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Drowning of Numenor by mattleese87 Drowning of Numenor by mattleese87
With King Ar-Pharazôn's fleet sailing to the Undying Lands to make war against the Valar upon Sauron's suggestion, the Valar made a plea to Ilúvatar, the creator god. Ilúvatar's wrath was great, and with his mighty power he broke the world and reformed it. The Great Sea was divided, and in the chaos the great island of Númenor, granted to the faithful Men who had now been corrupted, was swallowed up by the sea. As the mighty flood water poured in around him, Sauron laughed on his dark seat in his dark temple, knowing that his deeds had gone as planned. For Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though Ilúvatar crushed him into the abyss of the ocean, his spirit returned to the land of Mordor where he picked up the One Ring and took on form of malice and hatred.

I like this piece quite a bit. Just about everything worked out well with it in my opinion.

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qatzol Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Sauron was the only one who made Eru do something that drastic, whereas all the stuff Morgoth pulled didn't even warrant a response from Illuvatar. Shows what a troll Sauron truly is...
Luja88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
great work!!
STUDLROW-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very dramatic! I've never seen the drowning of Numenor depicted before :)
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
The Valar let him get his way because they didn't bother to stop him.
Entuluva Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Yondercat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Looks really good, I like the expressions on people's faces.
RianOfGondor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
It's a wonderful picture! I love Numenor and all that has something to do with it, so I'm glad to see such a wonderful picture about its fall!

I think it's great that we see the people being drowned here, and not just the island. The monuments looks great and the details are awesome, the water and the great wave are very well done, the people's face is very expressive, etc... I too love everything about it!
ragnaice Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa :wow:
Green-Kite Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
You've captured the moment of raw power and greed of the Numenor. It's flawless. 5/5.
Makavaldres Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly as I pictured it.
ayujih Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
This is simply stunning and magnificent.

The point of view reference is superb and I love the close up look of panic fear you have there. My only regret is that you also don't have a view of Sauron laughing at the destruction. Sort of a contrast as this seems to be an event of untold horror and ultimate triumph for the parties involved.
titan57 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
lol nice way to destroy the islamic temple in the background there.
choclatecruncher16 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Student General Artist
amazing, puts my recent attempt of this scene to shame lol. i really like the water effects. well done =D
IanAltano Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Magnificent work!
Deannalyn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
This is fantastic! Best pic of that subject I've seen yet!
melime6 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! quite loyal to the book :nod:
PoPanda Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
very nice. looks very intense. I did one too of Numenors downfall, its here on dev-art.
SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Most of the pictures I've seen of Numenor show a view from far away.
Having it close up gives a whole new level of intensity. When its far away one
can see the death of a civilization, but up close it becomes more personal
and one realizes that it was also individuals dying as well.
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I was first going to go for a shot showing the entire island being consumed by a wave and the cracking of the world, but then my teacher suggested this point of view. I'm glad I made that change.
Preying-Mantis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow all three of these are fantastic!

I'm so jealous of your skills. :D
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks. I still got a while to go to get to the level I want though. "Wizards of the Coast"... those guys are simply amazing and I would love to be able to do what they do.
Preying-Mantis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Psh! With this picture and your skills, you'll blow people right out of the water! :D
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December 16, 2008
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