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Battle of Fornost by Tulikoura Battle of Fornost by Tulikoura
"During the Angmar War, what was left of the ancient realm of Arnor was under attack. While not ignoring the North-Kingdom, King Eärnil II had trouble of his own, and could not spare any of his troops to send North. It took long until King felt his South-Kingdom was secured, and he could fulfill his promise to aid the northern part. In Autumn 1973 messages arrived to Gondor, and King learnt that the Witch-king was preparing for the final blow against Arthedain. King sent his son Eärnur north. Though his fleet sailed rapidly, he was not in time to save Arthedain or Arvedui, its last king. But his massive fleet - it filled Mithlond, Harlond and Forlond - was hailed by the Men that had survived the last defeat, and the Elves also. To Gondor's standards, the expeditionary force was mediocre in size. It did, however, include cavalry from Rhovanion, which would prove useful on the wide lands of the North.

The Elves of Lindon and the remnant of the northern Dúnedain joined Eärnur's army and the combined forces marched against the Witch-king. He now lived in Fornost, so was told, where he gathered troops from the region. The Witch-king had grown overconfident, and instead of staying behind his fortifications he initiated the attack, and led his army to the plains. The Battle of Fornost was fought on the plain between the Lake Nenuial and the North Downs, where the army of Witch-king was defeated by the army of West. His army began to fall back toward Fornost, but Eärnur’s main force flanked them and struck from the north, routing the majority of the army.

The Witch-king regrouped the remnants of his army, and fled to Angmar and the safety of Carn Dûm. The cavalry, led by Eärnur himself, overtook him before he reached the mountains. Moreover, the ranks of the allies swelled, as an army of elves from Rivendell came led by the mighty hero of old, Glorfindel. Angmar was purged complitely of men and orcs, and all seemed lost for the Witch-king in the face of such numbers.

The Witch-king himself came at the last, robed and masked in black and riding a black horse; in his anger he was terrible to behold. Amongst cavalrymen he saw the Captain of Gondor, and rode toward him shrieking like a beast. Eärnur would have met the assault, but his horse shied away and fled, and it took some time before Eärnur could regain control. The Witch-king laughed, and everyone who heard it never forgot how terrible his voice was. But Glorfindel came on his white horse, and faced with such power the Witch-king fled. He vanished into the shadows, and no-one marked where he had gone."

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Drawing ink + graphite pencil work, took about 5 hours. This theme was suggested to me, and boy, it took some time to find the right part (telling about the battle of Fornost) from the book. I looked for it from the Silmarillion and from the Unfinished Tales, but after all, it was in the appendix of lotr book, which would have been easiest to check...!

Drawing horses is always darn difficult - either I mess with anatomy or size (those creatures ARE huge). Better to follow good strategy and hide it under clothing or armor, hehe.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 Looking at this image makes me wish that more artists were willing to depict the Wars between the successor-Kingdoms of Arnor and Angmar; I suspect that it's a setting with a great deal of scope for Battle Scenes!  
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, I haven't seen too many fan art based on this northern campaign. When I have more time I'll focus on this one, maybe an another serie or something like that (so many events!).
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 I would genuinely love to see what manner of works you might produce when focussing on the Ruin of Arnor (not just Angmar, but the equally damaging division of the High Kingdom and the wars between it's successors), since it is one of the elements in the Appendices that interests me the most.Nod 

 I'm not sure how much this will interest you, but it seems appropriate to the topic at hand and so I thought you might find it interesting (since it's description of Angmar is particularly intriguing)

 I hope that you remain well and that your muse never falters!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I shouldnt be surprised when I see such an informative articles appearing :) I'm also familiar to this kind of rpg-related articles, quite many of those were amongst the sources of inspiration (beasts, races and armies of Middle-Earth and so on).

Heh, my muse has to struggle with enemies called Work and Computer allied with Digital Entertainment X'D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 I know that feeling, albeit such talents as I can place at the service of my Muse tend to be in the field of writing, rather than illustration (I do not envy artists their skills, because that would be ungracious, but I do sometimes wish that I could emulate or surpass them!).:) (Smile) 
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Kememmotar Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. your art is so incredible. considering so much is done in pen, the level of detail astounds me. Q.Q
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, well considering the medium there also exists so many mistakes I made X'D. But this was a nice experiment, as I absolutely hate drawing animals, hah. I always mess up the scale.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Amazing work and excellent story to go along with it :D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The story was mainly drawn from the appendix part of LotR book - or better said, my translation of it combined with some parts from sources like Tolkien Gateway.

Those horses, durrh.. if only traditional drawing would have ctrl+z XD
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Pippitypup Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Perhaps my favorite section of all with the Nazgul.
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