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“Turin’s Grave ”—color version • compare to ink version

©2001 Sam R. Balcomb

Definitely the most emotional moment of the Silmarillion for me—the reuniting of Turin's parents over his grave (and his sister's). The father, Hurin, had been held captive in Angband for many long years—and now is when he finally meets up with his lost wife Morwen. I've always loved this moment so much. In the background you can see the burnt skeletal remains of Glaurung, the great dragon, which Turin killed just before his death. Now atmosphere plays a huge part of any picture, and here I wanted to get that feel of a heavy rain just at sunset—with the clouds in the West breaking slightly, and mist coming off the ground. I'm very happy with this one.

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