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The Curse of Mandos by Belegilgalad The Curse of Mandos by Belegilgalad
Illustration from the Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien


At the northern border, a dark figure stood high upon a rock on the shore, and they heard a great voice. All fell silent to hear, and it is believed the figure was Mandos himself. And the great one said:
"Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever. ..." [...]




Cuando los Noldor Exiliados, liderados por Fëanor, llegan a los bordes del desierto de Araman, vieron a una figura oscura que erguida desde una roca contemplaba las costas. Esta figura era la de Mandos, según se cuenta, y con una voz alta, solemne y terrible que les obligó a escuchar, pronunció las siguientes palabras:

—Lágrimas innumerables derramaréis; y los Valar cercaran Valinor contra vosotros, y os dejarán fuera, de modo que ni siquiera el eco de vuestro lamento pasará por sobre las montañas. Sobre la Casa de Fëanor la cólera de los Valar cae desde el Occidente hasta el extremo Oriente, y sobre todos los que los sigan caerá del mismo modo. El juramento los impulsará, pero también los traicionará, y aún llegará a arrebatarles los mismos tesoros que han jurado perseguir. A mal fin llegará todo lo que empiecen bien; y esto acontecerá por la traición del hermano al hermano, y por el temor a la traición. Serán para siempre los Desposeídos. [...]


I used day illumination instead night (as it is written in books)
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Whoa this is cool.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks
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Frank8888888 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
It's like if we were there ! Awesome !!!!
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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Gwailome Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Breathtaking...
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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Puppetinfaith Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
There is only one word for this... Impeccable!

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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good portrayal of that scene! Mandos looks haunting. The fog and the grim atmosphere add so much to his curse. Bravo!:)
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marisoly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Like the feeling of this one...
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coranglais Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
This is fantastic work. Mandos has just the right amount of doom hanging about him for this to really work.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010   Digital Artist
hehe the right amount of doom. I like it :)
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coranglais Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
:nod:
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Embrethil Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is amazing. I love the interpretation!
Definitely time I got round to rereading The Sil though. XD
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010   Digital Artist
cool :)
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HelenaCarter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
So amzingly beautiful!
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:iconbelegilgalad:
Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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HelenaCarter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome!
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
This is beautiful! Love how he's standing on a rock, like a siren.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Digital Artist
hehe nice comparison. I tried to make it mysterious :)
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing, haunting! :+fav:
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
:hug:
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StoryTellerF Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
very good!
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
:)
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Ailin1252 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I got goosebumps from that.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
you got what? :D
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Ailin1252 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Goosebumps :D You know, when you're all shivering from something - it can be from cold or just because something is awesome :)
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010   Digital Artist
oh yes, i understand now :)
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Ithiliendude Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! The atmosphere is captured perfectly... =D
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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rufious Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love how you also managed to suggest sound in this pic.
I can readily hear the creak of the ships, the sussurus of the waves, the absolute silence of the elves and then that booming lonely voice forespelling their doom.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
hummm i never thought about it the way you are suggesting. Interesting. thanks :)
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rufious Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank the overproductive brain :D
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
This is wonderfully creepy and I really like the composition--as though we have the vantage point of an Elf being put under the curse. Great job, especially with the mist; it creates a perfect chilly atmosphere.
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks, you got perfectly my idea :)
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who-the-moon-is Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely textures. The water and the rope, good grief, awesome job with the rope and ship. <3
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Your work is featured in my journal...[link]
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010   Digital Artist
oh, thank you very much :hug:
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Welcome :rose:
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great scene and ver well done! :D
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Digital Artist
thankss
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :D
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that part of the book is so powerful, your drawing is awesome !
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Powerful, frightening and yet heartbreaking.

I hope you make more illustrations of the Valar.
Especially Mandos, he's one of my favorites!
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009   Digital Artist
thanks for the comment.
I hope i make more illustrations of the Valar soon :)

Mandos is very interesting to make illustrations about him
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you do all of them! :)

GOD bless!
John 3:16
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sairex90 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Wooooow!
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perfectlipstick Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
this is beautiful...
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Belegilgalad Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009   Digital Artist
thankss
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