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Daughter of Gloom by WollemiSiss Daughter of Gloom by WollemiSiss
Birthday gift for one of my best friends, depicting an original character I have written into a play based on the story of Aredhel.

The play was performed in January 2005, telling the Nan Elmoth chapters of Aredhel's life. Now in the original story in the Silmarillion, there is quite a big logical gap with which I could not cope with. I cannot really imagine Aredhel's marriage to Eol as a happy union, and therefore, I cannot really buy that she never wanted to escape; that she leaves the forest only when her son tells her so. It is like, 'oh really, I never tought we could simply leave your jerkish father alone, let's go, Maeglin!' But Aredhel got across to me as a sensible woman, I can't imagine that she would have behave so incapably. Also I didn't think that this would have worked on stage, under dramatic circumstances.
So I thought that there would be a magical frontier put on the forests of Nan Elmoth, through which Aredhel cannot leave. I also invented a character to help the story flow: Lómiel, the sister of Eol, a cynical and gloomy Elven woman who is quite scornful towards Aredhel at first, but as years go by and she witnesses how Aredhel withers, she starts to symphatize with her. As she is also capable of conducting the magic of the forest, she opens the road for Aredhel and Maeglin, so they can escape. As Eol is not quite happy with this turn, he kills his sister before leaving to find his wife and son.

My friend gave a brilliant performance in the role of Lómiel. She is an art school graduate and has always been a great help to me in developing my art and giving tips - this was meant to be a part of the huge thankyou I'm still indebted with. I was very relieved that she liked it. :)

Happy 29th, :iconesgalmoriel:!

Pencil, ink, watercolour on Langton hot-pressed paper.
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emmafloflo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just wondering if you were perhaps interested in our group for Original characters from the Tolkien universe!
WollemiSiss Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thanks for the recommendation, I didn't know of this group!
emmafloflo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no problem!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
You have beautiful watercolor skills!
WollemiSiss Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thank you! :hug:
erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Great colour scheme you've got here!
WollemiSiss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thank you very much! :)
EsgalMoriel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Still, words failed me :) It is already on my wall. Thank you again! :)
WollemiSiss Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
You're welcome! It is me who owes a lot to you, so this is really just a small gift :D
hhimring Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
That is an interesting concept for an OC!
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