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“Idril”

©2001 Sam R. Balcomb

The daughter of Turgon, king of Gondolin. She fell in love with Tuor, and together they gave birth to Earendil (seen here), whose fate brought salvation to both Men and Elves. As the time of the city's destruction grew nigh, her spirit darknened and forboded evil doings (Elves were quite far-sighted). I've always enjoyed depicting parent/siblings, and here I wanted to stress Idril's dark strength in the protection of her son. Tolkien described her hair as shimmering gold, so that was fun to play with—the Dodge/burn tool also brings up the color contrast, which gave me that rich golden hue. Silmarillion fans will note the twin Trees of Valinor on her jacket.
 

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