Celegorm and Curufin

The idea for this painting arose from the wish to collaborate with artist Jenny Dolfen, renowned for her beautiful depictions of characters from Tolkien's "Silmarillion", especially the sons of Feanor. Her artwork can be found here

We agreed to both paint a scene from the "Silmarillion", from the tale of Beren and Lúthien, where the brothers Celegorm and Curufin speak up against the folk of Nargothrond:

"Then Celegorm arose amid the throng, and drawing his sword he cried: 'Be he friend of foe, whether demon of Morgoth, or Elf, or child of Men, or any other living thing in Arda, neither law, nor love, nor league of hell, nor might of the Valar, nor any power of wizardry, shall defend him from the pursuing hatred of Feanor's sons, if he take a Silmaril and keep it. For the Silmarils we alone claim, until the world ends.'

Many other words he spoke, as potent as long before in Tirion the words of his father that first inflamed the Noldor to rebellion. And after Celegorm Curufin spoke, more softly but with no less power, conjuring in the minds of the Elves a vision or war and the ruin of Nargothrond.'"

(the quote is copyrighted by HarperCollins Publishers, London)

Jenny is going to depict the scene when Celegorm speaks, and I am going to take over Curufin. Below is a number of my sketches and the finished piece.

Curufins of Cueufin


Curufins oufin


Composition (rejected, because it looked too similar to the composition of Jenny's painting, which can be found here) and Curufins o


Curufin (large) and CelegormSketches of Cueufin


Curufin and CelegormSketches of Cueufin


final composition Sketches of Cueufin


Another Sketch of Curufin, as I still wasn't happy with his looks.ueufin


The final underdrawing on the watercolour pad (which unfortunately didn't quite fit under the scanner, hence the bad quality of the scan)


The final painting



The collab as comicstrip, assembled by Jenny