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Balins decision by Tulikoura Balins decision by Tulikoura
After the battle of Five Armies Kingdoms of Dale and Erebor were rebuilt once again. For many decades dwarves laboured in Erebor, and even if many skills and much knowledge were forgotten and lost to the dragonfire, they were growing stronger and mightier in their skills. Both Kingdoms prospered.

But peace and glories of their crafts weren't enough for some, and thus dwarves of the Lonely Mountain had sadness in their hearts.

In secret whispers started to spread; there wasn't enough space for all, Erebor wasn't simply enough, there were other riches to be found in the world. Moria was mentioned; the glory of their ancestors, Khazad-Dm, was well remembered. At last dwarves were feeling strong and numerous enough to return to their ancient home.

Years passed and whispers became yearning, but dwarves still spoke with fear when Moria was mentioned; The Nameless Terror which, according to myths, still waited. For a thousand years had the Halls of Moria been empty after children of Durin fled - and for generations no dwarf had dared to enter the gate of Moria, except Thrr who was slain.

Balin had become restless, and at last he gave up to the whispers. In 2989 T.A, 48 years after the reclaiming of Erebor, Balin left and lead an expedition to colonize Khazad-Dm. King Din mourned this decision, and didn't give him permission with a light heart, as Balin took Ori and Oin and a number of other dwarves with him.
Drawing ink & graphite pencil work. My aim is to illustrate Balins journey to Moria and what happened there during his reign.

First illustration to "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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skyvalr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the costume design here
Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, your work has been featured here --> [link]
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you, it's a honour that my drawings are included in such a good collection.
Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
OuroborosI Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Failed to notice in the book that Ori and Oin where in Moria to. I moan there loss now although it is to late...
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There were many characters in Balins expedition who were mentioned in the Hobbit, but who didn't really stand out or got a little bit attention in the Fellowship of the Ring.

Still, thinking about those twelve companions of Thorin... Thorin, Fili and Kili died in the battle of Five Armies. Balin was shot to death at Mirrormere. Watcher in the Water took Oin, and scribe Ori was killed in the chamber of Mazarbul. Illustrating their fates should be an interesting task.
Langkjaer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Awesome mate. Keep up the good work.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll do my best, as always ;)
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very wonderful! The details are fantastic, especially on the clothing and the tapestries.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You praise me of details which, in my opinion, were hardest to imagine and draw, that's a pleasant surprise :D

Coat of arms, heraldry in general, complex looking stone paving... such things you could imagine to interiors of Erebor. Damn hard to draw, obviously, that's why I saved some effort and used more graphite pencil ;)

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