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Silmarillion compilation 2 by Gerwell Silmarillion compilation 2 by Gerwell
Mostly Sauron haha.

I drew the main forms he takes in the book; from left to right: Númenor, Gorthaur, Dark Lord (post Númenor), Annatar and Mairon.

Two scenes: The first time he puts the master ring on his finger and Númenor drowning. The two (random) portraits are Lúthien and Beleg. :p

All of them © J.R.R Tolkien
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:iconjeantinehobbit:
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Excellent depiction of He-Who-Barely-Appears-In-Person-In-The-Books-Named-After-Him. There, something to match those swords of his! :D Your Luthien is Gorgeous! I'm only at chapter 3 of Quenta Silmarillion though. :P
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Midnightwolfhowl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist
While I've never read The Silmarillion, I do plan to though, I love your designs of Sauron. :)
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Adorianu666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
After Numenor Sauron lost his beautiful form,and your "Dark Lord (post Númenor)" looks like others.He probably looked similar to the Peter Jackson vision of Sauron.But yeah good arts :).
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lilithlo Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Amazing paintings! Sauron looks even better as I imagined him while reading the book! 
<3
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doctor-hue Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of his outfits and forms, its very interesting. I especially love how genuinely shocked Sauron looks during the Drown of Numenor, lol. X3
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Two small objections: Sauron lost his fair bodily ..form in the drowning of Numenor, and afterwards was only a spirit of evil, still with all of his evil, but deprived of a body. Secondly, the drowning of Numenor takes place many thousands of years after the loss of the silmarils, which happened in the First Age.(The Silmarillion) The Fall of Numenor is close to the end of the Second Age.(the Akallabeth) 
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Gerwell Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Sauron loses his body but is able to recreate one everytime he is destroyed, until the ring is melted. He's not just a spirit. And I don't get your second point....?
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yavuzkoroglu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
All of your paintings are excellent! There is however a slight mistake, at the Númenor drowning, Sauron could not possibly be wearing the ring, since he left the ring in Middle Earth. This is deep lore so not really important. Great work!
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Gerwell Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
This is true and wrong lol, it is indeed said in the Silmarillion that after returning to Mordor Sauron took up his ring again, but in a letter he says Sauron actually had the ring in Numenor and used it to corrupt its people.
My pic is wrong for another reason though; when Numenor was drowned, Sauron was on his seat in the temple, laughing at what was going to happen to Ar Pharazon and his army, and apparenly taken by surprise by the wave lol.
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helena-markos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I especially like the emotion in that scene, even if it is not wholly accurate to events.  
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Superdebus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Oh my word! The fall of Numenor! It's perfect! I'd adore a basic tutorial step by step on how you sketch up roughs of bodies and faces. I'm a learning artist and your work is simply gorgeous.
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fernwhen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
I very much like your version of Luthien.Love 
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:iconcyrusma:
Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
absolutely beautiful ! my prefer picture this is : Sauron to contemplate his Ring ! good job !
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:icongallifreyman:
Gallifreyman Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I..I cannot put into words how much I love the Numenor scene. The look of pure "OH S-" on Sauron's face is epic, and the people bowing and begging around him is brilliant. Everything else is exceptional, but that one scene stood out above the pack-it's legendary.
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ThornsOfTheBook Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very good :D 
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:iconwillheimus:
Willheimus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok that's good
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TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The scene of him in Numenor is absolutely stunning.  The look of shock on his face, and the Numenorean man next to him, likely begging his "god" to help them, is quite striking.  
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TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're all wonderful, btw, just that the scene from Akallabeth was especially moving.
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Ladywoodelf2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
So epic! 
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ToaTepsak Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, every one of them!
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Lembas--Bread Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I looooooove the way you depicted Sauron in this!! Gorgeous work! (as usual)
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:iconelenai:
Elenai Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I love the last picture especially, it gives me shivers down my spine, though I've seen it a few times before
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VonTeese96 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Tolkien's books have been an inspiration for me since I was a little girl. They still amaze me after all this time. It is very special for me to see this works. So thank you!
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Gerwell Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Glad you like these, thanks! :)
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VonTeese96 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Your welcome. I'll see some more of your works ^^
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I think my favorite among these is the one in the lower right corner. Ever since my dad first told me the myth of Atlantis, I've always been fascinated with the concept of lands swallowed by the sea; there's something incredibly primordial and fundamental about it - and to imagine what's going on in the mind of even someone as powerful as Sauron in that moment, when the world literally collapses. Sheeet.
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Niphredill Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Dear gods, this is GORGEOUS...and so detailed...and...and...I can't stop looking at it.
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
The Drowning of Numenor - The look on Sauron's face - He's like "Shit. I did not see that coming."
Priceless
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really, really like the scene of the drowning of Numenor. Very dramatic.
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FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
This spectrum of Sauron's forms is so epic, sheer bliss to behold <3 It's generally real fun how different people see Sauron differently - how Phobs' Sauron is on the effeminate side, yours just the right levels of manly while our version is super manly XDDD The most fun part is that he can be all that, being a shapeshifter Maia and all! <3333 I'm so happy you're contributing to the Silmarillion fandom, you make the world more beautiful, thank you! <333
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beautyfull-lie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
His eyes burning and the ring glowing on the snow are awesome!
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Nahar-Doa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
well done sir! You have a wonderful gift! :)
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mattapollo2014 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
No the ring was with sauron at the fall of numenor after his death his spirit was strong enough to take the ring back to mordor but he was never able to take another form outside of the dark lord form
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:icongerwell:
Gerwell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You missed the "reply" button on the comment of this person. :) And welcome to deviantart!
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Aishavin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Love, but I think that the one ring was made after the fall of Númenor...
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:icongerwell:
Gerwell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I'll copy/paste what someone wanted to answer you (they missed the "reply" button); "No the ring was with sauron at the fall of numenor after his death his spirit was strong enough to take the ring back to mordor but he was never able to take another form outside of the dark lord form"

Actually Sauron used the ring to bend most of Numenor people to his will.
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Aishavin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Sorry my bad, long time since last I read it...
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Uruno-Morlith Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! I think you are perfectly conveys the image of Sauron)
What an amazing blond) it reminds me of Loki in the performance of Tom Hidllston.
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denDAY04 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I absolutely love your version of Sauron. :D
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nolwen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Amazing. Now I am very much inspired to do my own Silmarillion fan art.
I hope you will do some more as well.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This is so cool.
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RivkaZ Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Unnnggggh these are so perfect and beautiful! I love your interpretation of Sauron's various incarnations so, so, so much. And these color pallets! Sigh! :heart:
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:iconelenai:
Elenai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I love the scene of Númenor drowning the most :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done! Wonderful portrayal.
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:icongerwell:
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thanks!
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Gwailome Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
The drowining of Numenor is the best!
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:icongerwell:
Gerwell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thanks! :)
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
The picture of Numenor drowning is especially brilliant.
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Gerwell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thanks!
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
You're welcome :)
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