Time again, with a very casual mention of something I’m working on…..🧡
In-between other projects and life demands, I have been intensely taken by some Tolkien inspiration – namely, the fact that in his early drafts of the tale of Beren and Lúthien, he referred to the kind of Elves (not men) that Beren came from as Gnomes.
What he meant in using the term was to indicate a thirst for knowledge, so as more people misunderstood that and assumed he meant something like Garden Gnomes, he chose to drop it and call them the Noldor instead.
Here I am.
In this day and age.
To reclaim this idea – to wonder about and construct a reality of Middle-earth that included Gnomes, as we know them!
“Gnomish Noldor of Middle-earth,” or G.N.o.M.E.,will explore the history of the Noldor from their birth as Elves and transformation into Gnomes, to their fall from the Valar’s grace (thaaaaaanks Morgoth and Fëanor) as well as their journey back into Middle-earth, their nature afterwards and the bloodlines impacted.
I’ve had this idea for a while, ever since I got a copy of “Beren & Lúthien” years ago (and drew about it once before), but it’s only started coming together (seriously, like a calling) these past couple of months. Gnomevember is coming up soon (💚) so I am hoping to do a lot of drawing work toward it as part of this month’s challenge, but I don’t want to force or rush it, so we’ll see.
Still, consider this a soft-launch announcement of my work on the project, and I hope you look forward to it as much as I’m enjoying this exploration!
Belatedly, but counting now for Sunday Gnomedays too – Day 30!! Dianthus flowers – the flower of the Gods, symbolizing fascination, distinction and love.
I feel like she’s both offering her hand to us, inviting us to recognize our own inner divinity, AND asking that from us as an offering. And what finer offering can we give the Gods or the fae than that? 💗
By the way: challenge COMPLETE!! 🙌💕 Hope you all enjoyed my submissions – later this month, they will be available all together, properly scanned and arranged in booklet form.
Congrats to all that completed the challenge!! See you next year!
(Including Sunday Gnomedays on day 10, of course!)
Day 10, Hades – Sunday Gnomedays 11-10-19
Hades – Aidoneus – the Unseen One. With His invisibility helmet, the asphodel of the fields of (part of) the Underworld, and His trusted guardian Cerberus of course! Couldn’t resist making him a floofy Irish wolfhound and based on the Cu Sith of Scottish Faerie lore. That just felt rather fitting.
Day 11, King Trumpet Mushroom
Something about the shape of these makes me feel calmly happy, soooooo we get a dancey Gnome equally pleased about them!
Day 12, Pansies
…not much to say on that, other than yay for more soothing floral art!
(And also pre-Sunday Gnomedays since that will likely be late, see below.)
As noted above, today’s drawing will be up later due to scheduling conflicts vs. art time Please check out my Instagram stories to see some WIP shots, if you want! Those will likely be up this evening, after 8pm or so.
Thanks for your patience, hope you’re enjoying my entries so far!
Dahlia flowers – featuring the tragic Queen Arella from “Tock the Gnome” backstory (and the shadow of her tragic love behind her. Had to sneak a badger into this challenge somehow 👍).
Also, apologies for this one being a little blurry, the space I was in had a light that flickered very slightly and I didn’t realize it had impacted the picture until it was too late! This piece will be properly scanned (like all the others for this month) and put with clarity into a book together once they’re all done.