Nienna Sorrowing

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Naomi King

I wanted to do a picture in just one colour, and Tolkien's Lady of Mourning, Nienna, was great inspiration for this. It was my first real attempt at a painting, although I didn't realise until afterwards that they were actually fabric paints. Oops. Nienna is a Valar (angelic being) who gives peace to the grief-stricken. At daytime she sleeps on the island in the middle of the lake Lorellin. 'She is acquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered in the marring of Melkor. So great was her sorrow, as the Music unfolded, that her song turned to lamentation long before its end, and the sound of mourning was woven into the themes of the World before it began. But she does not weep for herself; and those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope... she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom.' -The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien

Published More than a year ago

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