The Last Alliance

Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing;
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven’s field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.

The Last Alliance. Watercolour on Clairefontaine Etival cold-pressed paper, just under A3 size.

Ever since painting my last “Gil-galad”, I felt I’d given him short shrift. standing there all alone in a blue field and not doing anything but looking mournful. I’ve been wanting to do exactly this piece for two years, with the low angle looking up, but I was afraid to tackle it. I’m so glad I finally had the nerve!

Prints available! Original for sale – contact me if you’re interested!

If you’re puzzled, or sad, or furious about his hair colour, please read this.

I’m a little tired of hair colour debates.


6 thoughts on “The Last Alliance

  1. Yay, an Arafinwëan Gil-galad! And what a heroic pose. No wonder you found the angle daunting, but it’s also super effective.
    And yet… instead of admiring your glorious Gil-galad, my gaze keeps being drawn to the extremely fine Elendil (or is it Isildur?) at the back.
    Happy New Year!


  2. I have no strong feelings either way on Gil-galad’s hair colour and I really enjoyed reading the linked wiki article, but couldn’t see anything about his hair there… Is it inferred due to the adjusted parentage mentioned? Again, only asking because I want to know more Tolkieny things :)

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