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Eru is the supreme being, God. Eru is transcendent, and completely outside of and beyond the world. He first created a group of angelic beings, called in Elvish the Ainur, and these holy spirits were co-actors in the creation of the universe through a holy music and chanting called the "Music of the Ainur", or Ainulindall in Elvish.
Eru alone can create independent life or reality by giving it the Flame Imperishable. All beings not created directly by Eru, (e.g. Dwarves, Ents, Eagles), still need to be accepted by Eru to become more than mere puppets of their creator. Melkor desired the Flame Imperishable and long sought for it in vain, but he could only twist that which had already been given life
Eru created alone the Elves and Men. This is why in The Silmarillion both races are called the Children of Illvatar. The race of the Dwarves was created by Aule, and given sapience by Eru. Animals and plants were fashioned by Yavanna during the Music of the Ainur after the themes set out by Eru. The Eagles of Manwe were created from the thought of Manwand Yavanna. Yavanna also created the Ents, who were given sapience by Eru. Melkor instilled some semblance of free will into his mockeries of Eru Illvatar's creations (Orcs and Trolls).

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Definitely one of your more interesting pieces.
It's certainly not your most colorful, but its the most interesting in that while it is based off another story... it feels like an original piece.
Nice line work.
Excellent poses.
Wonderful use of emotion and shapes to show Picasso-esque emotion.
I especially like your depiction of the godly figure in the middle. She seems like a combination of lady liberty and the personification of justice (the one with the blindfold)
Keep up the good work and I hope you branch out into more epic stories that deserve that same amazing treatment WoW and LOTR got.
7 out of 10
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The background colours give off a cosmic totality from Eru.
The esoteric quality of the illustration makes it highly compelling. Putting the Eruhini within Eru and under the Flame Imperishable gives it a touch of genesis, a beautiful creationesque quality.
The characterization of the Ainur adds magnificence to the piece. Detailing the regalia of the Ainur with features of their own domain helps mark them in such an elegant fashion. It is a mark of vision of a true artist.
What I would have liked to see is a representation of the void. I might be mistaken and it might be in there woven brilliantly and subtly -like everything else- as the void is an essential part of The Silmarillion.
Nonetheless, no words I can write can give justice to this masterpiece. I would say by far your finest work, but your other features of work are brilliant.
At request, please continue to illustrate such brilliant settings.
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grisador Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
coffeegoeswild Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
My Silmarillion lovers heart sings... Utterly magical.
CatholicbyHeart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! It was fun to guess which vala each one was based off of his or her cloathing and surroundings. Well done!
madeline-bauer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Will there be a print of this sold?  Because it is BEAUTIFUL.  I would buy like 3 prints for me...and then another 20 for other people.
Aysuna7 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so stunning!
NanaStasiya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
So, this is what the music looked like...
OspreyEamon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I really like the way you've depicted the One in this piece.
ktallardy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I can't tell you how much your art has moved me.  The Silmarillion is a book I have read countless times, and I've always been enthralled by the creation story in's my favorite bit of Tolkien over everything he's written.  To see it represented in such a way....I'm blown away.  Literally.  I think these pieces are, hands down, the most amazing, thoughtful, creative things I've ever seen.  Thank you so much for all your hard work.  I can't wait to have some hanging in my home.
AjaxTelamoneis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful!

I could never quite imagine these scenes... what Eru looked like, what the Valar looked like, what it would look like to watch them sing things into existence together ... wow.
Greenhatman Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
That's probably the most fascinating depiction of Eru I've ever seen in any artwork, and I just adore how the color blue is used so well here.
ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
kidskards Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
sell me this print PLEASE!!!!
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Tolkien, I suspect, would have been livid, had he ever seen this "Eru", if the story of his rather furious reaction to an overly-feminine depiction of Legolas is any indication.

Additionally, the embryonic proto-edain bears a disturbing resemblance to the protagonist of "Golgo 13", but that's really neither here nor there.
SocQA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Absolutely beautiful and wonderful work. Interesting depiction of the Ainur and Eru Illuvatar. Thank you for sharing your works with us!
Lotusbitch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Very Nice :)
Thraecian Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I'd dearly like to say something clever and insightful, but I've really nothing to say other than that your work is bloody amazing. If I weren't skint broke I'd buy a print of this.
Asturas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this
Nanashi-dono Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
One of your best pieces I think. I really like it ! Such a beautiful work. 
dragonsong17 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the Ainulindale so much, and this is a gorgeous depiction of it!
Greemology Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Wow. This should be cast in real glass.
Sinsitra Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooooo! My favourite one! <3
Ileranerak Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful, the only fault I find with it is that it can't actually be made into a real stained glass piece, if someone tried, it would be changed so it can actually be made, as there are some lines that are just not possible to cut in glass.... U__U ..
Oh, but imagine how wonderful it would be in real stained glass...
FlyingCarpets Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Yes, please be so kind and tell us the order in which the Valar go on this picture :3
Amilcar35 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Top left to top right in the picture, surrounding Eru : 

Nienna Lady of Mercy ; Vairė the Weaver (of time) and her husband Namo (Mandos) Judge of the dead and Master of Doom ; Manwė Lord of the Air and "king" of the Valar ; Oromė the Great Hunter ; Varda the Queen of Stars ; Ulmo Lord of Waters ; Aulė the Maker, Lord of the Earth and his wife Yavanna, Queen of the Earth and Giver of Fruits ; Melkor the Dark Lord, first of the Ainur ; Tulkas, Champion of the Valar .

AlienJef Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
And here I was thinking the person with Namo was Irmo (Lorien), as he is the last of the siblings missing.
Master of Visions, Dreams and 'the Desirer', keeper of the gardens Lorien in Valinor, fairest of places.
And of course the second of the Feanturi, Masters of Spirit.
AlienJef Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Me and a few folks over at tumblr are discussing who is who in this picture.

Some are easy guesses, like Nienna and Yavanna, Aule and Ulmo.
Could you enlighten us?
miss-polarchuck Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
So fabulous !
nenyakanadka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Freaking gorgeous. <3<3<3
avi17 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Gorgeous <3 Cannot wait to see more Silmarillion illustrations from you! (And can't wait for the next free shipping event that DA does so I can afford to buy all your new prints XD)
LittleBro-BigSis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I always am amazed by your work, but I love how you drew the Ainur. Each of them look gorgeous! For a second I thought the two brothers on the left were Death and it's brother Sleep from the Greek Mythology, but then I thought: hey, this is you, so of course it has to be LOTR. And then I figured it was the Ainur :D
bruno-matias Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OK, let me guess: Ilśvatar is in the middle of the picture with the Imperishable Flame in his hands and a Man and an Elf below it.
The Valar in the left side, from top to bottom: Nienna, Lórien, Mandos, Oromė, Manwė, and Varda.
The Valar in the right side, from top to bottom: Tulkas, Melkor, Yavanna, Aulė, and Ulmo.
Am I right?
Where are Vįna, Nessa, Vairė, and Estė?
Ezojg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
think the best i've seen of you. nice representation of the gods and eru is very original
QWERT18079 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
LOVE LOVE everything about this image but, more than anything else, the composition and the proportions and the placement of the "tiles" and… well, let's leave it at that. There are little things that I find interesting, such as how the larger shapes come together and create smaller shapes (such as the shield on the center bottom and the pseudo vesica piscis with the human figures under the fire). More than anything, this is one of those pictures that makes me think of stuff like National Treasure with all the mysticism coming off it. In a good way. Again, I love it.
FlameTwirler Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Can I just tell you how amazing all of these are?
TheRealPonyboy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nienna, Irmo and Namo, Mandos, Manwe and Varda, Ulmo, Aule, Yavanna, Este... and Tulkas or Orome?

Also I was intrigued by the fact that you made Eru (as evidenced by the Secret Fire) a feminine presence.
S-Sabina Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure perfection... I don't see much of the Ainulindale on dA... but this is probably one of the best illustrations I've ever seen... not just of the Ainulindalė, but of most of Tolkien's works...
Htonon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Amazing!!!!! Your have the best Tolkien gallery on DA!
CindysArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So very beautiful! :love:
Nortstar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
it is so amanzig ^^
Godiva316 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Beautiful. I'm a huge Middle-Earth history buff and this a gorgeous representation. Love it!
Mithiriel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful <3
0511 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
everytime I look, it's more and more amazing! Fabulous work. Works!
gudruna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
wow, so beautiful
wow this is so beautiful
avdsouza Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
He is the god of lord of the rings.
NonieR Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
So, judging by the figures of Elf and Man, Eru also created the rave? ;)

(Well drawn, as always!)

Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Yay! You're doing The Silmarillion! ^_^
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it.
HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I love they way you draw and put colour! you make this great moments even greater!
imagine all this in great stained glass windows in a castle? so great!!!!!!!! love your works!
have a great 2013!
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