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Commission: Isildur and Sauron by Tulikoura Commission: Isildur and Sauron by Tulikoura
This is a commission work for :iconethalenskye:, who won 3rd prize from :iconthelotrclub:'s Aragorn contest. Pen & Ink work.

"The War of the Last Alliance began in Second Age 3434. Sauron's forces were defeated in the Battle of Dagorlad on the plain outside Mordor, and the army of the Last Alliance, led by Gil-galad and Elendil, entered Sauron's realm and laid siege to Barad-dur. The siege lasted seven years. The Alliance suffered heavy losses from missiles and fire cast from the tower, including Isildur's brother Anarion who died in SA 3440, and Sauron also sent many sorties against the attackers.

In SA 3441 Sauron himself came down from his tower, and he forced Gil-galad and Elendil to fight. That was a grim battle between kings of free people and Dark Lord. At last Sauron's body was cast down, but Gil-galad and Elendil died in the struggle; Elendil's sword Narsil broke beneath him as he fell.

Isildur, one of the few who had the courage to face Sauron, took up the hilt of Narsil and used the broken blade to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand; and Sauron's spirit fled from his body."
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wait where is Gil-Galad he was to be burnt to death y sauron so shouldent his body be near 
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's lying there, left from sauron's leg.
badbloodpredator131 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
oh i see him he is the only one that looks like a burnt peace of stake 
Adorianu666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
He looks like ordinary orc here -_- not like Dark Lord...
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 Proof positive that even daring to finish off a wounded Sauron requires more than common courage (which implies that taking him on at full health must require self-sacrificing tendencies or a SERIOUS Grudge!).

 Master Tulikoura, might I please ask if you have any intentions of producing further art featuring The Last Alliance? (I must admit that this is one of my favourite events in the entire Appendices - basically The Free Peoples take on The Enemy swords-and-sandals style AGAIN … and this time they WIN! - it's a bit like The Silmarillion without the hopelessly tragic ending). 
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D true that. No wonder it was only few souls who dared to oppose him. I have to admit that I had serious troubles trying to depict that terror look on him ^^; (for example my bro wasn't convinced at all, haha... he's the voice of truth usually)

Heh, master... hmmm, why not? I have planned to draw something based on northern campaign (Witch-king of Angmar) first, though. But this is grand war surely follows then... True, but the war didnt end without great losses, it felt lika a pyrrhic victory to me :(
Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 I'm not so sure about that; it was a tragic victory and as it turned out a relatively short-term one, but the Power of Sauron was broken to such a degree that it took him an entire Age to even approach his former potency (and eat away, as well as grind down his foes - or just take advantage of natural disasters - to the point where they were too militarily weak to defeat him in the field, but even so were able to out-fight his minions and out-think The Enemy!).

 I'd honestly argue that the Disaster of the Gladden Fields was more of of a Phyrric victory FOR SAURON; it would have been a lot easier to find The Ring if it were an heirloom of Arnor and that horrid thing would have likely reduced the High Kingdom to a state even worse than the Witch-King was able to leave them in.

 Consider that the Dunedain of Arnor were scattered and neither broken nor corrupted; in fact life in the shadows seems to have made them more dangerous, if anything!
JeanaNormandie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I love the use of the hammer and the strong stances, as well as how Sauron's shield looks like it was ripped right off a giant tree. Your style lends amazingly to this scene. Great job!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Bark-shield, heh well that sounds interesting.

And sorry for the late reply.
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
brilliant work i love how your depiction of evil, while unmistakably evil is not dependent upon these all too obvious rising spikes points like john howe's work (and subsequently the movies) this depiction of sauron is so menacing, and i like how you've given him a face, but not a descript, emotive human face, it looks like one of those silver eqyptian facemasks or tikkis or giant olmec heads come to life, aloof and godly (that's a thing i've played around with myself) and i like how you dont rely on extensive plate armor for either of them (an all too common pitfall for tolkien art)

superb work
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