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The Silmarillion: The Aratar by wolfanita The Silmarillion: The Aratar by wolfanita

The Aratar are the highest of the Valar, the gods of Middle Earth.

Melkor’s been naughty and is no longer counted to them, but I drew him anyway.
I did draw them all more 'casual'; without armour or wheapons and not dressed up in all their (fearsome) majesty.

A short and easy Who is Who:

He was the first and most powerful, but grew a bit too individualistic and ambitious; in the end he became the enemy of the other Valar, was named Morgoth (meaning as much as ‘foe of the world’) and can be held more or less responsible for anything bad ever happened to anybody in Middle Earth.

Manwe: Melkor’s brother (in the Valar way of kinship), Lord of the air, winds and birds, king of the Valar. Manwe doesn’t understand the nature of evil, which might explain why Melkor got away with so many things.

Varda: Lady of Light and stars, Manwe’s wife, queen of the Valar, most feared by Melkor (she rebuffed him) and most loved by the elves who call her Elbereth.

Ulmo: Lord of the sea, who had a soft spot for the mortal world and liked to wander there (or swim), in a form that appeared quite fearful to non-godly eyes.

Aule: Lord of crafting and substances, godly smith and creator of the dwarves who call him Mahal. In his creativity he is similar to Melkor, which might explain why he employed two guys who were later known as Sauron and Saruman.

Yavanna: Lady of plants, giver of fruits, wife of Aule. Because she was afraid that the inhabitants of Middle Earth would destroy nature, the Ents were created.

Orome: Huntsman of the Valar, he likes to hunt in the woods on his white steed Nahar and slay monsters on the way; at one of these occasions he discovered the first new born elves. He’s very popular among the people of Rohan.

Nienna: Lady of mercy, grief and mourning, she taught a lot about pity and wisdom to somebody later known as Gandalf.

Mandos: Also known as Namo, ruler of the dead and judge of the Valar, brother of Nienna. He’s said to be quite grim, which might be no big surprise considering he (almost) knew everything yet to come.

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Myrethy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great, you just made me want to read the Silmarillion. Have courage my faint heart... xD just kidding, these guys are awesome!
wolfanita Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! :D
Arlesienne Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
"One hunk to screw them all..." - oops, sorry. I can't help it: Morgoth is simply a hunk. Your fault :mwahaha:!
wolfanita Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   General Artist
You'll be happy to hear then that I have quite some gags with him in mind. ;)
taroschain Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
...and now I'm going to have to reread the book just so I can use these character designs in my head. Oh the horror! XD
wolfanita Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   General Artist
Hehe! Not sure if this will be an improvement or not...;)
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That Ulmo. Oh, oooh, my word. Every character is so verey well drawn, but Ulmo, always my favourite anyway, is beautiful.
wolfanita Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! :D
(And he's still single...;))
Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*blushing profusely* Oh, my, such a suggestion! ...I doubt I'd be able to be very coherent were he ever to show up. I'm too much in awe and admiration and, ah, well, he's rather ahem eh, nice to look at too... yes. I keep blushing, you know. I blame you for putting that thought into my head! \^_^/
wolfanita Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   General Artist
It's nice to see that there are still some people left who still have the dignity to blush at all.
If you look at modern media, you get the feeling most people don't feel ashamed for anything anymore...;)
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