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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 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 :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:)
Faved:heart:
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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 Alqualondë.
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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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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D Yes, the details on his attire (and the flowers T_T ) took me really a lot of time, but it was worth it! :D I actually doubt I ever spent as much time on another drawing :s
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alonceBrain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The effect is sdorable :D it was worth it :D
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Writer
Just beautiful. *soon-to-be professional flute player and fantasy lover talking here*
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks a lot!:D I love the flute, it's really one of the instruents alongside the harp that I really look forward to learning some day :)
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Writer
Yeah. I tried harp for a semester; found it wasn't as easy as I thought.
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StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Wow! This is just...wow! And incredible detail, too ^^ I love Ecthelion! (Oh my god, his name is too long. What am I supposed to call him, though? Thel? xD)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D Yeha, Ecthelion is really a lovable character but it's hard to find any goo nickname for him :p 'Lion maybe? XD 'Thlion... hmmm Not too convincing either XD
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StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I think I'll stick with Thel xDD It makes sense when you say it...and Thel and Fin sound okay (though it feels weird calling Glorfindel hair OTl)
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ArvenaPeredhel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the composition here, I think that's your strength. You've managed to portray him as a character both very powerful and very compassionate. My compliments on the level of depth you have invested in his design, especially the clothes. Persian? I like it.
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you! :) Yes, this took a long time to do, especially all the details. I'm glad that I managed in theend to show him both powerful and compassionate.
Yes, I thought something more "Thousand and one nightsé fitted well to the elves of Telerin origins. :) I am planning on doing more portrayals of Tolkien's elven lords, I hope to do them as much justice as for Ecthelion :p
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tirldar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Ooh, he's lovely. I really like the detailing on the clothing, and yes, Persian does seem appropriate! What kind of flowers are those near the bottom?
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you! :D I am currently working on a version of Galadriel (Artanis) in Persian inspired clothes since she was also a princess of the Teleri beore she left for Middle Earth.
The flowers are hydrangia as a lot of them bloom on the French Norman coast. I imagine such flowers could easily be found in nevrast too :)
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tirldar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
ahh, cool. :)
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how eloquent! this has such class and beauty, it really is spectacular!!!
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist
thanks Ben! :D This actually took ages to get done. I don't think I ever worked so long on a piece but it's also the one I am the most happy with :D
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ZakkVanBurace Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
wow this is awesome!
The details in his clothes are very well done, as well as the background ^^
keep up the good work =D
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist
thanks! :D It's hard to do another drawing with less details afterwards :p
and thinking up that background was hellish :XD:
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Plantress Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student Writer
This is amazing! I love the sense of movement the picture has.
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you! ^_^ I really thought I was going to die doing all those details on his clothes :p :D
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DaniiBears Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That's Amazing!
Exellent Job! :)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks! :D
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DaniiBears Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
np =)
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful picture! :D I like the feeling of movement in it :)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you! :D
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7hot-feanorians Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most welcome :D
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awildchelseaappeared Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yaaaaay you finished it! :D
i'm VERY happy to find that he is a flautist, like myself. yes, i think we'll get along nicely ;)
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist
:D Thank you! :glomp: I realised he was a bit too skinny, mostly on the left side so I'll reajust that and perhaps work on a bettercloudy scheme for the background :p I wanted to detail the little white flowers more but I'm not sure it would bring much more to the picture :XD:

Yesss! :D He's THE flutist from the Silmarillion :D
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awildchelseaappeared Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yay!!!!! :D
we shall have to play a duet ;)

i think it looks great, alterations or no! :)
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