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Morgoth and Fingolfin by JMKilpatrick Morgoth and Fingolfin by JMKilpatrick
One of my first few finished attempts with digital painting. The duel between the dark lord Morgoth and Fingolfin. 


“Last of all is set the name of Melkor, He who arises in Might. But that name he has forfeited; and the Noldor, who among the Elves suffered most from his malice, will not utter it, and they name him Morgoth, the Dark Enemy of the World.”
— The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien

Some nice fire stock fav.me/d4jkv9d
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Lanny-Dwarfy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Wow! Awesome!
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lunaruno Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
{morgoth} hi
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
outstanding! :thumbsup:
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tetraburmium Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Wanted to add that I'd also be interested in buying this as a print... Very atmospheric!
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Arthas972 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now i see why Sauron was so BIG in the game Lego The Lord of the Rings.  He sure as hell wasn't that big in Shadow of Mordor.
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Estelindis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Amazing.
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Balahast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
That is so perfect.
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UCSPanther Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
The Grand-daddy of all Evil Gods in Fantasy literature...
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zepheyr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Holy smokes. This image more than any other fully captures the immensity and sheer power Morgoth held over all mortals. Here, he makes Fingolfin look like a mouse.
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Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
One-sided much?
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ArtisanofInfatuation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Is there a way to buy a version without the watermark? I really would like this for my desktop background :D Plsssssssssssss
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Nocturias Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
THis artpiece has been featured in my group! fantasyminds.deviantart.com/

Have a good day! Heart Rose
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Plaswuff Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I was writing about this two nights ago after too much wine. It all seemed amazing at the time, reading it back now it seems like I had a few good points and repeated them over and over in different ways. Still, an excellent picture, a little more focus on the geography of the area near Angband would have made it perfect. 

Here's what I typed up: 

The spikes on Morgoth's armour are pointing upwards showing his divine nature - he came from the heavens. But his pitted yellow eyes and resolute stance and hammer shfit his focus to the ground, to the realm of elves and men, to the changeable world. His hammer is Grond, the hammer of the underworld, and it burns with fire which is the element most quickly capable of physical change.

Fingolfin's weapon is also pointed towards the ground, defying Morgoth's claim over the earth. However, his hair, the same colour (and, by implication, nature) of his sword, is implying that he is the true subject/proprietor of the earth. It is his to exist in and rule as much as he can.

Two directions then for Morgoth, who defies his own nature by defying the will of Illuvatar.

One direction for Fingolfin, although who is outmatched, directs his force, his weapon, in the direction of his spirit, the made world.

Also important. Fingolfin's hair AND sword point in the exact same direction. His actions, even his defiance, spring from his following of his true nature. Morgoth's are the OPPOSITE and spring from his defiance. This is why he is considered ANTAGONIST. He is the one most defiant of his intended role, the one who seeks dominion over lands he has no claim over.

Fingolfin follows his nature.

Morgoth defies his.

Fingolfin's intention remains unbending even given the proximity of Grond and its change-inducing fire, given a greater impression of strength of Fongolfin's part, especially considering thir disproportionate sizes.

Met in valley - meeting inevitable.
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DiogoMendoza Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Hi, what kind of device did you use to paint? Thank you
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JMKilpatrick Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Digital Artist
A Wacom intuos 4 and photoshop
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Superdebus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
If they make a movie...they need to call you.
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YugenCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing!!
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DonalC Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I've looked around for the best Fingolfin vs Morgoth duel picture and I can honestly say this is the best one I have seen. BTW it's also my wallpaper on my laptop :D
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Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Indredible picture, you have captured the scene perfectly. The fear and bravery in one view, very well done!
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Veng1saur Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Hoo! That's some epicness right there! I feel the need to listen to Manowar or Rhapsody of Fire!
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songsoferang Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job !
You can feel the strength of Melkor !
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YoungPhoenix3191 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Absolutely amazing!
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HrodgarOfWinterfell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Very beautiful!!
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Hachi-Dan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Job!
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CrimsonThunder90 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
The Fate of us all
Lies deep in the dark
When time stands still at the iron hill.
Great job. Captures the feel of that epic duel superbly.
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Kanuky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Amazing picture of Melkor!!! I love it!
But but it is a shame that the watermark spoils the illustration.
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Spartan-Talon-731 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is great!! I'm listnening to the book right now
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FrankManic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
If you would please make this available as a print I should dearly love to have it on my wall. The imagery of Fingolfin facing down Morgoth is very powerful and I find it extremely inspiring.
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Deviss-SOA Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Was Morgoth seriously THAT huge?
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QeNos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the book there isn't any reference to him being any particular height, but he does say that Morgoth looked like a moving fortress, and that he towered over Fingolfin. The book also stated that he had a massive shield, and that he carried a massive hammer; Grond, the hammer of the underworld.
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smegy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Hi, I would like to print this as a poster and put it on my living room wall, though i couldn't find any non-trademarked version here. I don't know if i could buy it as a printing but it would be so nice.
Great work, keep up.
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hitmanboy47 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Beautiful
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jayden444 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Incredible!
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efecanyilmaz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Perfect. Just perfect.
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SteelRequiem Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
There is a grand, majestic beauty in Morgoth. He appears terrifyingly powerful in this painting. Very good work.
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Progear1337 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I want this picture so bad :/
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ColorKKey Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic!
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Under-13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
this is what I envisioned Melkor/Morgoth to be like when I read The Silmarillion great job
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Ossian77 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
This must be the best Morgoth Vs Fingolfin painting I have seen to date. Dramatic, ominous, full of pent up energy
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
this is just awesome...
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you know (call me stupid) but i never knew there was one above sauron. but by god, if he was in the war, there's no way isildur could have stopped him
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
sauron was only morgoth's servant... when morgoth disappeared, he felt like the king. read the silmarillion, you will like it if you like the lord of the rings^^
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love lord of the rings
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Amanthus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You did a wonderful job! I can almost feel the tension before the fight.
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Fgore Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work!
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froggywoggy11 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. For one of your first few attempts it's incredible. It took me years to get to this stage and I'm not even sure if I am this good! I can't wait to see what you're producing in a years time.
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CursedFreak Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I think this is the first time I've seen a picture of this scene in which their height difference was so extreme.
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FrostBo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely stunned
Wonderful work
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paper-lit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
That's one of the best depictions of Fingolfin's challenge that I've seen yet.
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Igor-Son-Of-Gondor Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is the most awesome depiction of their duel ive ever seen :O great job!
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