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Ecthelion Of The Fountain by Lady-Susan Ecthelion Of The Fountain by Lady-Susan
"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 :D ).


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 Olw, thus making him a prince of Alqualond 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 :p ) 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 :XD: ) 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 :p What do you think? :s

Ecthelion of the Fountain , J.R.R. Tolkien
Design Lady Susan CSL

Done with photoshop CS
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Yasmin661 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great! I love it :D :D
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist
thank you very much! :hug:
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! :-)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks !:D
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, such a lovely Ecthelion!! :love: I love his hair and the details on his clothes... and the whole picture gives me a sense of serenity; like it was when Gondolin was still standing and everyone shared happy moments:)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :hug:
Yes, I really wanted to convay a moment of piece, like how I would picture him when he was still young and innocent but still knew of the looming dangert of Morgoth and had allready experienced the tragedy of the kinslaying at Alqualond.
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
Well said, the picture really does create that feeling to me, you have succeded! :clap:
I know that it's a bit late to say that, but... are you still thinking of doing a portrait of each Gondolin Lord like you say in your description...? It would be truly wonderful if you did:)
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Snacky8 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Ecthelion is one of my favorites, and I love the flute!
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist
:o :glomp: Ecthelion is definitly ne of my favs too! He really doesn't get enough credit :( I mean, he slew a balrog! Gothmog, no less!
And of course, he was aflute player ^^
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alonceBrain Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love the shading and the details. It must have costed you a lot of hours.
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