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Forging Arda- Page 5 by RivkaZ Forging Arda- Page 5 by RivkaZ
Oh, did you like that mountain Aulë? Was that your favorite mountain? Oh gosh I’m so sorry I promise I won’t knock down any of the others you painstakingly built up over the last eon WHOOPS THERE I GO AGAIN, BUTTERFINGERS.

Only one more page to go before I start a new arc and switch to a less time-consuming style! Telling a story at the speed of my coloring skills is just not going to get me through another six pages. *wobble*

I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulë the Smith. Now I am trying to put some of that dream-material into a comic.

I want to explore some of the empty margins in the history of these characters, simply because there is a lot about Middle Earth theology that frustrates me a great deal, and I feel like the motivations of a lot of the 'dark' characters are not explored in the books at all (or at least, not to my satisfaction). So this is my sort of self-indulgent, mini "Paradise Lost" for the Silmarillion. XD

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Hephaestus24 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
This is amazing work. 😄
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thank you so much! :'D
Hephaestus24 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Your very welcome. 😄
jubah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
god, your art is so beautiful! Not only the lines and the style (which are already amazing), but your colors are also fantastic... this page is so beautiful I could star at it for days!
Elaedan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Melkor<33 He is beautiful!

I can't wait to read more of your comic!
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Thank you so much! More comics will be on the way soon I hope. :)
ValtielLux Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
"Aulė? Was that your favorite mountain?"

xDDDDD that killed me.
RedMeg Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your father-son relationship between Mairon and Aule is so adorable and perfect *breaks down in Mairon and Aule feels* I've wanted so badly to find something where someone actually pays heed to the fact that, in older versions of the stories Tolkien referred to the more powerful maia as the children of whatever Vala they followed, and that makes Mairon Aule's son. I just think it gives the story so much more depth. And half of me is raring to get to the 'seduction by Melkor' part, but... I also just want to whack Mairon on the head and tell him 'Your dad's right. Stay away from Melkor!' because he's so cute as an innocent young maia.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next part! Usually I prefer the phobs design for Mairon and Melkor, but your fiery Melkor is so cute and evil he's really endeared himself to me already. :D
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you so much!! I'm so happy to share and know you're enjoying my interpretation. :)
Don't worry the seduction part is coming up soon! Kids, they never listen. XD

^_^; I have mixed feelings about Phobs' Mairon/Melkor, even though it's gorgeous. I'm really pleased you like my designs as well! <3 The Melkor I imagine when I read the books is really difficult to pin down to one concept, and even harder for me to draw, so I'm trying to work with a version that is close to what I see in my head but also workable in a comic format. It's really nice to know that people are enjoying it, even though I'm still figuring things out as I go.
RedMeg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I really love seeing different interpretations, because it's the mythology of Middle-Earth; it makes total sense that the Vala and Maia would be seen different ways and present themselves different ways. :D
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