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Fingolfin vs Morgoth by mattleese87 Fingolfin vs Morgoth by mattleese87
This piece is the epic battle between Fingolfin, High king of the Noldorin Elves, and the Great Enemy Morgoth, to whom even Sauron was but a lieutenant. Morgoth stole the precious Silmaril jewels from the house of FŽanor and set them in his iron crown. Many years later, Fingolfin set out to the gates of Utumno and challenged the dark lord to single combat. Morgoth attemped to crush his foe with Grond, hammer of the underworld, but ended up cracking holes in the earth, from which fire and lava erupted.

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"Missed again!"

One does wonder what Fingolfin could have done to Sauron...
illuvatargodofall Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
HardHit20 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
I stand alone
Noone's by my side
I'll dare you
Come out
You coward
Now it's me or you

He gleams like a star
And the sound of his horn's
Like a raging storm
Proudly the high lord
Challenges the doom
Lord of slaves he cries

Slowly in fear
The dark lord appears
Welcome to my lands
You shall be damned!

Lord of all Noldor
A star in the night
And a bearer of hope
He rides into his glorious battle alone
Farewell to the valiant warlord

--- I love this piece.
Phoenix-Wight Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of all of the designs of Morgoth, this is the one I like the most. Is it the emotion of hate in his eyes? Is it the lava for skin? I don't know, but I love it.
Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
There's only a few renditions that I feel do this duel justice. One of them is naturally the John Howe interpretation but yours is added into my list. I find there's a creepiness (in the most horrific of ways) about the way you captured Morgoth and yours is the only version I've seen that shows Grond spraying up lava. :)
StrawberryJam1313 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This is amazing... Morgoth is like a dark monster, and Fingolfin is still fighting despite it all. Brilliant :D
LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really great depiction of this scene. Most people (just my humble opinion) make Morgoth far too large. They're still good pics but how on earth would his foot fit on Fingolfin's throat if it was bigger than his whole body??? Oh well. I also like Fingolfin's armor. :)
Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Glorious painting, I love it!
STUDLROW-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Oh) Wonderful.
colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
holy moly....:0
skjaldulfr Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Too bad that big watermark is in the middle. Otherwise this would be a great picture.
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Due to complaints, I have now removed the watermark and brought the size up. Enjoy!
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah sorry, I've had problems with people taking my art from DeviantArt and printing them on t-shirts and stuff then selling them for profit on ebay.
skjaldulfr Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Beautiful. *favorite*
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You've gotten a lot of compliments on this, and they are fully deserved. Both characters look true to Tolkien's conception of them, the details all fit, (particularly the Silmarils in Morgoth's crown) and the background looks appropriate. Fine job!
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I did use John Howe's piece and character design from the films for inspiration, but I wanted this one to look like an older, more primal version... like Morgoth's appearance was what Sauron chose to imitate, perhaps as to remind his foes of the dread of his master.
Igor-Son-Of-Gondor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Fingolfin!
nessanagirl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Excellent! I love the story of the silmarils, and you caught this moment exactly as it was in my head.
ByMoonlight96 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Truly beautiful, the armor and the lava and shining bright as ever, the Silmarils. Really nice! :)
Neferneferuaten Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your armor design. It doesn't look so much like a John Howe or movie- Sauron knock off as many do.

Also Grond I>Grond II, no matter that Grond II was a battering ram in the shape of a wolf's head. :)
CzargentSane Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
"behold! the shadow of my thought shall lie upon you wherever you go, and my hate shall pursue you to the ends of the world"

not the same scene, but morgoth wasn't exactly in a talkative mood during the battle of unnumbered tears.
avalanche33398 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
In your description you failed to mention that Fingolfin was insane with grief at the death of so many elves in the Dagor Braggolach (probably spelled that wrong). You also missed that Morgoth crushed Fingolfin with Grond in the end. I'm sure you're aware of this but I felt it should be mentioned. Regardless of the backstory the picture is AWESOME!!!!!
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, though that bit about the actual crushing would be called a SPOILER :)
CzargentSane Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
not sure it can be much of a spoiler when ol' finny stepped up to a dude who's like, miles tall
avalanche33398 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Whoops. Should've written *SPOILER ALERT* before I wrote that.
GERMANJAP Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
wats up w/ the 3 lights on his helm
mattleese87 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Obviously you've never read the Silmarillion lol. Those would be the Silmaril jewels themselves, created by the talented Elf FŽanor and coveted and eventually stolen by Morgoth who set them in his crown.
ColinatorGX Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Morgoth's armor is really well-drawn I think! It gives a very unholy vibe. =)
Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
This is a wonderful piece of art work and very well done on capturing this scene from the book so well. Very well done
Yujifanik Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Well! I know the reasons behind the watermark.

But dang that would make a nice desktop background.
ardashir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
When they next print the Silmarillion they need to use this art in the book.
Leo-Machado Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Great job..
JASON9000 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Very excellent. At first though I thought that was Sauron since this looks similar to how he is portrayed in the trilogy. But I then noticed the three Silmarils. Again excellent job.
Omniczar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't Morgoth have a hammer though?
Sasorixthexpuppet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
He had a lot of stuff , but his usuals were either a suped version fo the Doom Hammer . Or some Wolf Headed Battering Ram , wich takes around 6 or so Trolls just to lift
Omniczar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Actually the Grond battering ram was named after Morgoth's Hammer by Sauron during the Siege of Minas Tirith, but I do recall many times of people telling me that his weapon of choice was his dark hammer, the Grond.
scholargrove Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Morgoth was Saurons master, the most powerful being to ever live in Middle Earth.
KakashiSB Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible!
A fine piece of artwork!
silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Really Like this. it looks like he could be Sauron's former master
scholargrove Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
He was.
silmarlfan1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
KyrNelenar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Simply amazing... I wish they would make a Silmarillion movie and use this design for Morgoth :D ... It's so cool...
lukaxp Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
This is awsome,but Morgot had shield.but still this is sooooooooo good.
Serpensium Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
A fantastic piece, wonderful to behold!
This is why Fingolfin is the best elf ever.
Only one thing: the battle took place at Angband, not Utumno. Utumno was destroyed by the Valar when they captured Morgoth the first time.
0130 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Ah this is just great, you know? sometimes when you look for Morgoth, artists paint him as a giant black being like a gorilla... I hate that! and here, is the morgoth of my mind when I was reading the Silmarillion~! Amazing Work~!
MeltingRoses Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
That was my favorite part of the whole book. I love this representation :)
darthpayback Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Wonderful painting!
LORD-TYNANdarklich Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
scholargrove Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
He was Saurons master.
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