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(Art) Royal Houses of the Noldor

18th May 2012 (21:45)
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I believe there are a few Tolkien fans in my flist (well, I know there's at least one), so I thought I'd post this here. A family tree of the royal houses of the Noldor -- that's Fëanor, Galadriel, and that crowd --  from the 'Silmarillion', using chibi art. (courtesy of here.)

I was actually inspired to do this by getting confused over the hair colour of the different Elves, believe it or not ("Wait, which one of them is blond again?"), so this is a kind of recognition chart. Like they issued in the Second World War for enemy aircraft, except this one is for Eldar. See if you can work out the other identifying features I gave each Elf... (Explanation is under the cut)

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royal houses of the Noldor




The big version

Top row:
Miriel is carrying her knitting and looking utterly exhausted, poor thing. 
Finwë, king of the Noldor, is wearing his royal robe and crown.
Indis is, of course, a pouty blonde trophy wife.
Ingwë is carrying his harp.
Elwë is wearing a grey cloak, of course.
His brother Olwë carries a sextant.

Second row:
Fëanor has a cunning smile, and carries a craftsman's hammer. He is wearing the Silmarils.
Nerdanel - one of only four known Elvish redheads - is carrying a sculptor's tools and smiling cheerfully.
Findis has inherited her mother's pale blonde hair.
Fingolfin carries the sword Ringil with which he wounded Morgoth.
Anairë is an Elven women of whom nothing but her name is known.
Irimë is likewise barely mentioned in the stories.
Finarfin has his trademark golden hair. Like his brother, he wears colours that celebrate both his heritages.
Eärwen, the Swan-Maiden of Alqualondë, wears white with a nautical blue scarf.

First column: sons of Fëanor
Maedhros has his mother's red hair, and looks grumpy because his hand has been cut off.
Maglor smiles cheerily and carries his harp.
Celegorm is accompanied by his trusty hound, Huan.
Caranthir, swarthier than his brothers, looks annoyed.
Curufin has his father's eyes. His wife is unknown, but he has a son.
Amrod, a skilled hunter, carries his bow. He has his mother's red hair.
Amras is Amrod's twin brother, or was until his own father accidentally burned him to death.
Celebrimbor, maker of the Rings of Power, wears a blacksmith's apron and carries a hammer.

Second column: children of Fingolfin
Fingon carries the blue and silver banner he bore at the battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
Turgon is dressed in white and gold. He carries the sword Glamdring, which Gandalf would later wield.
Elenwë is warmly dressed for crossing the Arctic pack ice. She is a Vanya, and thus blonde.
Idril 'Silverfoot' goes barefoot, which she was famous for.
Aredhel, the White Lady of the Noldor, carries the bow she used for hunting.
Eöl the Dark Elf carries the black sword Angainor which he forged.
Maeglin is angry because his cousin Idril won't date him. He carries a miner's hammer.
Argon wears decorative rather than practical armour, and looks miserable because he was killed in the first battle the Noldor fought in Beleriand, and wasn't even named in the published 'Silmarillion'.

Third column: children of Finarfin
Finrod has his father's blond hair, and is all in gleaming silver because he's such a great hero.
Angrod. What can we say about Angrod? He didn't really do anything, and then he died.
Edhellos is just as generic as her husband.
Orodreth wears darker-coloured armour because Túrin Turambar was a bad influence on him.
Aegnor looks pretty much like his brother Angrod. He's keen-eyed.
Galadriel! We all know who Galadriel is. Yes, she's carrying a mirror, for reasons.
Celeborn has silver hair. I resisted the temptation to make reference to his Quenya name.





Comments

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 21:52 (UTC)

OK, this is awesome, even if Arwen didn't make it in.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 22:08 (UTC)

Thanks! I mentioned Arwen in a footnote, along with Lúthien and Eärendil and Gil-Galad, but I didn't have space to put everybody in there....

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 22:01 (UTC)
LEGOlas

Wonderful - I will most certainly need to put it in my memories for future reference!

I am off to pimp it...

Edited at 2012-05-18 22:06 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 22:09 (UTC)

Glad you liked it :)

Also, this is me groaning at your icon... :o

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 22:30 (UTC)
LEGOlas 2

Also, this is me groaning at your icon... :o

and that's not all.... although this one isn't quite as good!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:40 (UTC)

I think it's the fake 'LEGO' logo in the first one that does it for me. :)

Posted by: Shirebound (shirebound)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 22:23 (UTC)
I Love Middle-earth

How wonderful! Thanks to curiouswombat for the link.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:40 (UTC)

Thanks! :)

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 23:15 (UTC)

(Argon) wasn't even named in the published 'Silmarillion

However, there is a famous story about his eye...

:-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:43 (UTC)

I had to look that one up... but now I've learned something new. :)

Posted by: lindahoyland (lindahoyland)
Posted at: 18th May 2012 23:16 (UTC)

Just amazing!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:43 (UTC)

Thank you! :)

Posted by: engarian (engarian)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 01:27 (UTC)
Tolkien

This is absolutely wonderful and I loved the thought behind it as well as each character. How could you possibly make the genealogy of the Finwean families fun? But you did and you did it masterfully. I'm so glad that my friend Curious Wombat clued me into this!

- Erulisse (one L)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:44 (UTC)

Thanks!

I confess, I was starting to flag a little when I got to Finarfin's sons trying to think of something interesting to depict about them... :)

Posted by: engarian (engarian)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 12:58 (UTC)
The Lovers

Well, you did a stunning job.

- Erulisse (one L)

Posted by: Murielle (murielle)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 03:19 (UTC)

That is so cool! What a lot of work.

I think this may be the summer I actually read LOTR. (When I dig my "trilogy" out of my still packed boxes.) I read The Hobbit and got so attached to Bilbo I was outraged to discover that some little upstart named Frodo was the main character of LOTR. I was young, and easily disgruntled. ;-))

I love these so much, may I save to memories?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:47 (UTC)

Thanks! It was't work, it was fun. :) And yes, by all means save it.

Be careful if you do read LotR; it could start a lifelong obsession...! And Frodo's Uncle Bilbo does appear in the later book! ;)

Posted by: Murielle (murielle)
Posted at: 22nd May 2012 02:50 (UTC)

Thank you! I will save it. I started thinking it would be a cool thing to embroider.

I've seen the film trilogy and really loved it. But I haven't read the books... yet. ;-)

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 07:02 (UTC)

You're such a nerd! Loves it.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:48 (UTC)

Oi! :(



;)

Posted by: Kathyh (kathyh)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 08:16 (UTC)
Kathyh Aragorn sword

Here from curiouswombat's link and just wanted to say this is brilliant!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th May 2012 11:48 (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 21st May 2012 19:22 (UTC)

Awww, it's the Kawaii Silmarillion. (That's totally what it was supposed to be... "Quenta" was a mis-transcription.)

Earwen looks like all she needs is a Domo backpack and she's ready for school!

Celebrimbor looks like he has just "perceived the designs of Sauron" and is none too happy.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd May 2012 00:15 (UTC)
lassilantar

Somehow I can't see Tolkien devising an Elvish word that means 'cute and adorable'...

Eärwen is wearing a sailor suit. Japanese school uniforms are often based on sailor suits. Pure coincidence. :)

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 21st May 2012 20:12 (UTC)

Hope you don't mind, I've reblogged this to Tumblr so my daughter can study it (she's a bit nervous about Livejournal). She says you have too much time on your hands. She has no room to talk.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd May 2012 00:11 (UTC)

It's true. Going on LiveJournal will eat your soul. She's right to be afraid. *nods*.

:)

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