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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXXI – The Last Corvid Colonies Arrive at Crowshaven

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The Last Corvid Colonies Arrive at Crowshaven

A Ravenking had been crowned. The Corvid world was changing, and changing fast; which was a necessity with the Darkness coming. The word had spread across the many lands that Corvids inhabited in the days following the crowning of Harfengel, there was a constant stream of incoming new Corvids.

Only so much time was left though, it was very nearly time to leaveCrowshaven and head to Treehold Keep and the newcomers were still arriving at a steady pace.

Harfengel announced that within the week they would be leaving Crowshaven and heading off to the new land, ready for war in order to claim the only safe haven…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXIX – A Reuniting of Siblings

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A Reuniting of Siblings

When Corvus had accepted the quest to fulfil the prophecy that the White Raven had told him about, he knew that he was leaving his ailing sibling to a certain death. This was not a decision that was taken lightly however, it was a decision that he had to make.

She was distraught by the news that Finbar hadn’t made it back home, he would be greatly missed, especially with the major changes coming to all of the Corvid Colonies.

The first major change would begin tomorrow, with the crowning of Harfengel, making him Ravenking…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XV – The Long Flight to Ironholde

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The Long Flight to Ironholde

With the last whirling mists of the Graveland well behind them and the strange binding worn off, the Corvids once again take to the skies and stretch their aching wings.

They stick to the coastline for this leg of the journey so as to avoid entering the Grimwood, doing so at this point would risk too much of a delay and if they got lost in the ancient forest they would never get to Ironholde in time to fulfill the prophecy.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XIV – The Long March of Bitter Grief

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The Long March of Bitter Grief

With Ethelred lost to the depths of a watery tomb, and the remaining Corvids still unable to use their wings, nothing is left but to walk away from the Graveland and continue with the quest.

The loss of Ethelred is a bitter blow to the Conspiracy of Corvids and it puts a huge dampener on the journey ahead, most affected by his loss is Everild; she grew up by his side and she was promised to him in marriage, which would have been fulfilled at the end of this adventure.

The long march of bitter grief is taken one small step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other and slowly moving forward.

The long march of bitter grief, a journey long and hard to take

No time is there to sit and weep, a burning strong that lasts an age

The tears will fall, the pit is deep, the hurt a song for darker days

The long march of bitter grief, when words are gone and hearts are pained

Finally out of the Graveland, the Corvids can rest for a while before taking to the skies again and continuing the journey to Ironholde.

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Ringwraiths at Weathertop

Ringwraiths, or Nazgul are the horror element to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings story, and the scariest they ever get is quite possibly in Chapter 11 of The Fellowship of the Ring – A Knife in the Dark. With this piece of Middle-earth art, I wanted to capture the fear they induce and put into those who face them.

“The Ringwraiths are deadly enemies, but they are only shadows yet of the power and terror they would possess if the Ruling Ring was on their master’s hand again”

JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – Book I, Chapter 4 – A Journey in the Dark

A lot of what we learn about the Ringwraiths we learn fairly early on, Tolkien gives us a nice amount of detail through the words of Gandalf the Grey, as he explains to Frodo:

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Bilbo Baggins, The Finding of the One Ring – Ink Drawing – JRR Tolkien The Hobbit Art Illustration

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As usual, it all started with a sketch…

For a very long time now, since my last re-read of The Hobbit, I have been wanting to explore in depth the character of Bilbo Baggins; of all of Tolkien’s characters Bilbo is the one that I feel akin to and relate to the most.

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Bilbo Baggins – Rough Concept Pencil Sketch

Before I had made the second mark on paper, I knew that I wanted the final piece to be an ink drawing; ink is a medium that I absolutely love but don’t get to work with enough and thus my experience with the medium is somewhat lacking.

However, knowing that the final piece would be inked, informed my sketching process in a different way than usual and thus made me adapt to a different way of drawing to my usual charcoal and blend method.

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The Journey to Weathertop – Strider Leads the Hobbits Through Midgewater Marshes – Preliminary Drawing Illustration Art sketch LOTR Tolkien

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“This is where we leave the open and take to cover,” said Strider.

Here we are, returning again to Hobbits, and a marsh, and a plan for a future oil painting with a heavy focus on the landscape this time around. My last painting of a similar scene was ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ but I intend to take this one in a different direction.

This new piece is inspired by The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI – A Knife In The Dark. In this scene we join the four Hobbits; Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin as they follow Strider to Rivendell, before that though is the journey to Amon Sûl (Weathertop) which takes them through the Midgewater Marshes.

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Why Doesn’t Gandalf Remember Moria?

It was after nightfall when they had entered the Mines. They had been going for several hours with only brief halts, when Gandalf came to his first serious check.

JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring – Book II, Chapter 4 – A Journey in the Dark

The question of why Gandalf doesn’t remember Moria is one that comes up a lot and there is a ton of digging that you can do in order to find out but in short, it had been a very, very long time since Gandalf’s last trip to Moria, and also he had entered through a different, and not so secret doorway. Not forgetting that it wouldn’t have been as dark, filled with orcs and trolls nor was he transporting the carrier of the One Ring with the fate of Middle-earth hanging in the balance.

So that’s the short answer to the question, I will in the future dig into this in much more depth. I would like to create a series of artworks depicting both of Gandalf’s trips through Moria as well as the many battles that have happened there.

Many years ago I worked up a very rough sketch of a version of this scene and ever since I intended to work up a more detailed drawing. This piece is the next phase of that and I plan on revisiting it again in much more detail and originality of vision, as noted above.

Every exploration of Middle-earth brings a bounty of new Middle-earth art and my own journeys into the depths of the Mines have been both interesting and perilous, full of inspiration and excitement with many lessons learned in the process.

For this illustration, we head to The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter IV – A Journey In The Dark.

Gandalf In Moria – Preliminary Sketches & Ideas For A New Lord Of The Rings Illustration

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‘I have no memory of this place…’

Over three years ago now I sketched out the piece below with a sanguine pastel and I recently decided that I would like to revisit the scene as it is a favourite of mine.

The journey through the Mines of Moria is a truly pivotal moment for the Fellowship especially with the fall of Gandalf less than a month after they all set out from Rivendell.

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“I have no memory of this place at all!” – Sanguine Dry Pastel on Toned Paper – 2015

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Tolkien Reading Day – Home and Hearth

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Concerning Hobbits…

Happy Tolkien reading day to you all!

With this being the first year that I’ve been aware in advance of Tolkien reading day, not only do I get to read, but I also have the time to get a bit of writing done and share fully in the excitement and joy of the day!

For this years theme of Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit there are countless different options of reading that fit in to the theme; for me I have chosen to spend my reading time in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring; Concerning Hobbits.