The Orphan, the Hero, and the King Picture

Here’s is another commission I painted for Mythgard, this time for Verlyn Flieger’s upcoming Fall course ‘Tolkien in Tradition: The Orphan, the Hero and the King.’ (More infor here:

Featured in this image are King Arthur, Sigurd, Kullervo, and Fafnir (though I admit if I were to draw the later on his own, he’d be far less serpentine; that decision was mainly a compositional/poster-aesthetic one). While these characters may not be Tolkien originals, he wrote fan fiction dabbled with all of them at one point or another (The Fall of Arthur, The Story of Kullervo, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun), and they all had profound influence in regards to his own mythology.

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