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RQoNaS Silmarien by shyangell RQoNaS Silmarien by shyangell
This is the first part of a new series:
"Ruling Queens of Nķmenor & SilmariŽn"
This is obviously SilmariŽn.

SilmariŽn was the daughter of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Nķmenor. From the days of Elros Tar-Minyatur and up until that moment the first-born child had always been also the first-born son, and the one to inherit the Kingship. Nonetheless, even if SilmariŽn was the first-born child of the King, she was also a female and thus not entitled to inherit. At that time, and following the model of the great Elven Kingdoms, the rule of the land was inherited via agnatic primogeniture (to be inherited by the first-born son, excluding all lines descended from females, unless male lines were completely extinguished). Because of this reason, SilmariŽn was passed over in favour of her brother Tar-Meneldur.
But it is said that she was Tar-Elendil's favourite child, or perhaps that is a legend, and it was truly because the Kings of NŮumenor of earlier days were far-sighted, but it is the case that Tar-Elendil did give the Ring of Barahir, a capital heirloom of the line of Elros, to SilmariŽn for her and her children to keep. She perhaps received too the sword Narsil then, but what is sure is that at the time of her marriage to Eradan they were made the first Lords of AdķniŽ, second only to the King in power. The line of the Lords of AdķniŽ would withstand the trials of time; they would become the leaders of the elendili (or elf-friends) and survive to see the Fall of Nķmenor. Then extinguished all royal lines, the descendants of SilmariŽn would become Kings in Middle ĖEarth in the Nķmenorean realms in exile: Elendil, and his sons Isildur and AnŠrion.

As you can see (I hope) she is wearing the Ring of Barahir. The future tree of Gondor is embossed in the pillar she rests upon, and the winged helmet is a foreshadowing of the future winged crown of Elendil.
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Elionu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
This reminds me a lot of the portraits of saints- especially the earlier ones. Without anybody who knows for sure what they looked like, artists used symbolism to identify the depicted person as that particular saint. And it seems to be the case here, and I applaud you for doing it so well!
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shyangell Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that was the idea. Middle Earth didn't strike me as the type of of place where you pose for a portrait. :XD:
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whitetree-nimloth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
This series is wonderful. I like how you thought out their attitudes and characteristics based on their history- it makes them all look alive, which is kind of hard in such limited (in format) portraits.
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shyangell Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!! But if they weren't recognizable by the attitude how'd anyone know it was them. You'd say "yeah, just another woman that YOU say is this character".
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