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Melkor, early concept by FoxInShadow Melkor, early concept by FoxInShadow
You know it had to happen one day, I just had to start working on my own interpretation of The Prime Dark Lord!

I decided this is not the final version what so ever, because I've always had many visions of Melkor, and I'm not gonna lie it is troublesome to me to imagine him properly

First of all, I'm striving to avoid the similarities with Sauron. I want Melkor to stand out. Let's not forget he was made in the beginning, before the world was made solvent, as the first Ainu created by Eru Iluvatar in the Timeless Halls, at the beginning of creation. So he must have been majestic and powerful at the beginning, before the Corruption and Void filled his thoughts.

This is of course the Angband period of his hegemony, with him carrying the three Silmarils in his crown.

I am a huge Tolkienfag, as always

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GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I like it!

It's interesting to read the "Book of Lost Tales." In it he was "Melko" and not as selfishly evil- he was outraged over the killing by Tulkas of his herald, and he and Ungoliant remained friends. Somehow, this image fits Melko better, since he looks not 100% evil.
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FoxInShadow Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey, thank you!

It's cool to see that you're still around :)
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DragonTurtle2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
I didn't know Morgoth was once called Melkor (or I just completely forgot about it, as well as ever knowing).  So when I read this, I got exasperated.  "Damn it, just how many degrees is Sauron removed from being the Big Bad!?"  I starting to lose respect for the guy.
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CheshC Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fun Fact: This is the 666th thing to show up in my watchbox. Well done.
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Keen-Blade Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Very nice, never seen any art of Melkor before.
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic, this rocks. Good job on this :iconnightmareplzz:
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ardashir Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Very well done, Melkor looks great. As I recall, wasn't he actually described by Tolkien at one point as being so big he looked like 'a mountain crowned in fire and darkness'?
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FoxInShadow Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Important part of being an Ainur, is that you can shapeshift. I know that description, but Melkor was also known for appearing as a "Dark Lord" and also several times as a cloud of black smoke.

Sauron was also capable of shapeshifting, and before he lost his ability to do so he could even appear as a man of great posture, serpent, a vampire, and a great wolf.
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ardashir Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thanks for the explanation; it's been years since I read the Silmarillion and I'd forgotten about the cloud of black smoke. I did remember Sauron turning into vampires and werewolves*, though, being the old school monster fan that I am.

* -- If I remember right he held a fortress on an island called 'Home of Werewolves' for a time until he met Beren and Luthien.
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Metty-Petty Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
aah, now I understand ...
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Fixap Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
NICE!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
awesome!
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, he docent look evil enough... course I suppose he is Melkor and not Morgoth at this point.
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meto30 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, the first Great Enemy, the one whom the Host of the Valar threw down and imprisoned beyond the Door of Night, bound by the Chain of Many Colours. I think you did a superb job of bringing him to life in this picture! :D
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DavionX Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
pretty
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M00N-CHASER Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"In the beginning he was named Melkor 'he who arises in might' but he has forfeited that name and the Noldor who suffered the most from his malice would not utter it naming him Morgoth, the dark power of the world. "
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Vennyr Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are one of my favorite artists! I love your style; every time you come out with a new picture I can't help but drool over the detail that you put into them.
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FoxInShadow Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Vennyr Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D

I think that your Eterna Malsato idea is great. Could you tell me more about it (I'm curious about and interested in the idea)? if you don't mind I mean.
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FoxInShadow Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Everything I could announce for now can be found here: eternamalsato.tumblr.com More will follow.

Think of it as a collaborative name for everything I lay my hands on: I do digital art, traditional, tattoos, stencil graffiti and so on. As well as collaborations with others. So I don't really know what future brings, but at least it has a cool name now ;)
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Vennyr Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm going follow it, and be on the look out for more, so i can get updates. I wish you the best in your endeavor! :D  
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Krazylec Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
FoxInShadow, you definitely are one talented artist.
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FoxInShadow Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Digital Artist
"Aspiring" is a better word ;)

But thank you, I'll keep pushing forward
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Krazylec Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Please do! I'll keep following you with every step you take forward.

Every. One.

Ever.
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Cybiline Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
your lord of the rings art is fantastic! positively pornographic in detail! keep it up!
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