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"The Battle of Five Armies, depicted in The Hobbit, was fought between the Goblins and the Wargs of Moria and the Misty Mountains against the Men of the Long Lake, the Elves of Mirkwood, the Dwarves on and near the Lonely Mountain and the great Eagles of the Misty Mountains.

This is the plan that Gandalf made in council with the Elvenking and with Bard; and with Dain, for the dwarf-lord now joined them: the Goblins were the foes of all, and at their coming all other quarrels were forgotten. The only hope for Men, Elves and Dwarves was to lure the goblins into the valley between the arms of the Mountain; and themselves to man the great spurs that struck south and east. Yet this would be perilous, if the goblins were in sufficient numbers to overrun the Mountain itself, and so attack them also from behind and above; but there was no time for make any other plan, or to summon any help.

Soon the thunder passed, rolling away to the South-East; but the bat-cloud came, flying lower, over the shoulder of the Mountain, and whirled above them shutting out the light and filling them with dread.

"To the Mountain!" called Bard. "To the Mountain! Let us take our places while there is yet time!"

On the Southern spur, in its lower slopes and in the rocks at its feet, the Elves were set; on the Eastern spur were men and dwarves. But Bard and some of the nimblest of men and elves climbed to the height of the Eastern shoulder to gain a view to the North. Soon they could see the lands before the Mountain's feet black with a hurrying multitude. Ere long the vanguard swirled round the spur's end and came rushing into Dale. These were the swiftest wolf-riders, and already their cries and howls rent the air afar. A few brave men were strung before them to make a feint of resistance, and many there fell before the rest drew back and fled to either side. As Gandalf had hoped, the goblin army had gathered behind the resisted vanguard, and poured now in rage into the valley, driving wildly up between the arms of the Mountain, seeking for the foe. Their banners were countless, black and red, and they came on like a tide in fury and disorder.

Darkness was coming into a stormy sky; while still the great bats swirled about the heads and ears of elves and men, or fastened vampire-like on the stricken. Now Bard was fighting to defend the Eastern spur, and yet giving slowly back."

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Pen & drawing ink work. I jumped to the last part of the book because this kind of sceneries are pretty fun to draw after all, and I guess I'll draw more related to this event.
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DrBookworm Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
How did you actually feel about the hobbit movies? (Especially the 3rd one)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I liked the moment when Dáin arrived, it was kinda epic. Also those parts depicting older (dwarven) events in general, like the battle of Nanduhirion and destruction of the Vale and Erebor. However when thinking about the source material and the end result, there were too many bad elements that ruined the trilogy. Fan service dwarves, Azog, filler material, CGI, CGI and CGI... gotta admit that I'm a Tolkien purist. But the original Lotr-trilogy was very nice. The Fellowship of the Ring is still my favourite movie.
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DrBookworm Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I pretty much agree with everything you just said. Another thing I would credit to the Hobbit trillogy is good acting too. Fellowship's my favourite also but I ultimately like imagining things in my own way. Really admire your work by the way. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, it's nice to notice that after reading the book for a while it's just your own imagination rolling there.

Thank you, nice to hear that :)
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DrBookworm Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Better than the movie. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, thank you. No war rams or immortal human peasants kicking orc asses here I'm afraid XD
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DrBookworm Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Or Azog. XD
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Pandachan2012 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
I love your artwork!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 This is a marvellous image, but one gets the feeling that it should be subtitled 'How NOT to discipline your dog' (for I have delusions of humour and they hold me in a FIERCE grip!).;) (Wink) 
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Bad boy, let GO of his intestines!" XD
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 "GRRRRR! MINE! MINE!"

 (obviously the beast thinks it's the next Carcharoth!).
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Gurdim Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Cool, it reminds me of some of those frescos in renaissance Italy depicting famous battles, with a "ground level camera" let's say xD, like the never finished Battle of Anghiari upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… or the Battle of San Romano upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you for that cool reference :D. Those old (finished) battle-themed frescos are insanely detailed, I loved to see those during history lessons.
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longrunIV Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
your artwork is amazing me and my son love viewing them
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho, that is very flattering! Thank you very much for commenting.
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IAM-ARTIST Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I'm a student at RISD, and I really wish I could draw this good
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As the cliche goes, only practise, practise and practise helps. I have drawn from kindergarten age but started to use drawing ink in 2004-2005. When I look my drawings which I made in 2004 or so and compare to drawings made in 2005 there are a huge difference. Usually when old work starts to look odd it's a sign that skill improvements happen.

Watching these oldy drawings... haha, I think I'll make a small before-after journal, just for the lols.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome, awesome!!

This is a true battle scene.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this. Kinda iconic battle, with many interesting events and many races fighting.

I apologise for late replies, just noticed the rest of these comments you made in December. Unfortunately those were buried under other notifications. I want to reply to each and thank for all comments people give.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!!


It's no problem! :D
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scathatheworm Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
i am a massive fan of Tolkien and now a massive fan of your work! you have great detail in the drawing and in your interpretation of text!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: I'm glad you like my work. Tolkien's stories are something I really enjoy illustrating, using both time and effort. Using original text (or my rough translation from Finnish version) as "narration" is like the last touch to the picture, I dare to say. People can see where the inspiration came from.

I personally love viewing other artist's versions (original + coloured, preferably) as DA offers Tolkien-inspired paintings and drawings for everyone's taste!
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Jwraither Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional
Awesome, man. Love that wolf.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you very much. It was pretty fun to try drawing wolf-riders, it offered something new (I especially wanted to draw infantrymen facing some of these "mounts"!). Mounted combat looks awesome but is usually darn hard to draw.
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional
You have my respect, man. It is very time consuming. I REALLY badly want to paint a picture of the Ride of Imrahil... Goosebumps, man. Goosebumps, every time I think of it :P
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, I reallly like the wolf's, and the crow's there's so much detail, very well made/captured scene :thumbsup:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like this drawing. It was fun to draw this one of my favourite parts of the book, looking forward to next ones ;)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Wow, I'm late!
You managed to fill the whole paper with those pretty details! The ground looks wonderful - I could stare at it and find all those nice details there! The armors, clothing and weapons are beauticully drawn - very impressing! It looks dynamic enough to see it really is a battle scene. Mountains are awesome - I'm often paying attenton to stone/mountains/caverns drawings cause I'm particularly unable to draw them myself ;) I'm not a fan of the bats here - I don't know why.

I just thought about seeing a close up of some characters right now. Turin in his Dragon-helm came to my mind.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Late for what, hehe :XD:. Thank you for the in-depth comment, it's appreciated! I usually draw land and backround last so those tend to be made in "a hurry" if compared to rest of the scenery. It's fun to draw rock, cliff and mountains, although adding sky to a mountain scenery has proved to be difficult and results, like here, look a bit odd. For a reason or another it lacks depth. It requires a bit more from this black and white -style I use if compared to coloured paintings and drawings (or well, I think so).

And now you reminded me of Túrin Turambar! It's frustrating how many sketches about him I found from my cabinet, should finish one of them someday, ugh...
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
"F*ck you, Sauron!"
Hahahahaha!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Well, you too noticed that. That kind of scribbles just tend to appear to my sketches...
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gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It was a bonus! :D
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, epic drawing :clap:
I like the idea to put the main focus on the wolf!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Well, I think wargs and wolves in this battle were so exotic part of the army so I thought it would be a "must" to draw some of them. Besides I think that those beasts must have been a horrible sight on a battlefield when facing foot soldiers, so drawing wolves and their goblin riders creating havoc among soldiers of the Long Lake sounded like a good idea to me.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
very fine work! :thumbsup:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, highly appreciated as a fellow b&w artist.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
;) you're absolutely welcome :ahoy:
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This loads into my browser (Chrome) as black and white horizontal lines... no picture. :/
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't really help with that, sounds odd. Thank you for trying & telling, though ;)
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Caradepato Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Like all of your work, i really love this. Really really love this. The attention to detail is impressive.
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