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Luthien Before the Throne by neffinesse Luthien Before the Throne by neffinesse
She let her flying raiment sweep,
enmeshed with woven spells of sleep,
as round the dark void she ranged and reeled.
From wall to wall she turned and wheeled
in dance such as never Elf nor fay
before devised, nor since that day;
than swallow swifter, than flittermouse
in dying light round darkened house
more silken-soft, more strange and fair
than sylphine maidens of the Air
whose wings in Varda's heavenly hall
in rhythmic movement beat and fall.

--The Lay of Leithian, J.R.R. Tolkien

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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Wonderfully done! :)
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful :heart:
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Eithel-of-Tirion Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Well, this is one of my favorite representation of this scene :D Bravo !
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Britta-Bear Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say, this is my favorite Luthien artwork ever!! Thank you so much for making this!!! 
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betapleatedsheet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
As both a Tolkein nerd and dancer, this is perfect. Also, did you reference and pictures of Russian/Vagonova trained dancers? She has Vagonova hands!
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february32nd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
neat
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! I love the Luthien's etheral quality!

GOD bless
John 3:16
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TenderTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Photographer
So beautiful :)
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britterly Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Writer
Lovely! :)
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
This is just lovely!!!
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WARORK Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I like everything about this picture, its all thematically accurate in that the only light that can be seen in Angband is either coming from Luthien who is good or the Silmarils which are also good but which are placed upon Morgoth's head who is in himself darkness, both physical and physical...

A wonderful concept to be sure :D
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ChrisoneKrux Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Gorgeous <3
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RilwenShadowflame Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Wow, this is gorgeous. Luthien stands out so strikingly against such a dark background.
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talktob3cks Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
This is stunning. I love your use of light. Luthien's dance looks so fluid.
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Jezerrit Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Wow!!! it's really cool *__*
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
nice
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avi17 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
This is really beautiful. I love the contrast between the magical shine Lúthien has about her, to the dark shapelessness of Morgoth.
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PeanutbutterJelle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Morgoth looks cool! :D
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GreyDrake Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Agreed, this is gorgeous. You really captured the mood of the scene.
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LadyJet2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! i love how you drew and painted Morgoth. both formless and physical. :D and Luthien is just so beautiful ^^
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