This painting depicts Gwindor, an elf of the Noldor captured by Morgoth after a catastrophic defeat, who was imprisoned and then escaped into the woods Taur-nu-Fuin.
“A wandering Elf, a thrall escaped, whom Beleg met and comforted,’ said Gwindor. ‘Yet once I was Gwindor son of Guilin, a lord of Nargothrond, until I went to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and was enslaved in Angband.'” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Matthew Stewart created both a drawing and an oil on panel showing a scene in ‘Of Turin Turambar’ from the The Silmarillion.
This painting of the dark forest of Taur-nu-Fuin captures Tolkiens’s love of the deep woods full with mystery and myth.
In the Forest Under Night is a scene from the tale by J.R.R. Tolkien that appears in both The Silmarillion and in a longer form in The Children of Hurin.
Gwindor is a Noldor Elf lord captured in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, also known as “The Battle of Unnumbered Tears”. At this catastrophic defeat, the kingdoms of the Noldor elves were smashed by Morgoth. As one of the Noldor, skilled in mining and smithing, Gwindor was kept alive as a slave. He escaped, however, into the forest Taur-nu-Fuin, which in the elvish language means “great forest under night”. He has lost a hand in his escape, and carries with him a Feanorian lamp in the other. It is light of this lamp that Beleg, in pursuit of the captured Turin, sees and finds Gwindor. You can read the story and decide for yourself if Gwindor would have been better off left alone.
Here is the oil painting of the scene…
And here you can see the drawing created in preparation for the painting.