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Forging Arda- page 3 by RivkaZ Forging Arda- page 3 by RivkaZ
Introducing Mairon, maia of Aulė; better known by his stripper name, Sauron, Dark Lord of Middle Earth.
But that's later. For now, enjoy the baby pictures.

I realize I'm playing a little fast and loose with the Silmarillion lore here... Arda starts out flat and therefore doesn't have a core, and exactly how or when the maiar were created wasn't clear to me, so I'm not sure when this 'creation' takes place chronologically. And, obviously, I'm making some stuff up to fill in the gaps of what is known about Mairon in a way that makes sense to me. ^_^; This comic is based on a dream I had after reading the Silmarillion, and not the book canon itself.

I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulė 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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somercet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
"better known by his stripper name" lmao.
Zlukaka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
"better known by his stripper name, Sauron, Dark Lord of Middle Earth. "
This gets me every time. XDDDDD

As for the comic itself, this is probably my most favorite page of all. The creation and awakening of Mairon rendered so very beautifully. I just adore the panel where life is breathed into him, it is so powerful! And the liquid magmatic borders of the panels! So good! 8D

Bebe Mairon gets his first hammer, daw :33333 And his chest eye is shining bright! :3
Sixwing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color scheme and fonts on this page.

The last panel has sent me all aflutter. Partially it is knowing how this ends, but the journey to get there is going to be awesome.
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Man, searching for and downloading new fonts for this project is SOOOOO dangerous. XD Once I start, I can't stop. Eek! I'm so glad you like it dear! I'm learning a lot as I go. ...And yeah, there are no happy endings for this bunch. *sigh*
befanini Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
If I read the book right, the maia were created at the same time as the ainu, the first offspring of Iluvatar's thought. The ainu were of a higher order ("archangels") and the maia of a lesser order.
pandemonium-213 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Gorgeous artwork, and I love your conceptualization. And you had me at "mini-Paradise Lost." (I'm a Milton fan.)

Re: "I realize I'm playing a little fast and loose with the Silmarillion lore here... "

Go with your imagination and interpretation by all means. The results are fabulous. David Brin's are words to live by (and I certainly apply them to my own interpretation of Tolkien's legendarium).

Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

"Don't just receive your adventures. Toy with them. Re-mold them in your
mind! Keep asking "What if...?"It's how you get practice not just being a
passive consumer, or critic, but a creative storyteller in your own right. "

~ David Brin, "We Hobbits Are a Merry Folk: An Incautious and Heretical Appraisal of JRR Tolkien."
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I can't love you enough for this comment. The encouragement it gives me is immense, and I'm just pleased as punch that you like my work! I hadn't realized when I started this project just how prolific the Silmarillion fandom is on the web! Very frequently I find myself feeling a little cowed by just how many amazing and varied interpretations of the characters and events there are. It can be a little intimidating to jump into something like this fandom, where the concentration of love and the attention to canon is so high, but it's been pretty damn gratifying as well. :)

I'm trying to think of something intelligent to say here, but I'm just so utterly blown away by "Wild Abyss" that I'm kind of just frothing at the mouth and rolling around in ecstasy (just finished chapter 3). I think it's everything that I could possibly want in an addendum to the Silmarillion. (I should probably save further raving for your actual comments section...)

That essay seems like it is going to be immediately relevant to my life and I am googling it as we speak.
pandemonium-213 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I'm more than happy to encourage you! I've seen a fair amount of Maironesque art floating around lately, but yours really resonates with me; I have added the Forging of Arda to my favorites. Honestly, *all* of your artwork across your fandoms is fantastic - *love* your use of color, form, and your distinctive style!

Although it's true that many Silmarillion fans are strongly attentive to canon, quite a number of us apply that knowledge to varied interpretations to the text, i.e., if you're going to bend or break canon, it helps to know it. :) Personally, I treat Tolkien's legendarium as mythology rather than solid (if imaginary) history, so there's a lot of room for all sorts of interpretation, including your marvelous vision born of a dream (now *that* is Tolkienesque :D).

Anyway, I think you'd fit right in at the SWG! And thanks muchly for checking out my ficcish hackery.
FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
"Known better by his stripper name" LOL

I love the concept of him emerging from the lava, it looks really good.
Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I love all the details and those first three pages got me completely hooked for more! I can't wait to find out where this will heed! Great artwork!!
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