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1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Samtyr chose these for me.  I'm stumbly on this, but willing to play.  

This is my personal Silmarillion, one of two that I have made.  This particular one embellished a jewelry box that I made depicting the first sunrise over Middle Earth.  I etched the copper and devised a way to suspend a Swarovski crystal from it.  It is owned by a fellow Tolkien writer and the purchase price went towards a charity to eliminate colorectal cancer.  This is my default icon and I love it.  

Gondolin - this city has captured my imagination since I first read about it.  Although I write mostly about people, I have several stories in which this city is also a major player.  And the best is still to come...

An icon that Oshun allowed me to "borrow", Joie is the drink partaken at year-end celebrations in Jacqueline Carey's marvelous series of books about Terre d'Ange.  Haven't read them?  I recommend them SO highly!  

Of course one cannot have Gondolin without Glorfindel, and even if my personal view of the blond warrior is different than this one, it is still a lovely picture.  

My friends in this fandom know that I love slash, and this is a depection of ancient slash in an imagery format.  The ancient Greek mytho of Apollo and Hyacinthus is truly lovely.  

I don't use secondary user pics often, and when I do it is because I am using my MEFA Nomination pics for each of the six stories that got nominated (thanks to those who were so kind).  More often than not, I prefer to use my Silmaril.  That will probably shift as I use LJ more and get more accustomed to posting, but I also think there is something nice about looking down a listing of userpics and knowing, from the pic, who has posted.  

This was fun, does anyone else want to play?  

- Erulisse (one L)

I tend to just skim down mine and click one without really thinking about it XD

If my pc is not slow, I will play.
I'm curious about these five.

And I'm giving up on actually being able to copy the images to this post...

1) Year of Love

2) No World for Us

3) My Third Glass is Always Blue for Tigana

4) Daeron (with the two Twins)

5) Brothers Lovers

I know your storylines very well and where most of these (except for the Tigana one) fit into it, but I'm curious about what attracted you to these images and what you think when you look at them.

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm curious about what attracted you to these images and what you think when you look at them.

Okay, I'll try :)

I found this picture several years back, and in the original pic it is easier to see, but the man rests his hand on the boys shoulder with such an air of protective love, and looks so serious that it reminded me of Vanimórë and Elgalad when Elgalad was young. It seemed to show such emotion, and Vanimórë's knowledge that he loved Elgalad, but they could not be together.

Tigana is written about the level of sadness I can bear; not as grim as GRRM, and with a great deal of beauty, so I love the book. The prince of lost Tigana always makes his third glass of wine the famous blue wine of Astibar as a memory of Tigana. Since one of its cities had tall towers, and the prince was dark haired, I chose the other two pics to go with the blue wine image (which I've had for about 8 years now.)

This is a quote from something Vanimórë says in Dark Prince, and makes me think of his losing Elgalad in Dark God. Though Elgalad did not drown, I did write a couple of scenes of him in the water, and when Mart found the pic for me, it did make me think of Elgalad's death and Van as the God Emperor, who has so much power but cannot keep the one he loves.

The images representing Fëanor and Fingolfin are actually of archangels, Raphael and Uriel I think, but the original pics are stunning, and since I do see Elves as being that glorious, I used them. (I thought of these two as soon as I saw them, a few years back.)
The 'flame' pic is a mirror image, to which I added the flames, but could also be 'cheek to cheek'.

The Daeron pic is one of the first I ever found, and I have never found it online since. The hair was drawn dark but with a silvery quality to it, and it fitted my 'verse where Daeron's hair is kind of steely-grey, (absorbing the twin's frosty colour) but was dark once. The twins -- one is shown with a whip, the other a bird (on the original pics) and to me it showed their deadliness and their strange and innocent well, madness, because they both are quite mad.

I hope that helped :)

Edited at 2011-08-18 10:41 pm (UTC)
I think they are beautiful. I've always loved your userpics. But these five, especially the four that deal with your Dark God sequence, always resonate with me. When I envision your characters, it is these images that come to mind. You chose very well.

- Erulisse (one L)
When I envision your characters, it is these images that come to mind.

Me too. :) I am glad that is the case with you as well :) Sometimes I do just find pics (or some-one finds them for me, or makes them in Esteliel's case) that really hit that 'Yes' button. I don't know that I have any favourite icons really, but I do love Fëanor/Fingolfin because I can always feel the complicated but beautiful love between them, and I don't use it often (more on my own posts) because some people get squicked by incest.

Edited at 2011-08-19 08:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, I have a personal Silmaril that I wear quite often, but it was my test piece and doesn't have the Tengwar text, it uses florals instead.

- Erulisse (one L)
I love your default icon and the Apollo and Hyacinthus one is lovely.

I love my user pics; they are my primary creative outlet. Ask about them if you want to.
My success at posting the pics for response has been null (I guess there's some coding that I just can't get). I'll Email you instead, OK?

- Erulisse (one L)