Then quickly and in fear Mablung took it and set it in Beren's living hand; and Beren was roused by the touch of the Silmaril, and held it aloft, and bade Thingol receive it. 'Now is the Quest achieved,' he said, 'and my doom full-wrought'; and he spoke no more. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, Of Beren and Lúthien There is a 'making of' of this image available online, where you can see how it advanced from first sketches to the finished thing. Have a look here!