The Elvenking

I’ve decided to do a series of smaller-scale paintings to sell on Etsy, and this is the first. Thranduil of Mirkwood, or, as The Hobbit calls him, The Elvenking.


Watercolour, 21×30 cm.

O̶r̶i̶g̶i̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶s̶a̶l̶e̶ SOLD! 

Prints available here!


Any good ideas for other characters to paint? I’d really love to do some more flowers… there’s still Blodeuwedd, but other “flowery” characters might be an idea too. Or anything else. Ideas?

24 thoughts on “The Elvenking

  1. Those golden shadows in the background are beautiful!

    Regarding your request of suggestions for possible future works, I immediately thought of a few characters, but none of them are “flowery”: Melian (obviously), Radagast, and Sauron before he was Sauron (either as Mairon or as Annatar).

    Apparently I am in a “ancient powerful beings” mode and I didn’t even realize.

  2. I love this portrait. I think it would be interesting to see a portrait of Legolas. That’d be rather leaves than fllowers but with the added challenge of capturing a family resemblance.
    Other than that: Galadriel Celeborn and Celebrian. That might also be rather treey that flowery but… With Galadriel it might b interesting to capture her development. From her youth to her life with Celeborn.
    As always great work…

      • God! This is great! :)) Simple pencil looks very bright and colorful! And do you scan your finished works or photograph?

          • Wow! It’s great! I am enthusiastic! :)
            You know, Jenny, you are my hero in any sense! I am a student of the Faculty of Art in Moscow, and I learning to be a teacher of fine arts. Working with children is interesting and time consuming. So I studied to be a teacher more than to be an artist. And then a couple of months ago I first saw your art works and it won my heart! My soul has always sought to beautiful lands of Middle-earth, and your drawings are able to transfer all my senses! It’s so magical! In addition, thanks to you, I returned to painting with watercolors and now aspire to know the magic of this colors. Thank you! You are my hero! ^__^

              • Yes, I understand that. It’s great – write to you here. And again – your works are fairyland! And most importantly, it gives a huge wave of inspiration and desire to improve themselves! :)

  3. Oh wow! I think this may be my new favorite of your works. The Elvenking has always fascinated me…this is stunning!
    I’d also love to see a non-Jackson rendering of Radagast. Goldberry would be lovely too. I’m wondering too if you have done much with the Rohirrim? Though not exactly flowery, I would love to see Eowyn and Faramir…Also, Prince Imrahil. He’s one of my favorites of Tolkien’s characters, but there doesn’t seem to be too much art relevant to the people of Dol Amroth.

  4. Veeery nice! I love that crown. (Well, and he’s a rather handsome fellow, isn’t he!)
    As for further “flowery” characters, Yavanna and Vána come to mind. Orome might also work. All the Hobbit ladies… and I’m definitely joining the demand for a more dignified, less batshit insane Radagast!

    ~ Qitian/Lyra

  5. This is PRECISELY how I always imagined Thranduil myself.
    Lee Pace’s character is great, but he’s just a bit too majestic to be the king of a Woodland realm. He’s so regal and haughty in the movie, I’d imagine him to be King Thingol himself.

    Anyway, this is a great portrait and I’m adding it to my Tolkien collection. =)

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