The artwork of Maria Lombide Ezpeleta with notes.



759 Morgoth


877 Lú – But her beauty was more…


Bilbo escapes from Mirkmaard


Smaug being healed…


Save Smaug

915 Galadriel leaves Lorien

Bilbo dances

Elladan and Elrohir find Celebrian

Doriath Y

933 Doriath y

Doriath G

933 Doriath  g

Luthien Transforms


Feanor’s Sons

Do you see Maria has put herself in and elder Marisol in detail in the centre of the picture between the artificial hand tools of Maedros. This work must hold a special significance for her. I addressed the issue of facial expressions in the previous ‘Moon Letters’ picture, here, if you cannot see the diversity of character, then there is no hope for you. A strikingly diverse aspects are presented, subtly telling a story in all their individual saga. The composition around Feanor, with the three more dark sons on his right, going anti-clockwise and the more en-lightened of his sons descending continuing the anti-clockwise coming, finally the wisest of them all, Maedros. Caranthir on top left leans into his father; Maedros turn away… Deep mature reading by the artist indeed, or perhaps a deep natural intuitiveness is a better description. One other aspect concerning the twins Amrod and Amras; Maria has put one in profile to distinguish their individual aspects – there is truly individual seven sons.

Moon Letters

What is this? Non-elven Tolkien dwarves and even a hobbit. Here we have Maria stretching her vision to the Tolkien novel ‘The Hobbit’ and to a scene where Elrond (her favourite Elven Lord/boyfriend as you will see later) discovers the Moon Runes on Thorin’s map. Much as you can clearly see, to Gandalf’s discomfort. Sometimes accused of a lack of facial expressions in her Elven/Shermyjl representations, she argues that she sees them as reserved and aloof from human emotionality, something both races have in abundance in their written literature. With Arwen in exquisite jewelry and clothing framing our vision towards Elrond, here presented in all sensuality by the artist. Clearly here is a favourite subject! The background is balanced as is typical of Maria’s work – not overdone or distracting from the focus or energy the scene – yet detailed enough to keep the viewer looking for more detail.

White Council

Although J. R. R. Tolkien inspired, this work has several features that make it unique. If you take the horses and their demeanor you can see, mainly by the eyes (pun intended) that they form an equal part of the character composition. There are 17 (Saruman’s horse is (nearly) obscured) ‘members’ of the White Council in our vision. The swords presumably of the attendees represent a focal point for both the council and the picture. Note also the faint pathway through a background forest above the sword hilts signifying the pathway to our meeting place. I particularly like the portrayal of Saruman in this work, he is cast as an outsider; his horse has is hidden-unlike the others and he is more wary of what Cirdan is doing with that bowl; something left for all of us to ponder upon…

Vial of Galadriel

Finarfin and Baby Galadriel (old version)

Finwe and Miriel

Feanor Sons – The Burning

Elrond – At the Fireplace before the Council

Celebrian and Galadriel

Celeborn and Galadriel at Battle

Galadriel Confronts Annatar

Finarfin and Baby Galadriel (New Version)

Valar and Ainu