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music of Ainur by breathing2004 music of Ainur by breathing2004
Eru is the supreme being, God. Eru is transcendent, and completely outside of and beyond the world. He first created a group of angelic beings, called in Elvish the Ainur, and these holy spirits were co-actors in the creation of the universe through a holy music and chanting called the "Music of the Ainur", or Ainulindall in Elvish.
Eru alone can create independent life or reality by giving it the Flame Imperishable. All beings not created directly by Eru, (e.g. Dwarves, Ents, Eagles), still need to be accepted by Eru to become more than mere puppets of their creator. Melkor desired the Flame Imperishable and long sought for it in vain, but he could only twist that which had already been given life
Eru created alone the Elves and Men. This is why in The Silmarillion both races are called the Children of Illvatar. The race of the Dwarves was created by Aule, and given sapience by Eru. Animals and plants were fashioned by Yavanna during the Music of the Ainur after the themes set out by Eru. The Eagles of Manwe were created from the thought of Manwand Yavanna. Yavanna also created the Ents, who were given sapience by Eru. Melkor instilled some semblance of free will into his mockeries of Eru Illvatar's creations (Orcs and Trolls).

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Definitely one of your more interesting pieces.
It's certainly not your most colorful, but its the most interesting in that while it is based off another story... it feels like an original piece.
Nice line work.
Excellent poses.
Wonderful use of emotion and shapes to show Picasso-esque emotion.
I especially like your depiction of the godly figure in the middle. She seems like a combination of lady liberty and the personification of justice (the one with the blindfold)
Keep up the good work and I hope you branch out into more epic stories that deserve that same amazing treatment WoW and LOTR got.
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The background colours give off a cosmic totality from Eru.
The esoteric quality of the illustration makes it highly compelling. Putting the Eruhini within Eru and under the Flame Imperishable gives it a touch of genesis, a beautiful creationesque quality.
The characterization of the Ainur adds magnificence to the piece. Detailing the regalia of the Ainur with features of their own domain helps mark them in such an elegant fashion. It is a mark of vision of a true artist.
What I would have liked to see is a representation of the void. I might be mistaken and it might be in there woven brilliantly and subtly -like everything else- as the void is an essential part of The Silmarillion.
Nonetheless, no words I can write can give justice to this masterpiece. I would say by far your finest work, but your other features of work are brilliant.
At request, please continue to illustrate such brilliant settings.
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AjaxTelamoneis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful!

I could never quite imagine these scenes... what Eru looked like, what the Valar looked like, what it would look like to watch them sing things into existence together ... wow.
Greenhatman Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
That's probably the most fascinating depiction of Eru I've ever seen in any artwork, and I just adore how the color blue is used so well here.
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kidskards Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
sell me this print PLEASE!!!!
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Tolkien, I suspect, would have been livid, had he ever seen this "Eru", if the story of his rather furious reaction to an overly-feminine depiction of Legolas is any indication.

Additionally, the embryonic proto-edain bears a disturbing resemblance to the protagonist of "Golgo 13", but that's really neither here nor there.
SocQA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Absolutely beautiful and wonderful work. Interesting depiction of the Ainur and Eru Illuvatar. Thank you for sharing your works with us!
Lotusbitch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Very Nice :)
Thraecian Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I'd dearly like to say something clever and insightful, but I've really nothing to say other than that your work is bloody amazing. If I weren't skint broke I'd buy a print of this.
Asturas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this
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