Creation of the Silmarils

Date: Aug. 5, 2002
Media: Pencil, watercolor ink, glitter ink
Comment: I love this picture and easily consider it among the best of my non-computer-graphic pictures. Based on a striking description in The Book of Lost Tales, Part I, the picture depicts Tolkien's early conception of how the Silmarils were made—although there is a bit of artistic license with the idea in the picture that the light of the Silmarils was kindled by a beam coming from Telperion. The book says that the light actually comes from the sap of the trees, but, as later conceptions indicate that the light came from the blossoms, this picture is technically a conglomerate of early and later Silmarillion versions.

Here is a computer-enhanced version of the original watercolor:

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