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Aegnor and Andreth :: Love me today by IngvildSchageArt Aegnor and Andreth :: Love me today by IngvildSchageArt
In lure of this annual holiday, I emerged myself in a new (or so it was for me) couple from Tolkien's Legendarium. This year that was Aegnor and Andreth, the only couple - or so I came to understand - of Tolkien's with a female mortal and a male elf.

I cannot rightly say why this couple so spoke to me, but I have often pondered why all of Tolkien's, or indeed in modern culture, it is so usual for a woman to fall in love with someone "beneath" her. Do not misunderstand my meaning here; I refer to such couples as Melian and Thingol, where a woman Maiar fell in love with an male elf, with the Maiar being the most powerful being, also their daughter Luthien who fell in love with Beren a mortal, and Arwen and Aragorn. This can also be seen as the subplot of Beauty and the beast, where a woman falls in love with the beast, not because of his money or beauty, but because of his heart. Does this imply that men are seen as more shallow, not wanting anything but beauty in their love interest?

It seems to me there are so many examples of a woman falling in love with someone beneath her in power, I suppose you can say, and it makes me wonder. I will not accuse the professor of misoginy or any of the sort, but he did live in a different time, a time where a man was more assumed to rise above his station, always looking to climb upwards in society, and chose his woman for her beauty or her station. I also assume it was a widely spread belief that women did not have as many qualities besides her beauty - but of course we know that Tolkien did not share this belief as most of his women are widely spectred characters.

There are of course many ways to consider this, and I am only scratching the surface, but it is an intruiging question I think. I think that is why I LOVED Aegnor and Andreth from the first time I heard of their story. Not that it has anything to do with Beauty and the Beast, no sir, but in general elves were concidered fairer than humans, so it is fair to assume that Aegnor did infact fall in love with someone less beautiful than him, and considering that he is Galadriels brother, I cannot but think him godly like. That seems to me to be of great importance, and they brief love story aches in my heart.

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I hope you enjoy this little Valentines drawing, and that your day was better than mine - although watching Mad Max: Fury Road and eating pancakes for dinner can't be too much of a ground for complaint, even as I am painfully sick and very single. Popcorn and cholocate is next!

Love always,
Iggy :heart:
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Very Very beautiful. I love all the romance novel type art here on deviantart! I love how passionate the people are! They look like they are in romantic bliss <3 I love the ways you drew it with pencil too. Very very beautiful. I don't see any flaws with the way you drew it and I like it a lot. Black and white happen to be one of my favorite colors to see in people's art. Your shading is beautiful! Not perfect to me as far as romance art is concerned but still I like and it is charming. Nice work!
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Rukaija Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist
Awesome Painting. Don't forget that they both died in the same year... Maybe there is an unwritten story about this as well...
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a drawing actually, but thank you! And I only read a quick review of their story, as I havent found it in any of his books yet, so I did not know that, but thank you for clearing that up! Soo sad a fate...
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MotherOfDragons64 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooo pretty as well as romantic well done Clap Clap Heart Heart Heart
*Free Icon/Emote* Toothless (Love it!) 
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ever so much, that was what I hoped for! :heart:
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MotherOfDragons64 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Xans SOUL [ICON] 
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SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Following your logic then Andreth is also shallow. You generalize way too much.
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SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You spend way too much time on tumblr.
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
As I said it's all my thoughts, I did not get these ideas from anywhere, and you are yourself shallow to assume that. These are things I have wondered for a long time and if you don't agree I'd rather you critique it properly and discuss in a polite manner rather than comment rudely.

I would however assume that you are the one to be much on Tumblr as you obviously need to spread hate when you see something you don't like, in stead of moving on and accepting that we have different opinions.

I'm sorry if you think I am pretentious, but I like to pour out my thoughts surrounding my artwork and if you don't like that you don't have to watch me or my work.
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notesong Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooooooo gorgeous.  <333
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soo much! :heart:
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my~ Anatomy Awwwww <3 <3 I love them ^^
And I can totally relate to a human woman in love with a male Elf ^^;
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
AWH Thank you!:heart: I'm so happy you like the anatomy as well, as I was a bit worried about that part! ^^'
and Im so sorry for the late reply O_o I've been a mess recently..
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you'll feel better soon my friend *hugs you tightly*
And yes, I'm always a huge fan of how you draw anatomy XD You make it look delicious XD
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! <3

And it's AAAAAAAALL about practice... BELIEVE ME! ;)
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe you haha
I should draw naked people more often XD
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You def should, and I should draw people in clothes more! x)
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't feel obliged to do that XD
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MorellAgrysis Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sexy couple.
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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Ewa-a-nie-chce-spac Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017   Writer
"I cannot rightly say why this couple so spoke to me, but I have often pondered why all of Tolkien's, or indeed in modern culture, it is so usual for a woman to fall in love with someone "beneath" her. Do not misunderstand my meaning here; I refer to such couples as Melian and Thingol, where a woman Maiar fell in love with an male elf, with the Maiar being the most powerful being, also their daughter Luthien who fell in love with Beren a mortal, and Arwen and Aragorn."
In Tolkien's case it may be a self-insert thing ;) 
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah you are absolutely right, and I'm a bit embarrassed it didnt occur to me that it was only about such a small thing as ones own desire, and me being a woman of course I'd love to fall in love with an elf, which is why this couple talks to me! Thank you for making sense of my messy thoughts! ;)
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Ewa-a-nie-chce-spac Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017   Writer
You're welcome ;)
Anyway... I think that the main reason behind stories about women or men falling for elves, enchanted people, aliens etc. is the simple desire for being in love with someone, who has features admired by you (in these cases - something supernatural from humans' POV, like immortality, enormous strength etc.), but at the same time is similar to you (f.e. has a kind heart, is lonely etc).
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FeynaSkydancer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow....just absolutely beautiful! :heartyfaint: 
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :blush: :heart:
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Menkhar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful drawing!
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ghostgirlgotscared Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
woah! this is absolutely amazing! everything about it is amazing! the anatomy, the shading, everything! wow! keep up the amazing work! 
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IngvildSchageArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOw thank you so much! I am so incredibly happy you think so! ^^
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