about the Great Journey, I feel like one could make a reallly compelling story out of that without wrecking the entire narrative.
I sat down last night to draw a comic, got distracted, forgot the punchline I was going to center the joke around, and ended up just drawing this small Gandalf doodle instead because it was getting too late for a whole comic.
You guys were oddly supportive of my creepy-Morgoth drawing. I’m concerned.
Anyway, here’s a mountain-sized Oromë who may or may not be fused to Nahar’s back.
That blurry thing above his right antler is a discarded drawing that didn’t erase properly, but we’re going to pretend it was intentional because if you look at it right you can pretend it’s Vala magic or something. Maybe aurora borealis is the trail of his antlers as he rides across the sky and whenever he stops moving you can see it forming into ghostly outlines of animals and monsters. Does Middle Earth already have lore for the northern lights or not?
a hurdy-gurdy is THE perfect noldorin instrument
i am eyeing “Melian as a guardian of the Elves at Cuiviénen” so much rn
ost heledh and lake helevorn, my beloveds <3
Seeing as how it’s still July 4th in much of the western hemisphere, Happy Independence Day to those of my followers who live in the States! And happy...uh...bald eagle drawing to everybody else...?
To everyone who replied with such encouraging and thoughtful remarks on the posts where I alluded to my current situation and mental state during the past month, thank you so much. It’s really been a relief to know that people are alright with me not posting anything that I feel proud of at the moment. It’s been a rough couple of years for me, and the last few weeks have been among the worst I’ve known in my life. But hey, life moves on, and if it doesn’t wait at least I can know that there are people who will understand. So again, thank you.
Also wanted to give everybody a heads-up that I’m going to be traveling during the next half-month or so, and during the first week I’ll be staying in a somewhat remote area with no internet and very limited cell service, so apologies in advance if I miss a post or two during that time. I’m hoping to get the queue set up for at least the next week but I can’t guarantee that it won’t slip between the cracks somehow and we end up with a blank post or two.
Here’s a monster skeleton doodle I did the other day because you guys know by now that when I don’t know what else to draw I can at least come up with a dragon or some other weird critter.
Still having a bit of trouble coming up with ideas for original art at the moment, so here’s a sunset I saw the other day.
First: your new pfp is so cool >:0
Second: are you participating in art fight this year?
Aw thanks! I realized I had been using the one I wore for April Fool's Day for two months. I figured that instead of going back to the one I used for most of last year I might as well change it to something different so I opted for something from last year’s Tolkien Gen Week. I’m glad to hear you like it.
And to answer your second question: probably not, unfortunately. It looks like a lot of fun (I had to look it up when I got your ask because I wasn’t quite sure what it was since since I’ve never participated before). But this month I experienced something sudden and very drastic which resulted in me not really having much time or energy to draw (and also greatly changed my expectations for the next month or so). Heck, I haven’t so much as opened my sketchbook in almost a week, much less drawn anything in it. So while I would really love to try out Art Fight, I don’t think it would be a wise decision this year, because of the current unpredictability in both my schedule and my creative energy levels. Thanks so much for asking though!
Here’s a sort of unfinished Spiderman I sketched this past winter because I feel weird posting an answer to an ask without including a drawing of some sort.
My current headcanons for Third Age elven clothing styles
I’ve been saying I was going to do this since the first time I posted a drawing of Legolas on this blog. It’s definitely time to make good on that promise.
Come the Third Age, elves seem to be a little bit less spread-out than they were in the First Age. Of course there are some groups of them here and there who are just kind of doing their own thing, but for the sake of not dragging this post out for forever, I’m mostly going to stick to the main three elven kingdoms that we hear about in The Hobbit and LOTR. Sorry I don’t have drawings to accompany the descriptions right now. Maybe eventually I will.
To get this out of the way, disclaimers etc., these are almost exclusively my own headcanons rather than things Tolkien himself said. Also they are general styles rather than all-encompassing rules that I consistently follow to the exact detail so don’t come at me like “Oh but Tarva what about so-and-so which you drew whenever-it-was, if this character is from Lothlórien why did they look like they’re from Rivendell that one time” or whatever, individual characters have individual styles, I keep changing everything anyway, etc etc.
Mirkwood has possibly the most odd style, due to them being secluded and not caring what anybody thinks because the only people they do business with pften is Laketown and who cares what they say. Travel clothing materials are tough so you can snag them on underbrush and not have to worry about them tearing. Their tunics usually are very short, leaving the waist bare, for greater range of motion (since they live in the forest they’re always up and down trees and stuff). These “crop top” tunics also mean that they pack lighter for travel. Since Mirkwood is farther north and more hostile than many other forests, shoes are pretty much a requirement, but they’re generally very light shoes that can be taken off and attached to a belt or something if you’re going to be climbing a particularly tricksy tree and will need better mobility and grip. Mirkwood elves often wear leaves in their hair, both for camouflage and for aesthetic. On occasion they’ll put spots of pale paint on their bodies and faces to imitate the dapples on a deer’s flanks because they think it looks nice. Of the three best-known elf kingdoms, they’re the one with the most feral vibe.
Lothlorien elves wear grey and silver clothes and love shinies and stuff so their jewelry is all gems and stars and sparkly and chains as thin as spider webs; anyone who’s not royalty (or in direct and specialized service of royalty) has pads on the insides of their legs from the knees to the ankles for protection as they climb trees, and everything is made for climbing and disappearing in the shifting light and shadows. Lothlorien is where ethereal reigns supreme. By moonlight everyone looks like they’re made of mist and dew and spider silk and like they will evaporate when the sun rises; by day they look like shadows on water over a stony stream bed.
Rivendell elves have long, sweeping clothes for maximum drama since they don’t really have to do a lot of fighting compared to the elves east of the Misty Mountains (and they’re also dramatic and have so many Ñoldor and those guys are Just Like That™). The jewelry is exquisite and the clothes are covered in rich embroidery: it’s clear that they’ve gathered the wisdom and skill of every race from every age of the world. Long capes and long robes and long hair for everyone. The people themselves look as rare and beautiful as the clothes they wear. This is the elven kingdom where you are most likely to find deep, rich colors; as soon as you walk into Rivendell you get the sense of being surrounded by wisdom and history and tradition, but simultaneously it feels unreal; everyone has a personal history thousands of years old but is still a child in their wonder of the world. Elves are climbing trees in floor-length satin mantles without getting caught on the branches, and singing nonsense songs on gem-encrusted harps that were brought from across the sea before the first sunrise. But somehow they’re still the least unnerving lot of elves in Middle Earth because at least they live in actual buildings instead of tree houses or caves and they probably won’t kill you on sight if you accidentally stumble upon their hideout.
If you see a Mirkwood elf run past in the woods, you ask yourself “What the heck was that?” and now you’re on edge wondering what strange forest spirit you just disturbed.
If you see a Lothlorien elf run past in the woods, you assume the light is just playing tricks with your eyes because “that was a strange shadow, I could have sworn it moved.”
If you see a Rivendell elf run past in the woods, you’re awestruck and you begin wondering if reality really was what you always thought it was...for the rest of your life you keep wondering if you’ll see them again...
My laptop has crashed five times just this evening as I was trying to set up the queue, so I apologize but apparently the fates have decided that all we’re allowed for today is a couple of concept art doodles from that story I say I’m writing despite not having actually written anything for the main story arc’s timeline in like three years, and also an introductory sentence to the post that has gotten far too long.
You all have met Alkali; the drawing on the left is how he might look a bit later on in the story. The things on the right are old traditional mountain folk art of three animals...maybe. I’ve been trying to figure out what the different cultures’ art looked like throughout their histories for so long, and while I do like the look of these ones for very early mountain dwellers when they were just getting started on symbolic stuff and traditions, I’m not good at making final decisions on stuff like this, so who knows if that’s where it’ll be when I’ve made up my mind.
#but the actually fun reason is i've finally gotten to working on the costume i've been trying to put together for like two years now#the great part is i get a cool outfit out of it#the time consuming part is that i'm making myself sew EVERYTHING by hand including the seams for the sake of authenticity
I would LOVE to hear about this if you'd want to talk about it?? I love sewing by hand (even if it takes forever)! Would you be willing to share pictures?
Oh wow, thanks for asking about this! I can never be sure how many of my followers are reading the tags, so it’s cool to know that you are. And I’ve been keeping this costume a secret for a while, so I’m excited to ramble a bit about it.
Okay so. A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to try making a costume based off something I’d drawn, and I also wanted a Silmarillion costume, so I’m doing both at the same time and making the gold-hemmed green tunic that I’ve drawn Beleg in a few times. It’s about half done at the moment, but I finally got the sleeves to sit right (only took me four days, RIP; as I said before, I’m no tailor) so I’m feeling confident enough to post this progress picture. Pardon the ugly black background; I decided to erase the real background because it was kind of cluttered. And you’re going to have to take me at my word that the fabric is green. It turns kind of brown in warm toned lights and kind of grey in cool toned lights, and I took the picture in a room where the light was yellowish so that’s why it doesn’t exactly look green.
Eventually there will be a gold border around the sleeves and lower hem (probably embroidered but I’m saving that decision for the very end). The outer waist belt sits approximately where those three safety pins are, and there will be a total of five buttons above that line.
Ah, but then! Once the tunic is done, I’ll only be about halfway finished with the whole outfit. Sure I’ll have the big pieces (the tunic and trousers), but many of the little details that actually bring the whole look together (belts, pouches, bracers, gaiters/puttees/winnigas, etc.) have yet to be found/crafted. The outer belt I’ll probably not be making myself since I have a stamped leather belt with moose and forest imagery on it and I think that’s dope as heck, and I have a buckled bracer that I was given last year which matches that belt, but everything else I’m pretty sure I can make myself. We’ll see. I’m hoping to have the entire outfit completed by the end of the summer, but because I’ve been procrastinating for ages I’m starting to run out of time if I’m going to make that deadline. As a wise man hobbit once said:
...but at least I’m working on it. The thing I’m really dreading making is the bow and arrows because no matter how many tutorials you read and watch, you don’t have the skill to do it well until you’ve tried it yourself and messed up a few times, and also those are a bit important to the character so it’s kind of crucial that I do well on them.
Anyhow, this post has gotten pretty long now, so I’m going to leave the rest of my rambling in the tags. Thank you again for asking about this!
Starting this month, I’ll be dropping down to posting twice a week (12 am Tuesdays and Fridays KST [UTC +9]), for two reasons: first, I’m still trying to ease back the posting schedule so I’m not dropping off cold turkey in early September, and second, I might be traveling this summer, in which case keeping a more frequent posting schedule wouldn’t be practical.
But! Since I’m participating in TRSB, I’ll be slightly active for a little while after the LOTR show’s release date because TRSB’s timeline exceeded my original plan on when I was going to be leaving. (Also, for anyone who’s new since my last update about this, I’m leaving this Tumblr blog--and most social media--for an undetermined length of time after Amazon’s LOTR show comes out. I’m not deleting my blog or anything, of course, since I very well might come back someday, but there’s a small chance I won’t. If that’s the case, I’m still going to be posting stuff on DeviantArt [and maybe my other art blog], so you can find me there if you don’t mind fewer comics and more digital pieces, and there’s also a very, very slight chance I’ll pop back in here for a post or two at random times.)
It surprises me that we have Tolkien fans who consistently refer to Ñoldo characters by their Quenya names but not fans who call the hobbits Bilba, Maura, Banazîr, Kalimac, and Razanur. Priorities much?
I felt like drawing hobbits earlier so that’s what I did. Here’s Merry.