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The shaming of Saeros by ralphdamiani The shaming of Saeros by ralphdamiani
"Saeros, there is a long race before you, and clothes will be a hindrance; hair must suffice" (p. 89, The Children of Hurin)
Túrin Turambar and Saeros, based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

'In the morning Turin was on his way back to Beleg and the north when Saeros attacked him unawares with sword and shield. A swift fight occurred with Turin breaking the shield and wounding Saeros' sword arm. Stripping him naked, Turin chased him through the woods at sword point. Saeros' screams brought many onlookers including Mablung. Many deemed the shaming of an Elf without judgment to be an evil deed from the pits of Angband' - (Tolkien in an year blog)
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TygrisLily Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
don't fail in ambush, won't have to run bare thru the bushes.

well done :)
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Aida-v Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Картината е красива,but clothes Saeros must be scattered around.He was wearing when attacked Turin.The rest is great. FAV! :D
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good call, but I think they'd be too distracting. In composition, sometimes less is more. :) Thanks!
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Kalevalarillion Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Ah! One of my favorite of all tales, although short, it said so much of Turin's character!
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Vinyamare Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! I love the way you painted Túrin's clothes.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, they're meant to contrast Saeros' nakedness. :) Glad it worked!
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has got to be the best rendition of this scene I've seen so far. Wonderful work, from the poses to Saeros' expression to the details of the helmet (guh, those dwarves knew how to craft gorgeous armour!) the palette and... well, everything really. And if this sounds like I'm gushing - yep, I definitely am.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much milady! :D
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ebe-kastein Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your colours on this work (this is the first one by you I happened to come upon); as to one of your 'geeky' replies, I wish there were more people out there, producing such lovely art and being so pleasantly educated in all matters that have to do with Tolkien's works.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why, thank you very much for your visit and lovely comments. Greetings to Estonia!
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ebe-kastein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome, every compliment is well-deserved in your case. Keep up the great work!
I can see you were curious enough to check my background. ;-)
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Aileanjeune Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the armor style of the elf. His bow is nicely detailed as well.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! He's actually human and the helmet is dwarven. But I suppose he would wear some elvish garments and weaponry. And that's probably the geekiest reply I ever wrote. ;D
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Aileanjeune Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh well dang. That's my bad not yours for not recognizing that. I've sadly fallen away from LOTR lore lately.
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lucianepeixoto Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Muito bacana!!! Ficou muito bom o trabalho com uma palheta de cores reduzida!
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Obrigado, dica de quem sabe. ;)
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HazelFibonacci Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Saeros' expression is perfect.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A very well done work that is just perfect to ilustrate the moment of the story, I love it!
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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MariaB9 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome.
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. :clap:
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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rfcunha Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   General Artist
This scene!!! Wow, just amazing! I am really happy to see those wonderful excerpts of those stories, painted like that. Amazing, amazing!
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that's very encouraging. :)
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Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Evil deed maybe, but Saeros was the one who attacked first, so neither are really innocent. :) One attacked him unawares after mocking him before and the other took justice to his own hands, and it didn't end too well.
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's never quite clear if Turin's rage, pride and lack of foresight come entirely from his personality or are a taint from Morgoth's curse on Hurin. He repeatedly makes the wrong decisions and isolates himself from the people could otherwise have protected him, adding up to the whole tragedy.
That's consistent with Tolkien's themes of good against evil. Good forgives and protects, evil tortures and punishes; Turin's evil may have been justified by Saeros' provocations or perhaps by the curse on Hurin, but it was evil and life-changing nonetheless. :)
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LotROLaurelin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though this is an old post (as well as the fine illustration) I wish to comment on this part.

Túrin had no intent to kill Saeros; he just wanted to humiliate him thoroughly (and one could say that the proud and haughty Elf had earn that for his ongoing taunting that Turin endured for long and returned ill words with silence which also displeased Saeros).

Concerning the chase, Turin had in mind to release Saeros just before he attempted the leap.

Also: 'Hold, hold Turin!' he [Mablung] cried. 'this is Orc-work in the woods! 'Orc-work there was; this is only Orc-play,' Turin called back.

The assault from behind by Saeros was Orc-work and the chase was Orc-play. There is a difference.

And when Saeros ended in the stream after he failed on his footing on the far side, Turins' thoughts were: 'Unhappy fool! From here I would have let him walk back to Menegroth. Now he has laid a guilt upon me underserved.'

Turin made many ill-choices but he was not evil at heart.
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Intean Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
It is so amazing!
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ralphdamiani Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm still fussing around with the colors. It's difficult to do the Silmarillion any justice. ;D
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