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-Varda- by RivkaZ -Varda- by RivkaZ
"It is told that even as Varda ended her labors, and they were long, when first Menelmacar strode up the sky and the blue fire of Helluin flickered in the mists above the borders of the world, in that hour the Children of the Earth awoke, the Firstborn of Ilúvatar. By the starlit mere of Cuiviénen, Water of Awakening, they rose from the sleep of Ilúvatar; and while the dwelt yet silent by Cuiviénen their eyes beheld first of all things the stars of heaven. Therefore they have ever loved the starlight, and have revered Varda Elentári above all the Valar."
~from The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkein

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It's finally happened! I can no longer outrun the blood that runs into me from two sides of the family! I will ascend to those lofted vaults of my forbearers... -Yes. I am becoming....
A Rabid Tolkein Fanatic.
It's pretty much genetic.
Soon I will complete the Rite of Passage, so to speak, by finishing the Silmarilion, and from there, well, who knows.
Wish me luck.
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:iconstorm12:
storm12 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Wow, the ethereal quality of this really captures her power and might; as the Valar most feared by Melkor ;)
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TsukiRima Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Ethereal and Beautiful. It's truly breathtaking
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:iconladyelleth:
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Otherworldly and fantastic. I love your idea of Varda, it really conveys her as one of the chief powers of the Valar. :heart:

And here's hoping you went through that Rite of Passage successfully! :D
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:iconduvenel:
Duvenel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
She is absolutely wondrous. And at least you are in good company. There are far worse things to have than Tolkien-itis.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Digital Artist
aww, thanks! :D I hear there's no cure for Tolkien-itis, happily. :)
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:iconmasa-chan:
Masa-chan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Oh, my God. I'm so glad I found this when I searched. This is by far the best Varda I have EVER seen!

Ah, Elbereth Gilthoniel! <3

The only question I have is, are her eyes looking upward? I'm so sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm just having trouble deciphering which way she is looking. I do wear far-sighted prescription glasses, so my vision sucks up close.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010   Digital Artist
Why thank you dear! I'm glad I could lighted your day. :)

I had intended for her eyes to be indecipherable and black, with a sort of non directional shine on them, but certainly, as a scion of starlight it would be appropriate for her eyes to be looking upwards.
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:iconmasa-chan:
Masa-chan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
You're very welcome. And lighten it, you did. :heart:

Ahhhh! I see, now! I totally see what you mean. You're extremely talented, I would LOVE to see more Tolkien work from you!
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:iconlyuuin:
Lyuuin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
beautiful, and can i come with you on your (hopefully) never-ending trip?
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010   Digital Artist
: D yeeeessss company!
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:iconlyuuin:
Lyuuin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
=D
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Letenastare Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Surely one of the most personal interpretation of Varda Elentari I've ever seen... Nice job.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D I had a very concrete image of her in my head when I drew this. :) I'm glad you like it. <3
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Letenastare Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
You're welcome. :) This is pretty impressive.
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:iconmegabytze:
Megabytze Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Haha, welcome to the ranks! Being a LOTR geek is kind of awesome. P.S. This picture is absolutely spectacular. I love it - very well done. One of the best versions of her I've ever seen.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008   Digital Artist
really? wow thank you! :D

I've unfortunately been slacking off on my end of the family heritage. XD I still have to finish the Sim.

The problem with loving all things literary and graphic is that I'm easily distracted by things like Libraries and The Internet, which attack me all the time without any concern for my reading schedule.
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GreenInkling Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Oh, oh. Don't fight it! I have the genes from only one parent, and they are raging little monsters that won't be ignored!

Welcome! :giggle:
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008   Digital Artist
XDD yeaaah it's pretty much a lost battle at this point. I am slowly becoming my parents.
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:iconchuuurls:
Chuuurls Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
am recalling the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflote, but the tolkien reference is by far cooler.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007   Digital Artist
not that we don't love Mozart, but I agree! :love: thank you muchly! :heart:
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:iconchuuurls:
Chuuurls Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I personally want to go in a time machine and bring mozart into my house.

I'm not really sure why, though. :B
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Digital Artist
man, who wouldn't?! :D
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:iconfegie:
fegie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Interesting rendition of Varda. ;) I like the style, & how she's not quite a figure, like she's changing her shape a little (which, of course, she can ^^;). And I like her headdress.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I drew her exactly as I saw her. :)
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:iconfegie:
fegie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
You're welcome. :)
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:iconladyrowenaskye:
LadyRowenaSkye Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
oh wow. This is really lovely.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconcenobitesquid:
cenobitesquid Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Ooh! Pretties! Sauron gives the pretties dirty looks for not joining the dark side. XD But *I* like it. <3
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:iconcenobitesquid:
cenobitesquid Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Ooh! Pretties! Sauron gives the pretties dirty looks for not joining the dark side. XD But *I* like it. <3
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007   Digital Artist
XD Varda could liek- kick his butt. So is coo'. :heart:
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:iconcenobitesquid:
cenobitesquid Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Prolly, yeah.
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:icontheblackdrac:
theblackdrac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Whoa. Exploding Star Woman of Deeth. :omg:

Not a bad inheritance. :shrug: My parents hate Middle Earth with a passion. :no:
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
;_; how horrible! To live with such atrocities!

and yes. yes. Exploding star woman. She loves you too. :heart:
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:iconbeastly-little-irhus:
o.o

Ooo.

*wiggle*
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:iconiceyarticuno:
IceyArticuno Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Sooo. Prettttttttyyy.
*_*
*incoherent, it's too damn early in the morning*
...*steal*
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
NEIN! you cannot stealz her! she is ze SKY. ... und you cannot steal ze sky. u_u eet eez...you know...quite big.
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:iconiceyarticuno:
IceyArticuno Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
......*steals anyway* You cannot stop me. Not with all your purdy words.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
but...ze sky! :<
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:iconiceyarticuno:
IceyArticuno Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Too bad. It's mine now.
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:iconrivkaz:
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
;^;
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:iconiceyarticuno:
IceyArticuno Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
...*will now leave with the sky*
..*fail*
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