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Ephemeral by aimo Ephemeral by aimo
Ephemeral: Transitory, transient, momentary, or short-lived

The Hobbit fan comic featuring Thorin Oakenshield.

Comic done in Manga Studio Ex
Cover done in Paint Tool Sai

EDIT: Previous version was missing a page; Uploaded the correct, complete page count.

EDIT (2013/2/2): Oooh, just realized this was chosen as a Daily Deviation! Thank you :D

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-26
Ephemeral by *aimo is a tale of lost love--perhaps the worst kind of loss. ( Featured by JZLobo )
Kaori-Warbird Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is how I imagined Thorin to be when I read the book; altho it wasn't mentioned, I thought of Thorin having been in love, and of his girlf having been killed in the attack by Smaug. That's why I get so angry whenever Suethors match Thorin up with their vile Mary Sue characters.
MagicalSheepOfDoom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
That is the saddest thing I have ever read.......
Myridd Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
T-T Oh jeez. I'm not even going to lie. I sorta cried. And I didn't even watch or read any of the Hobbit movies or Books. (I need to get the books.)
umbra57 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Why did you choose not to show the face of Thorin's lover?
xxNordicFlagsxx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
I tried really, really hard not to cry....

I failed miserably.
KotoriRod Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
God... it hurts reading this because we all know how the ending of the Hobbit goes ;w;
AlrikN Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014
Fluff I need fluff, some Fili-n-Kili fluff-n-stuff to cheer me back up. Where's my gay boyslove get me my fanfics.  IMing: Cry  
NICKOLASTYLER Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that pain he feels their. In his heart, body, mind, being...and soul.
AlrikN Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
:/ Ja. :(
4 years ago I lost my Willow, she said her illness felt like it was roasting her from the inside.
I hated and hate that I was unable to do much of anything, stupid cancers. :( 
NICKOLASTYLER Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
5 and a half years ago my love left me at school with a heart broken and a 18 carrot diamond ring. I was going to propose to her. 
I spent that time as well. A loner and well I don't like to admit this but. Well i almost walked in front of a train a few times.

Now she and I are together again for 3 weeks.

PS My moms mom had cancer. which she survived in the end and her thank you was sending my family in separate states. long story short MOM: Insane but iv got her in some great care for her. DAD: Stole little sister and in cali somewhere SISTER:She hardly talks to me. LITTLE SISTER: With dad, I tried finding them but... no luck at all. GRAND MOTHER Shes an EVIL WHORE. ME: Grandma got me homeless in the dead of winter were I almost died several times. Get my point friend. This was all 8 years ago.

And this is the short sweet cube version. 
werewolveskickass Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
That hurt me right in the feelings
KaydenM Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
When I first read this, I had little idea of who Thorin was (I wasn't much of a reader when the Hobbit became popular and was late to see the film.). Reading this again with newly acquired knowledge, I cried like a baby. 
Onepiecelover Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Can we see what Thorin does when he sees the hair-stone thingys? Please!
NanashisART Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it so much!
Best backstory!
Squinterian Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
No wonder this got a DD, it's frankly amazing. I wasn't sure at first about your choice to keep Thorin's lost love hooded, not allowing us to see their face, but the further I got in the comic the better it worked. In the end, the impact might not have been as big if we'd seen their face. As a reader, not being shown even a sliver of skin of this person, much less what they looked like, helps drive home the point that they're gone (because now we're never going to know). You have such great command over expressions, as well, and use them to a great effect. Thorin's various faces here are a marvel unto themselves.

The ending breaks my heart a little bit. Kili's ignorant optimism and Thorin's patience with him, with the thread of fatalism that hangs over them... I am all for Thorin feels, but this comic brought a whole new level of them. Lovely work, just lovely. This is an amazing little story.
Dracophile Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I like how the figure is so ambiguous. It could be a man or a woman, which works for me both ways. Also him/her being an archer like Kili, rare for dwarves and I'm reminding poor Thorin of his lost one (assuming this is under the assumption that dwarves only fall in love once). And I always love your art.
Pookie-Bear2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
omg... that is so... awesome!
SoturoAyami Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow this is lovely.
aseariel Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaugh right in the feels D:
Alidia Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously tugs at my heart strings every time I read it. You have a wonderful talent for conveying emotion through your art. I've read books that don't convey a story as well as this panel.
kleinejade0309 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no part two??? i want a part two! this is an to good story!!!!
sisterof Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Not only your art is amazing, but also the theme and your willingness to work on such a great universe as Tolkien's. Thanks for the addition! I loved that you kept his loved one completely anonymous - so it doesn't conflict with lore, a great choice! Added as favorite. :D
FeralCorpse Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O Aimo, darling, you break my heart with the beauty of your work.
Onepiecelover Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Isiybelle Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GLOB (SOB) That was amazing!! Great backstory!
lizap Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
i would love it if you continued this. kept the story going and did an au with the canon. please? :)
Alaryc Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, Amazing stuff. I love to see people add onto an already rich universe like this. Hoping to see something along these lines in part two.
Artist09 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I get chills every time I read this
lizap Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
that was amazing! im a sucker for happy endings though....... will this have one???? please???
NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This is brilliant! Hands down brilliant! :)
Alidia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was BRILLIANT. I have been such a huge fan of your work, but this piece is by far my favorite.
Brynhilde-Grimiore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Viktormon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very simple, yet emotional story :)
Windsurfer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gods this is so beautiful and horribly sad AND I LOVE IT! IT HURTS SO MUCH BUT I LOVE IT! *cries*
LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
do you plannin a little crossover with dragon age? after all, lady aeducan and hawke has some experiences with dragons :P
LaCamilla Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very well done. Congrats on the DD, you deserve it!
computer-faerie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I saw this once, forgot to favorite it and was afraid I'd lost it... thank goodness I found it again! So sweet and sad. Love your style!
Xyloverflow Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...I am seriously amazed by your talent :wow:! This is a very interesting idea and a beautiful comic! I can imagine Thorin having a relationship like this :love:. However I'm not sure that Thorin would be betrothed to someone before Smaug took Erebor. Based off what I know, Thorin was born in TA 2746, and Erebor was taken over by Smaug in TA 2770, making Thorin only 24 years old at the time his people were forced to leave. That's REALLY young for Dwarven standards, especially when you consider the fact that Fili who was 82 years old and Kili 77 years old were still minors in the dwarven culture. While I would love this idea, part of me says Thorin was too young to be betrothed, but that doesn't mean he didn't love or care for anyone like he did in this comic. Then again I'm not exactly an expert on how Dwarves arranged marriages or if they're very similar to humans. I could be wrong, right, partial, I really don't know but it did get me thinking :shrug:
Either way this is a job well done and very well deserved DD. :thumbsup:
Quillicous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
"And get your lost treasure back"
...considering what happens to Thorin at the end...ow.
My heart.
Tinkerbell7889 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Amazing I love it, now I want one lol :)
ChihiroAyako Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! :D
ninjakittypoo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
T _ T *sad face* My heart has boo-boos.. I require more of these hobbit comics..
theartslave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful work!!! Congratulations on the daily deviation, well deserved! :)
AAndrogynous Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
aww man the feelings welled up within at this comic :'D
KakashiFangirl43 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
This is amazing .Thank you :)
Lunatium Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible!!! I hope you do another part sometime!!
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   General Artist
:clap: i love it!! this is so wonderfully drawn, and I love the idea, even though it isn't in the books :) congrats on a well-deserved DD!
MomoHinamoru Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Artist
i never saw hobbit but this is cool
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing details and expressions - congrats on the DD
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent story and wonderful illustrations. It's very touching, especially when he's thinking of his "lost treasure." Great comic and very deserving of the Daily Deviation! :iconcongratsplz:
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