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Narn i Chîn Húrin~ “Tale of the Children of Húrin”

This has been my favorite story since it destroyed my 12-year-old soul eight years ago.
Recently, I reread it—and it’s no less affecting.

So I’ve decided to take on a concept art mini-project illustrating it and pretending it’s a movie. :dummy:

Tolkien’s writings of the first age leave a lot of room for interpretation with most secondary and minor characters, so this is simply my take on them. Turin, his best buddy, and his little sis have more complete concepts than the others, since they were done first.
I don’t know if or when I’ll get around to the rest of the project, but I would love to be able to have a nice set of example works from it. :)


Characters © J. R. R. Tolkien.
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norisis Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I've admired this character sheet so many times--I love how everyone looks, especially Turin & Nienor (phew, Turin is hot! haha!), Glaurung (perfectly monstrous & sinister) & Hurin--okay, no, yeah, everyone. XD (I love that you included Nellas... she's adorable here!) 

But what gets me particularly are Turin & Nienor in the last row. Nienor especially--can't just imagine that's her upon regaining her memories --"twice-beloved"-- gets me every time. I was going to say I imagine that's Turin after he finds out, too, but it could just as easily be him after realising he killed Beleg! Ack! And him in the second row just before he slays Brandir. Your depictions of their anguish is so painfully real and evocative. 
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Khialat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
All the characters are done wonderfully! I like the cunning, malicious look you gave Glaurung, and the images of Turin and Nienor at the end are so sad :sad:  
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amlugwen Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
great <3

um, I've stumbled about this at least 3 times since (a long time ago) when I first fell into Lotr/Sil and such...
any chance you have some more of this? ^_____^? *puppy-dog-eyes*
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like you've got the feel of those characters and their story quite right here.  Amidst all the stories tied into Tolkein's Silmarillion, this was the most tragic in its outcome.
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elontirien Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Agreed!  It's sad, start to finish.  :(
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FaresG Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Artist
I feel the same as you do. I love Tolkien, I love all the books (Children of Hurin close fav), I love the films and I LOVE CONCEPT ART! it gives people a lot of opportunities to create what these characters would look like in different minds....if only there was a game for this, like a skyrim play thing....oh well I can dream ;(. keep up the great work! Love your drawings. :)    
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Ooohh man if there was a game haha.  Hopefully someday!  
And thanks! :)
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bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Writer
looks like something from a don bluth movie.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Saeros really looks like the bastardly asshole he is.
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Wow, this is great and very well done... Your image of these characters is so close to the one I have in mind! I just hope that some day you will draw other characters from the book, too, Finduilas, Brandir or Orodreth...
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n924 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Awesome Glaurung trollface:trollface:
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patientwords Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Please please draw Melkor and Mairon/Sauron. PLEASE. Holy shit. Also Fëanor. Plzzzzz
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SpencerBingham Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! They're all looking pretty fantastic, but I think Hurin's my absolute favorite. That...that's pretty much exactly how I picture him. :(
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kinghuffy2 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Quite intimidating, though Glaurung does look like a Dragon version of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It's really tough for wingless dragons to stay in shape.
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kinghuffy2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
You're right...

Morgoth: Let me introduce to you my most powerful servant of all...Glaurung the Golden.

Glaurung: First things, first! Where's your shitter? I got a turtle head poking out.
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Writer
I love this so much. Your version of Túrin looks exactly how I imagined him.
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I love how scary Glaurung lloks. Whenever I draw dragons they look way to adorable.
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volnaib Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Oh, Saeros' FACE! Precious!
And Glaurung. And Hurin. Ahhh.
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igorvet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Awesome characters!
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voidrider20 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Niniel and Hurin look so much like how I imagined them when I read the book, it's scary! Also, excellent touch adding Morgoth's hand guiding Hurin's sight towards the regrettable events. Instant favorite. :aww:
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thanks! Morgoth is a scary guy. ^^;
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:icongeekoftheworld:
Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm actually starting to try to work on making the Narn into a a movie. This really inspired me:)
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Wow! Really? That's so awesome. What kind of movie? An animation?
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:icongeekoftheworld:
Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Not sure yet, it is just an idea at the moment.
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this so much! I just finished reading "The childrenof Hurin" so dang sad. I love Beleg, and Turin and everything. Yeah...I really like this :)
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elontirien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Arrrgghh it's such a great story! I love them too. :XD:
And thanks!
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I know, it was so sad. I've actually read the legend it was part;y based on.
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
It was based on another story? I'm ashamed that I've never heard of this. What's the legend?
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:icongeekoftheworld:
Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
It is inspired by The legend of Kulevro (That is not spelled correctly) From the finnish epic "The Kalevala"
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Good god, this rocks!!! It would make an amazing movie
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kellanrenee Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
is this all from a book? its awesome btw! i love your style of drawing!
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thanks! Yes, it's from a story in Tolkien's Silmarillion Terribly sad, but great.
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kellanrenee Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
i'll have to check it out! (:
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nenadradojcic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Design of the characters is just great! But I see one guy is missing, very important character in the book. ;)
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Thanks! ....Hmm...are you referring to Morgoth? haha.
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nenadradojcic Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeap! :D
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This is amazing work, and it broke my heart as well. There are no happy endings in this tale, for anyone...
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing work! Turin and Saeros are particularily well-drawn:D And that's a scary evil Glaurung;)
Well done!
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Thanks! :)
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jayden444 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
this is really awesome
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Really amazing stuff!!!!
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UncleAubergine Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Amazing! Each of the character in your illustration can make me recall the story:)
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Thanks! Glad to hear they're effective. :)
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:iconavi17:
avi17 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
These are absolutely fantastic- probably my favorite illustrations of this story I've seen. I love how expressive they are, in their bodies and faces- Saeros is PERFECT, and I love your Turin and Nienor's range of expressions. :D Great job!
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thank you! :)
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:iconavi17:
avi17 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
AWESOME STUFF!!!!!!
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princess1004 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Hey.. how do you learn to draw that dragon looking monster?
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:iconelontirien:
elontirien Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Mmm... I just looked at a bunch of different relevant things. Like mostly alligators for this, I think. lol
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