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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.

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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
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome! :D (Great minds think alike, eh? ) It's been a pleasure painting this Aulė; I'm glad he seems familiar. ^_^
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OlaNaTungee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
will you carry on with this? it is so amazing :)
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QuantumPhysica Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This story is amazing. Your drawing style really brings the words to life, and it's wonderful.
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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
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh my goodness that is some delectable praise!  Thank you so much! (Mmmm... I want chocolate now.) :heart:


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Hedonistbyheart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
you're very welcome! :D
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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. :)
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
YESSSS these are words I live for, my friend XD <3
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I love the style - very dreamy, very befitting of mythology. :)
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TastesLikeInsanity Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
this page is so well done :D
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Greenhatman Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Can't believe I missed these last two pages! I've really enjoyed your interpretation of Sauron's beginnings; I can't think of any other work that portrays him at the very beginning, when he's innocent, and even charming in his childlike ways. This page, especially, really shows his uncertainty about what he wants to do, while showing how Alue, while kind and well-meaning, seems somewhat cold and distant, while Melkor offers hot-blooded excitement.

I can't wait to see where you take this interpretation next!
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, what a beautiful and accurate description! :) Thank you so much! The contrast between Sauron/Mairon's two masters is one of my favorite things to examine. It makes Sauron's character that much more interesting because he's served two mentors with such different qualities. It's totally a bummer we don't see more of Aulė in the fandom! XD

I just finished re-uploading all six pages after retouching and hand-lettering them and I'm exhausted, but so happy that it's being enjoyed! :heart:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it looks great! Cool concept too :)
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
a very interesting concept! I have often wondered what it would have been like...because Sauron was in the beginning one of the Mariar of Aule the Smith...Saruman was as well...I wonder if they ever met or knew one another, or even recognized eachother later on in the 3rd Age of Arda when the LOTR took place...it would be cool to see some artwork showing Sauron and Saruman when they were servants of Aule...but I really like what you have done here...I have never done an "Official work of Sauron...I drew all the Valar and have a large poster in my Gallery depicting them on here if you wanna check it out.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :heart: Poor Aulė really has the worst luck with his maiar!
I am interested in exploring that intersection between Saruman and Sauron. (Saruman, at least in the trilogy, seems to be Sauron's #1 fan!) Hopefully I'll get to it in the comic, but if not, I'll at least draw a picture or write something about it, because it would be really interesting to see how they'd interact, and what their history with Aulė was like.
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This picture... it's the whole universe full of lifetimes and pain and beauty combined into one perfect square. It's my favourite picture in my whole existence... it really is. I literally cannot express with words what it makes me feel, ;u; I really think it's some sort of destiny, that this perfection of a comic could only have been drawn by you in particular time and place in the history of our world. And you did it. You literally made your dream come true! XD

I just can look at this forever. And I will. I feel this will be the one picture that will be hanging wherever we move with Zlu, inspiring our lives forever. It's stunning, you're stunning! When I saw page 3 of this comic I didn't think this could have been even more perfect but with each page you've been proving me wrong and this is just the culmination of everything that makes life worth living. Thank you ;u;

The longer I look at this the more I see. How Aule with his beard looks like a mountain himself, how his eyebrows are like weathered stones, it's all... so perfect and so sad. Melkor was pure perfection before but now with shining eyes and teeth he somehow got even more perfect, I just lose my ability to can, Rivka, this is madness XD

I want this picture in hugest format you got (you do have it without text too, right?) on my email nao, please. I am so going to make that poster happen XDDDD

And woah, can't wait to see this story unfold <333333
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
It's taken me a while to reply to this because every time I open it on my browser, all I can do is sit with my hand over my face and tears misting up my eyes.

I honestly feel the same way about you and Zlu and this whole crazy thing we have together. There is a connection here that transcends internet fandoms and silliness and everything... and I'm just really, really happy that we met. :') I don't know what to say. As always, you read past the surface of what my abilities can create and into the idea behind it. <3 Thank you.

You will have your page-poster! I swear it in the sight of Eru!
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chrisspaulsen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
looove it! can't wait for you to do more!!!
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Sixwing Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aule is so calm and BUILDING MOUNTAINS asdkfjlaksdljf.
And Melkor is so beautifully sinister on this page.
Mairon's balance in the center panel really pulls the whole thing together. Beautiful layout, beautiful art, excuse me I must go have feels.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh no then this must be THE REVENGE OF THE FEELS because you are giving me some with your sweet comments! ;3; :heart:
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Zlukaka Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Hello, Mairon, look at your Vala, now back at Melkor, now back at your Vala, now back at Melkor. Sadly he isn't Melkor. But if he stopped making mountains and began blowing stuff up, he could act like he's Melkor.

Look down, back up, you're in the middle of a firestorm with the Ainu your Vala could act like. What's in your hands? It's a hammer that can be used to make things you love. Those things are now havoc and destruction.

I'm on a giant spider.

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Now all jokes aside, this is superb. That pristine shiny mountain Aule is making so lovingly, it looks so cool! And Melkor's hair is so awesomely textured, this corrupted darkening fire 8DDD And Mairon poor doubtful baby, let me hug you, go, go to that Vala you will love! 8D You'll make up with your daddy later. We all know kids need to one day move out.

Now that I think of it, Aule could have been making a giant snowman and Melkor kicking its head off. XD If there was a kidnergarten AU that would be exactly the case XD

Sorry I can not restrain my stupid jokes.

But gosh your comic is gorgeous 8D I can't wait to see more and in the new style 8D Curious!
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Never, ever restrain your stupid jokes. XD they are the best jokes, and I demand a kindergarten AU immediately! You seriously have me on the floor laughing my eyeballs out every time. It's becoming dangerous! But very endearing!

THE RINGS ARE NOW DIAMONDS.

I really want to address the sons-leaving-fathers theme in the comic as well! So much to do, so little time... T___T
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Zlukaka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Aw, I am glad I have such dangerous effects on your physique! :evillaugh:

Daw, your Sauron-Aule dynamic is the one adorable father-son thing to rule them all <3
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ValtielLux Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I really like your drawing style and the way you're telling the story, so I'm looking forward to see how it will continue.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I am so, so happy that you are enjoying the my strange little half-dream, half-fanfiction exploration. <3 I want to get started on the next part of the comic right away. :D
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ValtielLux Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I hope so!! the world needs more of this comic =p

BTW, Melkor's hair is so fabulous o_O

xD
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RedMeg Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I already gushed about this page on Tumblr (I'm sometimesIwishIweremongolian) but I thought I'd drop by again to tell you it's LOVELY. Your coloring and the flow of the page are done so well, and I adore your design for Aule.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Ah HA! So it's you! :D
Thank you so much darlin! <3
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RedMeg Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NP, really looking forward to the next pages!
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Maralyss Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wish I could write an entire book about this page, this story, your style, everything, but... The only coherent thought that I can bring myself to make is This Is Beautiful.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
;w; You are so sweet! Thank you so much dear! I'm so happy you like it.
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