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Forging Arda- page 6 by RivkaZ Forging Arda- page 6 by RivkaZ
Mairon weighs his options, on the uneasy cusp of a decision he does not even realize he is making.

Last page of this arc! I hope you enjoyed it! I certainly learned a lot in the process of creating it.
I will be switching styles after this page to something a little simpler so I can get through the pages at a more reasonable pace. Lots to do still! I'm not sure where this will end, but hopefully it will be an interesting journey.

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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OlaNaTungee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow your version of Aule looks so much like the one I always had in my head :D
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Awesome! :D (Great minds think alike, eh? ) It's been a pleasure painting this Aulė; I'm glad he seems familiar. ^_^
OlaNaTungee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
will you carry on with this? it is so amazing :)
QuantumPhysica Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This story is amazing. Your drawing style really brings the words to life, and it's wonderful.
Hedonistbyheart Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Oh wow. I love these pages. I'm so drawn in by your use of colours, everything is so saturated and heavy, but at the same time so deliciously blended and smooth. It's soft and sharp at the same time and looking at it all is like eating dark chocolate; intoxicating and utterly lovely:Heart:
I really love your designs for the characters as well and how Melkor, who seems to inhabit a jealousy for the Children of Eluvatar from the beginning, has a very humanoid shape, while Aulė's form sends out much more 'earthy' vibes. It's all just so pretty~:D
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Oh my goodness that is some delectable praise!  Thank you so much! (Mmmm... I want chocolate now.) :heart:

Hedonistbyheart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
you're very welcome! :D
CheckeredFoxglove Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man! You make me want to read the Silmarillion, but I'm pretty sure I would finish unsatisfied. Partially developed bad guys make me sad on the inside. Your versions do not make me sad on the inside. :)
RivkaZ Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
YESSSS these are words I live for, my friend XD <3
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I love the style - very dreamy, very befitting of mythology. :)
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