Farewell, sweet earth and northern sky

‘Farewell sweet earth and northern sky,

for ever blest, since here did lie,

and here with lissom limbs did run,

beneath the moon, beneath the sun,

Lúthien Tinúviel

more fair than mortal tongue can tell.

Though all to ruin fell the world,

and were dissolved and backward hurled

unmade into the old abyss,

yet were its making good, for this—

the dawn, the dusk, the earth, the sea—

that Lúthien on a time should be.’

I’m completely submerged in exam papers; this is the only thing worth showing from a few pitiful, hastily scribbled scraps in my sketchbook. For all that, I feel it’s well worth showing.

Beren has acquired a beard. Oh the outrage. Blame Viggo, and Robb and Jon from HBO’s Game of Thrones. But at least Beren is fully entitled to all this scruffy glory, whereas Aragorn is Númenorean and Robb and Jon and fourteen. So there.

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11 thoughts on “Farewell, sweet earth and northern sky

  1. Mir wollen nur Argumente für einen Bart in Berens Gesicht einfallen, kein einziger dagegen…
    Er war ein Mensch, ohne Elbenblut oder sonst was, damit müsste ihm natürlich gesehen einer wachsen und dann hatte er die meiste Zeit keinerlei Gelegenheit sich zu rasieren… (alleine in der Wildnis dürften seine Prioritäten eher aufs Überleben gesetzt sein…)

    Ähm… ‘tscguldigung… aber dein Beren gefällt mir wirklich… dieser… ach wie kann ich den Blick beschreiben… und dann auch die Details wie die abgenutzte Kleidung…

  2. Well done. I like to portrait my Tolkien human male characters with beard – especially Húrin and Túrin – for to make a real visible difference to those poofy elves ;)
    Anyway, Beren wears here more a fluff than a proper bushy beard. Mine is too, by the way :D

  3. Haha, the Numenorean beard debate :D
    I like the scruff. On an unrelated note: I always wondered how much it sucked to shave before the modern razor. Very impractical…
    Beautiful drawing! Your work always makes me want to spend the day in one of Tolkien’s books instead of working.

  4. Ah, a Tolkien poem I haven’t yet encountered! Or at least one I don’t remember; considering my memory, that may not be saying much. Nonetheless, thanks for the poem and the sketch — both are beautiful, and welcome after a long work day (well, anytime, really, but especially now).

  5. Sorry, but I don’t get why Aragorn shouldn’t have a beard, or a stubble. Yeah, he’s of Númenorean descent, but the blood of Númenor had dwindled over the centuries.

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