I couldn't help but comment again, Spiced!
Had a better look at it and I never really thought about it before, but Gil looks so much like Fingolfin here. Or the image you created of Fingolfin in your series.
It truly is a very lifelike piece of art.
He does! Gianna has read a lot of my series and knows that Gil-galad and Fingolfin are very similar in looks :)
He looks like he's plotting something! I love the curl of his lip and the determination in his eyes, even now.
Probably was — :) I envisage this as being join Angband, probably when he was told to go to the Easterling encampments and was glad to be getting out of there.
I love Kapriss' work. MUst get her to do something for me again:)
Oh, yes, do, Ziggy!
Oh, wow, this is stunning! I can't believe how much emotion she manages to convey, even when the characters' features are relatively still, as Van's are here. The black and white with the touches of purple and red works perfectly.
I wonder what he's thinking about?
She did these mostly black and white with coloured touches for Alpha’s characters in her books, and I thought they were lovely, so decided to ask for one.
I was wondering that myself!
This is beautiful, Spiced! Very sad, but beautiful all the same.
I'm not quite up to Edenel in your series, I think, but I have seen and read the post you did on Tumblr. Fascinating character.
And she is so very talented.
Yes, poor Edenel — he is later in Magnificat III,
I know, Kapriss is a gorgeous artist :)
I know. Kapriss is amazing.
She’s wonderful with expressions. Melkor looks like he’s ‘Hmm, this is interesting, his hair’s turning white,’ and poor Edenel looks like Melkor’s very presence is horrifying.
WOW! Look at Melkor, coolly inspecting that hair...and Edenel's face, the exhaustion...wow :(
It made me hurt, seeing that!
Oh my, I don't know where to start with this. The eyes, the hair, the wings (btw is that armour on his wings!?) - it's just gorgeous. He looks like he's about to fly out of the screen. I love the smoky, fiery background too. Beautiful.
Author's Response: It does look like armour, yes, although I didn’t ask, I just let her go with her inner visions. I am glad you like it, as I know you like Coldagnir, Narya :) It’s gorgeous, I think.
Oh! Magnificent, Spiced!
I love how she has Tindomion standing as Sentinel at Gil's back. Love the sword too.
And the detail...! Wow! She is truly gifted.
Author's Response: I know, lovely isn’t it, her details are always superb :)
Author's Response: :) Glad you like it, Sam :)
Gurgle slobber drool...sorry. Oh god. Could just as well be Fingon/maedhros. Fabulous. Love Kapriss. Must get her to do something for me again.
Author's Response: Yes, it could be Maedhros and Fingon, couldn’t it? Do commission her, Ziggy, she’s so skilled and so sweet!
WFH today so couldn't resist a quick peak at the latest update...and it is gorgeous, as usual!! They both look incredible. I love the detail of Gil-galad's clothing - and somehow Tindomion's profile reminds me of Maglor. That sword is stunning too, the intricacy of the carvings on the blade and pommel is stupendous.
Author's Response: She is incredible at those lovely details :)
Goodness. Not what I imagine but oh my. So very eldritch and fey- dangerous and gorgeous. Beautiful textures and colours.
Author's Response: Yes, I think Pell’s characters always have that sort of quality :)
Oh wow!!! I love all the jewellery - and how imperious and seductive he looks ;)
I love the jewellery too, all wound through his hair :) Pell does lovely ornamentation like that
Wow! Spiced! This is stunning!
This is obviously a different artist from 'Kapriss' is it?
And created for the time frame I'm reading right now.
I love how vastly different each artist is in their interpretations of a character. Fantastic. :)
I think I'm going to have to go back and start from the beginning some time. Are there any spoilers, Spiced? Or should I just wait until I have read up to a certain part in the Series?
Author's Response: Yes, this is Pell (Heyspace) on DA.
I know, I like different interpretations, it’s interesting :)
Spoilers —- chapter 3 and 7 might be a bit spoiler-ish!
oh wow!!!! this is beautiful!
Author's Response: I love it :) Kaprriss always amazes me :)
Absolutely beautiful. I love their hair...and oh, goodness, those eyes...
Author's Response: I am over the moon with this :)
I feel for anyone living in Valinore who have a love for their own sex.
I loved how Nolofinwe spurned his brother's disapproval toward Laurefinde and Ektello and instead showed Arafinwe how he should be treating his son. Not that that would have changed anything. And these two were in need of some love and understanding. Someone who would champion them. Feanaro would have done the same.
Then the Valar turn up unannounced. *He felt his eyes narrow as men and women went down on one knee. But not many of them. Finwe inclined his head but the straight line of his shoulders was a rebuff.* I rolled my eyes at this. That the Valar demand this kind of over dramatic respect. Tut tut!
I loved the Feanarions showing their reverence by 'lounging in their seats with indolent, offensive grace.' :)
You write Feanor and Fingolfin so beautifully and so erotically, Spiced Wine!
There's a part where Feanor braids sheaves of Nolofinwe's hair in amongst their conversation and savage fiery kisses as they lie on the grass together. Oh my gosh! They ARE in love aren't they. So magnificent!
I am hooked! :)
Author's Response: Oh, thank you for commenting, Gabriel :)
Fëanor has a theory that long ago Melkor had all of the Valar, (sexually) and as they believed that they were all siblings in a sense, the Valar came to be ashamed of it and thus their laws on same-sex relationships. But they were wrong in all ways, at least in what they believed, but that does not get explained for ages.
There was more than that, naturally. They wanted to control the Elves, so they wished them to marry, have children (just enough for optimum population but not too many) but then lose all interest in sex, so they 'cursed' them, the Vanyar felt it first, being closer to the Valar, then the Noldor and the Teleri. It was like a fog seeping down from Ilmarin that affected them all, like a drug. But Fëanor was never affected, and his 'fire' touched all he was close to, his sons, Fingolfin, Glorfindel, etc. The Valar hated him, or when I refer to the Valar the 'Triad' of Manwë, Varda and Námo.
The problem with Arafinwë, therefore isn't Arafinwë himself, but the fact that Fëanor and Fingolfin are immune to the 'Triad' but Arafinwë isn't. The Triad are pressing down on him. But later, Fëanor does realise this and will release him. His plan is to rule Valinor with his half-brothers, but so much has to happen first.
Fëanor and Fingolfin were madly in love, but they don't realise it until a long time after, which is a bit sad :( But when they look back, despite everything, this seems like an idyllic time.
Again, thank you so much for commenting :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Wow! Happy families!
Gees, I really feel for Nolofinwe. There is no family unity to speak of. Fractured by his wife's devout beliefs in the Valar's laws.
This part spoke volumes; *Anaire's silence screamed disapproval, but she was far too well-bred to give voice to protest in such a public place. Her gown rustled as she turned to Turukano, who sat beside her.
"Perhaps you and Elenwe would escort me to my Aunt, she murmured.
"Of course, mother." Turukano came to his feet, cast Nolofinwe a look that echoed his mother's unspoken words. But only for a moment. Nolofinwe met his eyes, setting down boundaries, and his son bent his head. Irisse, unconcerned, drifted away and Nolofinwe, alone, set down his cup. Strange that this feeling should hint of his future.*
It's any wonder their marriage hasn't folded sooner.
So much dissatisfaction in Nolofinwe's life. I think the only thing that keeps him going is the love for his children. Findekano especially. Turukano seems to have allied himself with his mother which is sad.
Yet in amongst all of Nolofinwe's family problems, Feanaro's family seems the embodiment of unity.
Super chapter! Spiced Wine. :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Gabriel. I feel for Fingolfin. He never wanted to marry. The Valars' idea was to try and dilute the blood of Finwë in some way, by trying to arrange that his sons marry Vanyar (who were more 'affected' by the Valar - such as Anairë, less fiery, more obedient) It didn't work all that well. Fëanor of course, didn't marry a Vanya, but a Noldo. As soon as he was told a marriage was being arranged for him, he refused and went off and married Nerdanel.
Fëanor, ever since he was a youth had dreamed of his sons, so he wanted to marry just to bring those visions to fruition. But Fingolfin didn't want to marry at all, it was presented to him as his duty, and so he agreed to it, as did Anairë; it was a duty for her as well.
Fingolfin had Fingon, who was the most like him, but all Fëanor's sons adored him, which left Fingolfin feeling incredibly lonely, because he did love his children, but only Fingon truly reciprocated.
This was gorgeously erotic! Oh! And the frisson! :D For a moment I thought it was real what Nolofinwe was seeing, feeling. Then...*He blinked. His breeches were undone, his hand sticky with spilled seed, and Feanaro stood in the hall below, contemplating Nolofinwe's carven image above him on its plinth. His face was fierce, lovely, unaware.*
I especially love the statues of each of Finwe's sons and the foresight he must have had of what they would look like come adulthood. A beautiful idea. :)
Author's Response: Well...was it real :) It was certainly a hint of what is to come, anyway :) And I do think Fëanor *was* aware! Thank you, Gabriel
Oh my! That's astonishing - those eyes! The way the red light is reflecting back onto him looks like blood. Such a powerful image.
Author's Response: It's wonderful isn't it? I mentioned the Sauron in my verse has lavender eyes with a glow of fire in them at times, and this is just how I had imagined
This is really beautiful too. I love Van and Maglor; it's such a complex relationship, and it's a joy to read as you explore the different layers and nuances of it. I like that in this picture it almost seems like Van is the one submitting.
Author's Response: I know, Kaprriss is brilliant at doing that! And you're quite right about the sir of submission; more goes on than meets the eye :)
Oh wow! How beautiful - just like I imagined him. What a gorgeous picture.
Author's Response: I love this too, Narya :)
Another wonderful visioning, Spiced.
I haven't reviewed any of your stories yet despite having reviewed most of them so I figure here is the best place to do it.
Honestly? I find your characterization of canon characters amazing, you breathe a life into them that's so unique and compelling and leaves me wanting more. Your description are stunning and I love how you're able to so skillfully weave emotions into your scenes and make the reader feel as though they are watching the scene unfold.
Thank you for sharing your work with us. Reading it is always a pleasure.
Author's Response: Oh, how very kind, Arafinwean, thank you. You gave me a lovely boost this morning :) I'm so happy that you've enjoyed the stories and the characters. And thank you for taking the time to comment :)