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Gondolin by Atriedes Gondolin by Atriedes
Watercolour on 300gsm hot pressed

My take on Tolkien's hidden city, REALLY big eagles and all.
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zorosen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the most beautiful rendition of Gondolin that i have seen so far. :D.
Amazing Work, simply amazing. 
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
you have a beautiful way with watercolor. this piece reminds me alot of tolkien's own illustrations, the way the mountains swoop up to those needle noses, and would I be right in guessing that the composition and pose of the front eagle was inspired in part by his painting of bilbo up in the eagles eyrie [link]? your a significant step or two ahead of tolkien though, as a painter. Masterful work.
starrskreem24 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, i'm reading the silmarillion right now and gondolin is my favorite city :)!!!!
ahsoka1984 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Those Eagles are awesome. Would be cool if they made the Silmarillion into a movie.
yinyuming Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It's really great!
tintinologistmimi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, beautiful + amazing!! O.o!! I really love how you focus on the eagles and showing the view of the city and the mountains!! <3
bengo-matus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, very nice. 90% of LOTR submits are like by childrend. But this is awesome.
colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very true to the descriptions of Gondolin that ive read, its a beautiful city indeed. amazing!
whos-the-lemon-now-4 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wooow!! beautiful!
Liluscious Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another what the heck?! This is fucking amazing!
TolkienOP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy s***, this sure is impressive! Gosh, so beautiful and detailed! I love this picture!
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really impressive :)
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dorieanna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Wonderful detail!
innuendo14 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
So great! Congrats!
DragoonArkoon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So beautiful.
Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Incredible picture! Very well done!
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
aire73 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh my gosh... that's amazing! Love the detail; the colors are really cool too. :heart: :+fav:
NonieR Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This is my favorite: The eagles, the mountains, the city.... Beautiful, and beautifully done!
VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is amazing o.o
Andreth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitively, the best depiction of the hidden city I have seen so far! :wow:
Nahar-Doa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Woah! İt is beautiful. :)Great work.
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Few have tackled Gondolin and done a decent presentation. Very beautiful piece. You should be proud.
LordJhredmo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Amazingly beautiful. My favourite city in all of the world of Arda. You do it great justice.

Thank you so much for this.
Agonis100 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Wow. I search for "Gondolin" here at Deviantart and I find some of the best fantasy city art period from various artists, yourself among them. A magnificent piece of art!!!
Vandulien Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*jealous* lol i couldnt do anything that good if my wildest dreams came true. excelent work
vampirictooth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
man...this absolutely awesome,how long did you make this?
Edusa-Emlony Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is absolutly incredibly fantasticly amazing!!! Really watercolour? I love those mountains, love those details like windows and feathers. And what really admirable is - your sence for light and shadows. I rarely see a painting, which effect so optimistic, bright, clear and fresh. Just really want be there to feel pleasantly cool breeze from the mountains.
Edusa-Emlony Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Eh, too much praise...I think I had never belauded something so much. Awful. But I can't find any mistake...And that's what makes me angry...
sackrilige Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I'm completely taken by your work! I would have to say you're my absolute favourite artist on dA at the moment. Just perfect!
dehydrated1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
You do some excellent renderings in watercolor.
Great work!
katzypotter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous. I wish I had your talent.
tifastrife7 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I always wondered what Gondolin looked like. Awesome!
Silinde-Ar-Feiniel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008   Digital Artist
Wonderful pic! So many details! The perspective is just amazing! :clap:
Anna52 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
This is very well done, it is strong and clear, the atmosphere and imagery it creates it outstanding, how long did it take you?
DrDeath153 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What i love about this piece is that it isnt simply an 'elven Minas Tirith' as Gondolin is frequently depicted as- this has that kind of organic angle. The way the buildings emerge out of the woods and are built out of the craggy shape of the hill evokes the same design ethics as the films interpretations of Rivendell and the Grey Havens. However the structures do seem rather too sci-fi for Middle-earth and a little too stark with their snow-white colouring (even though Tolkien describes Gondolin as being white i dont consider it particularly beautiful). Nevertheless, for one of the most original takes on this icon of Tolkien's imagination i am very impressed. And that's to say nothing of the immense skill with which it is executed.
Atriedes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
I have to agree with you about the sci-fi-eyness of the upper levels - it was the one bit i was never quite sure about and on reflection should have tried another approach; getting the "elfy" look, without giving in totally to Peter Jackson esthetics, is damn difficult. Actually its not the only bit I'm not sure about; the "pidgeon-eagle" at the back bugs the hell out of me as well - added at a fairly late stage to avoid painting more bloody trees - not a good move! Many thanks for the comment and constructive crit.
LadyElleth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning and beautiful. I love love love the giant eagles, and the elves to show their true scale - it suddenly becomes quite apparent just how the city stayed hidden for so long.

Gondolin itself - awesome. It doesn't look a thing like human architecture, but still so familiar that it fits well within the scope of Tolkien's tales.

And I don't think I really have to comment on the technique here. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece, it's almost like a real window into Middle-earth.
nyokirrr Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
That's a really fine painting (wow, the giant eagles), and that depicts very well Tolkien's Middle Earth.
maria-jaujou Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you do an amazing amount of detail... wow.
Elnauron Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good work! I like the additional vegetation within the city walls. The eagles are really well done too. Their size is exactly what I imagined.
Murrauddin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Very tolkienish. Really (especially the eagles)! And the Hidden City is so large, and full of houses - it is believable, not just some tower on a crag.
DaraGallery Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
The eagles are exquisit.
palantiriel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
this is amazing! I've rarely seen a painting look so real. I've never had Gondolin clearly in my imagination, but this helps, it's perfect :D
sovereign Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Just incredible, a beautiful rendition of the city!
nydwyngreendragon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
lost-mae Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I thought you abandoned DA for a while then, I'm in absolute awe with your works, it was such a delight to find this new deviation in my watch =D

This is close to how i imagined the hidden city =) stunning, stunning piece =)
Atriedes Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Many thanks - sorry it took so long to get something new posted; day job takes up too much time. Glad you like it. Hopefully (?) some more stuff coming soon (ish).
lost-mae Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
it's alright, life gets busy, just glad to see you're around =D
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Submitted on
October 4, 2007
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1.3 MB


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Shutter Speed
10/500 second
Focal Length
9 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 4, 2007, 11:07:46 PM