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Lord of the Fountain by Merlkir Lord of the Fountain by Merlkir
"It seemed as if Tuor would be killed, but Lo! Suddenly Ecthelion, The Lord of the Fountain, his face the pallor of grey steel, and his shield arm hanging useless at his side, came before Tuor as he fell, and strove with that great demon."

my Ecthelion is not really pallor of grey...more like.. determined to take out the bloody bastard before the end ;) The whole helmet spike impaling thing is kind of weird, but I made the helmet somewhat pointy. The shape and the eyeslits should remind of the fake corinthian helmets triarii used, I hoped it would look sort of ancient. It's a totally different age than I usually paint.
Anyway, I struggled with this one quite a bit. He's a cool character and I wanted..not to frak him up entirely ;)
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:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 "Arms? What sort of wimp needs TWO arms to kill one demon?"
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WhyMustIWrite Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Wow... I love the intensity in this piece. 
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betweenbirches Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm totally digging the Norse influence on the helmet.
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happypred Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I think you perfectly capture the grim determination in his face. It would be his final battle, and what a foe he conquered
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Ecthelion! Augh, this is brilliant. I really like the armor and helm designs, they do give that ancient quality to the piece.
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This scene in th book is amazing:)
You did a wonderful job at portraying it! I love how you used lightning here. His expression is very good too.
Well done!:clap:
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GonzalezMella Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really cool man! Love your airbrushing technique!
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coranglais Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Don't worry, you didn't "frak him up" ... nice work! ;)
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, glad you think so. Might be a time to repaint this again, it's quite old.
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you forgot the wings ;)
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What wings?
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the gull wings on the helmet
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Was Ecthelion supposed to have such a helmet?

(I don't recall any wings.)
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow
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Nahar-Doa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Interface Designer
wohoo... :)
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thirtysilver Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Amazing! Professor Tolkien would be proud~
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Brujhah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
La armadura esta increible
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Celendil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Great!!! this is the best!!
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BunjiCourd Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
I was flipping through your gallery and this seemed to jump out at me.

Sorry for commenting on so many at once, it's been a while since I've seen your stuff.....
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ferherence Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
:o speachless...can't...think, so damn good :o
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:D I like this one too. ;)
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ferherence Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
good....wow I dunno it just evoked a lot of feeling in me
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Blueflame98 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Des~ NICE! It's good to see some Ecthelion love and this is fantastic!
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ;)
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Blueflame98 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Des~ You're welcome! ^_^
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's got to be the most amazing Ecthelion I've ever seen. He's quite possibly my favorite First Age Elf, and you've done a brilliant job here. I love the contrast between the whip and the cold glow of the sword.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the very kind words :)
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :)
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Allethaen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Ecthelion's expression, the chosen colors and textures are simply awesome... everything about this piece is utterly AMAZING (this goes especially for the corinthian-looking helmet he's sporting and the way Gothmoth's whip reflects on the metal).

A must fav! =D
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! :)
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iluvobiwan91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's ridiculously beautiful. ^_^ I love it.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:D ridiculously, that's nice. ;)
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Glaurung-II Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work! I haven't seen many works about the fall of Gondolin.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Glaurung-II Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! :D
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Love that the balrog is just seen through his whip - wonderful!
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you for the :+fav:
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fegie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
This looks so amazing-- the look of determination, & then i noticed the sword.

I'm forgetting, but... this is during the Fall of Gondolin, correct?
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yes, it's supposed to be fall of Gondolin :) thank you for the fav.
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fegie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
You're welcome.:)
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InKibus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
The textures are amazing, this does look like you really worked hard at it!
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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GustavoMalek Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. This is very cool. The colors are great and the point of the whip creates a threatining atmosphere. ;)
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :) that was the intention with the whip.
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
I always pictured his spike to be more uh...pionty? Nice job though still. He looks fierce.
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't like the spike version much so I made it just about pointy to hurt, but not to impale :)
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
You know, his name literally meant silver spike...so it is a key factor. By the way, I have a list a challenges (or requests if you prefer). Would you be interested? If you are, I will send them to you by note.
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
sure, hit me. I'm not saying I'll paint them for sure, but I'm interested what other people like..
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Master-of-an-empire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Very well, I have already sent it to you. :D :jedi:
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merl1ncz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Student Digital Artist
helma se opravdu povedla... gj :)
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