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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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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, Witch-King of Angmar is a real badass, but still fears Glorfindel. This short story about the fate of Northern Kingdom is one of my favourites.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the drama of situation, the mist-/-smoke really adds allot to it :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm quite happy with this but I think it could have been a dark evening instead of this bright "day". This white blizzard/wind/mist swirling around Witch King was one way to show that he controlled the elements in the North.

Horses are too small, but well, that was expected ;)
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woutart Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I totally missed this one, but I love it!!! I like the traditional medieval design of the Gondorians. I absolutely adore the way you have drawn the Witch-king. No nasty pointy flashy armour. But mysterious and shrouded in robes. What's beneath we may all guess at. And friggin huge!! :D

The horses are pretty good. They are difficult to draw but you did well.

You excell at scenes such as this. I applaud you :clap:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I love to draw norman-styled armours and especially ringmail. The shield on Eärnur's back looks like a heater shield to me, though. Witch-King doesn't have nasty pointy armor as he was described to wear black robes, still it was tricky to draw him well because he's quite small. I can say that I messed up perspective a bit too.

Thank you for the compliment about horses. These creatures are real suckers to draw and I swear that they start shrinking right away before ink dries... that's a citizen for you who hasn't ever stood next to a real horse. And poor Witch-King who was supposed to fled into dark shadows... good luck, you're the only one wearing black robes in this blinding white snowfield.
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woutart Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
:rofl: True that!!!

Horses are awesome creatures, especially the really big ones. I can't ride, but they are beautiful.
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Vidugavia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Cool drawing, as always! I think you handle the horses in a good way.
That war could have been made into an entire novell in itself.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think there's size issue with horses and riders but mostly because the way I drew snow failed a bit.

I agree, I was totally surprised when I found such a detailed ministory in the appendix part (same with the story about "war of the dwarves and orcs"). Worthy of novel, like you said. I would like to draw more about this event because it's just epic.
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ivoignob Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool piece! I agree with the horse problem! :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Those creatures, such a challenge to draw! Always too tiny looking even if I try to be careful. If I can't draw horses, I can't even think about drawing anything Rohan-related... Much more practising needed.
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ivoignob Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you draw a horde of horses, those anatomic errors (but I think your horses are quite good) might not strike the eyes :) Anyway, do you know "Horse Stock Heaven"?

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There's plenty of good horse stock.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. As usual, great work with the details! I love how you portray the battle atmosphere. Great job with the effects, and you certainly put an impression that he is the one to beat. Lovely work!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you think this succeeded in those aspects.

This was a funny illustration to draw, as I seldom have a chance to draw animals. Always very tricky, and horses are the worst (size, how it affects perspective, anatomy). And the more I look at this, the more I see errors, argh :D
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Looks very windy, and the atmosphere suggests panic and hurry. I like it! It must be hard to draw a horse with so many elements on it, right?
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!

Hehe, I think Fornost has snow, it was late Autumn or early winter during that battle... and I definitely wanted to add effects of "cold, gusty wind" to this - especially around the Witch-king, who could controll weather in the North as he liked.

I would say drawing a horse without gear and a rider would be a challenge too much for me. Like drawing a human face - hey, it looks far more better behind a helmet, right... right? :D
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gbindis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Haha, I was thinking exact thing about drawing the helmet instead of a face :)
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Awesome as always, J! I love it! :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, D!

It's surely fun to draw a bit "lighter" illustrations for a change. And the Northern region of Middle-Earth, oh boy how fascinating and mysterious stories... :D
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps not so intense as some of your other Middle Earth related pictures but the subject is a very interesting part of the history of the Middle Earth. The tales and history of the Northern kingdom, Arnor and later Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur have always fascinated me too. And the kingdom af Angmar also. Saddly there is very little knowledge about Angmar itself.

About the subject at hand. A good illustration of the situation which earned Eärnur to have the anger and rage of the Witch-King and later led to his doom.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, it's not a very dramatic moment nor an illustration of a epic battle. A challenge, which bore fruit many years after this event.

The theme very interesting, as you said... For an odd reason all stories that happen in northern regions are the most intriguing ones (Pohjola ftw! ;)).

Thank you for the comment!
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73XV Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:wow: I love it! Really really amazing work
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like this!
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Joetjuhh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know who suggested this one, but it really proved to be a good suggestion! I really like this part of the history of Middle-Earth, while this period is always somehow underappriciated and there isn't much known about it. I really like the scene you drew!
I'm now reading the History of Middle earth part 6, and it says that Glorfindel of Rivendell is the same as Glorfindel of Gondolin. But as you may know, the History of Middle Earth describes the process of writing of Tolkien by his son. At that point of writing ( part 6 is about The Return of the Shadow aka The Fellowship of the Ring, so around 1938 ) Glorfindel of Rivendell and Gondolin seems to be the same. It could've been altered in the process of writing though, but I dunno yet as I'm not that far ahead. You perhaps know if he's still the same? When I've read the Unfinished Tales I always wondered if Glorfindel was the same Glorfindel as in LOTR.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right, he's the very same Glorfindel. He fought against Balrog and died with it when the city of Gondolin was destroyed in the first age, but he was given Valar's permission to return to Middle-Earth because of his deeds. Surely a true elven lord, a hero of old - one of the few who can stand against the Witch-king.

I'm glad you like this one, this was fun to draw. I think I even succeeded to draw those damn horses.

I agree, the story is fascinating. War of the North, struggle between Dúnedain and Angmar, it's epic. After a long serie it feels refreshing to pick an interesting theme and just draw.

Book called the History of Middle-Earth? Damn, there are so many books related to Middle-Earth that haven't been translated into Finnish...
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Joetjuhh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Just read them in English! ;) I do too.
It's a serie of 12 books composed by Christopher Tolkien (yes, his son), with the sketches and original manuscripts of John Tolkien. Really worth reading, if you like the history of Middle earth, and the writing process. It isn't really 'a book' that is called the History of Middle-Earth, but as I said, its a serie of books. You can always pick out one of the 12 if you dont like the others. Its not like that you wont follow it if you didnt read them all :)
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the b&w style. Brilliant pic!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yet another instance where Glorfindel is so damned OP.


(awesome drawing as always ;))
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Yep, Glorfindel is a hellova character: Balrog-beating-Nazgul-frightener-Fellowship-saviour. The history of Middle-Earth surely is interesting with characters like this!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, you drew it! Your details are amazing as always, and I love how there seems to be a sort of misty effect in front of the horses on the right side.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, thank you for the suggestion! It was nice to refresh this part of the Middle-Earth's history - and while I searched for this part I read many other stories I had almost forgotten. Double win here.

Getting the size of horses and riders was one issue, perspective another. Because this is mainly done with drawing ink, it's good to know it works in a way or another.
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Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
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Kyulove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Amazing.....I can sense the heavy atmosphere of the battle
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for commenting, good to know this drawing succeeded in that aspect!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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