Túrin Turambar by Alan Lee

Túrin Turambar by Alan Lee

            The illustration of Túrin Turambar by Alan Lee was created for the book of The Children of Húrin by JRR Tolkien. In the illustration is shown Túrin son of Húrin on the edge of what appears to be a mountain. He has contrapposto, and is supported in his sword. He wears a traditional clothing with a cloak. The highlight of his clothing is the Dragon-helm of Dor-Lómin. This helmet is thoroughly described in the book Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien. And says:

"That helm was made of grey steel adorned with gold, and on it were graven runes of victory. A power was in it that guarded any who wore it from wound or death, for the sword that hewed it was broken, and the dart that smote it sprang aside. It was wrought by Telchar, the smith of Nogrod, whose works were renowned. It had a visor (after the manner of those that the Dwarves used in their forges for the shielding of their eyes), and the face of one that wore it struck fear into the hearts of all beholders, but was itself guarded from dart and fire. Upon its crest was set in defiance a gilded image of the head of Glaurung the dragon; for it had been made soon after he first issued from the gates Morgoth. Often Hador, and Galdor after him, had borne it in war; and the hearts of the host of Hithlum were uplifted when they saw it towering high amid the battle, and they cried: "Of more worth is the Dragon of Dor-lómin than the gold-worm of Angband!"

            The book of The Children of Húrin is about the children of Húrin of the House of Hador of the Men and the curse that Morgoth threw on him and his descendants. The tale is full of tragic events full of violence, confusion and impure acts. The dragon on the Dragon-helm of Dor-Lómin is Glaurung the Dragon of Morgoth, that is overthrown by Túrin.
The illustration has an atmosphere very well made with these blue tones, giving a sense of depth, highlighting the immensity of the landscape. The warriors who appear in the lower left corner are unremarkable, being Túrin the main character.

            In conclusion, it is a contemporary painting on a theme that is also very present, although it has its mythical traits that I am quite sure that will be in the history. It is an artwork that I love for the heroic serenity it transmits.

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