"Mother Idril, I would we had good Ecthelion of the Fountain here to play to me on his flute, or make me willow-whistles! Perchance he has gone on ahead?" But Idril said nay, and told what she had heard of his end." Jrr Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin
EDIT: I changed the background like I said I would and thickened his waist which was too skinny. Added some more emphasis on his face and light and shadow in general, and detailed the flowers (at last
Ecthelion of the Fountain, captain of Gondolin who died killing Gothmog, captain of Morgoth's army. He was said to be the fairest of the Noldoli.
In the story I am currently writing, Ecthelion is half Noldo, half Teleri by his father Elenfin, son of Olwë, thus making him a prince of Alqualondë through his father's descent and explaining why Turgon would chose him amongst many as one of his most trusted captains and advisors (the same goes for Glorfindel, whose lineage I have given in his own picture
) Imagining Ecthelion as part Teleri also gave an explanation to his special musical talents. I remember reading that he was said to have one of the fairest of voices, just like Finrod who also had Telerin blood.
A little note on the clothing: like I wrote before, I chose to give each Elven Lineage a different clothing feel, hence a Persian mood to Ecthelion's robes. (The brocade and design of the under shirt is completely Persian in style. The long sleaves of the tunic are of Jordanien inspiration.)
I also added sea shells and pearls to the knot on his hair as a reminder of his Telerin origins.
The Silver Fountain design can be found on the brocade of his under shirt sleaves.
All is hand detailed (thought I would die of such details
) and you may want to download it to appreciate said details better
(expecially the carvings on the flute.)
This is my second portrayal of all the lords of Gondolin and I'm thinking of doing a portrait of each of them
What do you think? :s
Ecthelion of the Fountain ©, J.R.R. Tolkien
Design © Lady Susan CSL
Done with photoshop CS