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LotR/S: The House of Finwe by Houkakyou LotR/S: The House of Finwe by Houkakyou
Twenty major personages hailing from the greatest bloodline in Middle-Earth. Wives not included.

From left to right, they are Turgon, Maglor, Fingon, Maedhros, Amrod, Curufin, Celebrimbor, Fingolfin, Celegorm, Feanor, Aredhel, Finarfin, Caranthir, Amras, Galadriel, Orodreth, Finrod, Finwe, Angrod, and Aegnor. If that's too confusing for you, I wrote out the names next to their owners here:


This was actually a great deal of fun to do and it took me about 24 hours spread over two days. It's not perfect by any means, but I tried to describe how they feel towards the various members of their family, and I think I did alright. :)

My favorites are Curufin & Celebrimbor (because they're adorable!) and Caranthir & Galadriel (they're just kind of eyeing each other...), but Aredhel draped over Celegorm and cuddly Angrod and Aegnor are runners-up!

I also took the liberty of using these images to compile an abbreviated family tree for those of my watchers who get confused every time I post more LotR art ;P


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L-U-C-K-Y-Diamond Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! imagine what Finwe should have gone through to actually get a family portrait done...

this is brillian! 

I would've liked to Celebrían here too...
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014   Digital Artist
There's a series of portraits I did after this, several of which have Celebrian in them (along with everybody else I forgot to include XD) Thank you!
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asoccer88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
who is nelyo
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Maedhros! 'Nelyo' is a nickname for 'Nelyafinwë', his father name.
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asoccer88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
oh
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Celebrimbor is so cuuuute
I would've liked Huan somewhere though.
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Digital Artist
:)
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Galadriel doesn't look too amused for Caranthir's company. :D
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Neither of them are particularly interested by the other ;P
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Not enough family pictures. :D
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! I've actually been requested to draw some of the members of the family that I left out here, so that might be coming out soon :)
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Dolithiiel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Love it! I also have some weird thing for Curufin!
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Lol thank you :D
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MuttMix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet!
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Nairalin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work! And I love how you didn't draw Celegorm with blond hair but with silver hair!It is logical comprehensible then the blond hair.
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nairalin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!
I love this SO MUCH!!! *___* All the designs and the faces and everything! Baby Tyelpe is definitely one of my favourites, and I love how Galadriel and Caranthir look about as bored as the other. And Feanor's EXPRESSION. And I love the lady-dresses, they are both amazing. AND you had to make Maedhros sit so he wasn't taller than everyone, right? XD
Wonderful art, I am eagerly awaiting more!
PS: The head-chart you drew... I made a similar thing with the whole house of Finwe. It is sadly still unfinished because it was so much work. XD
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Haha thank yooou :D I tried my best to get all of the dynamics in this, so it's chock-full of interesting interactions. I draw women so infrequently now that I don't even have a headcanon for their outfits!! (this is sad) - which is why they're wearing very different dresses from off of the top of my head. Maedhros is actually slouched and leaning backward, too, so yes. If I really really wanted to be careful with proportions in this though I would have made him much bigger before I inked it, whoops ;P
A chart where you drew everyone? I'd love to see one of those! There are only a couple on dA right now.

(Thank you for reblogging it! It's always a healthy shock to see my own stuff on tumblr so it was really awesome to have that greet me XD)
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Haha, ohh, it shows! Maglor looks mainly friendly, while Turgon is so obviously grumpy that Fingon is openly (?)flirting with Maedhros.. and Fingolfin seems to be in the 'I will try to be charming maybe he won't insult me today'-mood... XD It's super adorable, all of it, really!
Well, I can so see Aredhel wearing short dresses because she loves to hunt, so she'd not be very flamboyant. Galadriel is more of an elegant one.
Hahaha, I bet Nelyo is used to making himself look small as to not give everyone else a complex. (In my head he will always be the tallest.)
Yeah, well, it's over 40 people (including everyone down to Elladan, Elrohir and Arwen), so I kind of got fed up after a while (and my hand hurt horribly). XD But I want to finish it sometime, because I need a reference chart for writing anyway (who has what hair, what nose, what eyebrows...)

(Haha, you are welcome, I love your art! I follow you on tumblr now, I hadn't realized you were there. *fail*)
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Haha yes! Fingon is definitely closer to Nelyo than many of his relatives would perhaps wish him to be (like he gives two fucks XD)! I always picture YT-era Fingolfin as one of those happy uncles that likes to give hugs to everyone, so when Feanor rejects him he covers it with a smile even though he's pretty much crushed about it. The few times Feanor actually acts brotherly or content around him, he's just so brilliantly happy about it!
Yes, exactly! Galadriel is very stately and much more a court lady than Aredhel, who's been running around in the mud with her cousins from day one.
I can get with that :D I always picture YT-era Nelyo as very kind and helpful; always at ease and not minding kids climbing over him, etc. Very good at diffusing arguments among his father and uncles XD
Ugh yeah I counted; I've already drawn 34 in these portraits (20 in this one alone), and I still haven't drawn Finwe's daughters, lovers like Amarie and Andreth, or anyone past the fourth generation (haha not going there no way). too manyyyy. And even with these, they're not entirely accurate to my headcanon because I don't have one for many of them and so am making it up off of the top of my head with a bit of reference; if I actually start drawing more of them in normal pictures I don't doubt that their appearances and clothing would change very quickly. (I already got a complaint about Angrod and Aegnor and I think they're right; if I'd given real thought to their appearances I would have made their hair (at the very least) more interesting. They look like twins in this! I was just so exhausted by the time I got to them.)

:D sorry i wrote you an essay lol
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Hahaha, no problem at all! :D I love essays. XD Especially when they're about the Silmarillion!

Fingon gives no fucks. He is too busy looking at Nelyo's well-shaped... face. XD
Yes, exactly! But when Feanor has a good day he must contain himself otherwise he might just hug him breathless. XDDD Cuties!
Lol, Aredhel is such a wild one! <3 I really love her dress design!
We have the same impression about Nelyo then! XD To me he seems like an immensely patient, kind person who loves kids. (including brothers and cousins) I can also see Feanor sending Nelyo to do the courtly things, so he doesn't have to deal with Fingolfin and doesn't have to leave the forge.
Hahaha, ohh yeah... the Giant House of Finwe. XD There are just too many people. I totally understand that! Every character needs their own design and their own hairstyle, and all of that considering how their personalities fit... I can imagine that to be very exhausting. (This is also the reason I have yet to get more than two people one one picture.. XD)
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Houkakyou Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh def :D

phhhhthbt oh my god ahahahahaa *dead* keep trying, fingon, maybe one day we'll believe you!

Ah, all of this delicious headcanon~ but yeah, exhausting indeed. Maybe one day I'll draw everyone else...
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Fingon tries. He tries so hard that he is actually not trying at all. XDD (Also, nobody can really blame him because it's NELYO and who doesn't want to stare at him? XD)

Yeah, on the one hand it would be nice... on the other, OH the effort!
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