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Last Moments by Tulikoura Last Moments by Tulikoura
In the Chamber of Mazarbul survivors of the colony spent their last moments. After four dwarves returned from the West-gate both doors in the Chamber were closed and barricaded. Only a few dwarf had survived during these long days; not enough to defend both of the doors.

The history of the Balin's expedition was written down to a book, and so was its fate. Ori added the last pages. He wrote both well and quickly in large, bold hand using an Elvish script, and his beautiful handwriting was used to write down sad things. To the last page he wrote;

"We cannot get out. We cannot get out. They have taken the bridge and Second Hall. Frár and Lóni and Náli fell there bravely while the rest retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul. Óin’s party went five days ago but today only four returned. The pool is up to the wall at West-gate. The Watcher in the Water took Óin ---

We cannot get out. The end comes soon. We hear drums, drums in the deep."

A moment before it was all over, he wrote a trailing scrawl of elf-letters;

"They are coming."

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Drawing ink + graphite pencil work, made in 3 hours.

Eleventh illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 As close to being perfect as humanly possible.
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Leggy1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Death itself doesn`t frighten me if its sudden and unexpected but waiting for it alone in a place like that at the hands of those creatures... It really must have been horrifying. Orcs and Goblins seldom give quik and easy deaths after all. Great illistration btw. Hmmm little Ori has grown quite a bit sence Thorin set out to reclaim Erebor.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, that's true. Death after being hunted and trapped isn't a pleasant one... and members of the fellowship were terrified after reading his last log for a good reason. Moria chapters are the best LotR book can offer in my opinion.

Thank you for the comment, I love to read people's views and opinions about lotr :)
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Naivara Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful and sad ;u;
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely a sad story, this Balin's one.
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Oikeus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Todella upeaa viivatyöskentelyä, itse en ole koskaan oikein oppinut tekemään musteella ja lyijykynillä mitään, joten en voi kuin ihmetellä kuinka upeaa jälkeä olet saanut aikaiseksi. Ja mistä todella pidän tässä ovat nuo varjot jotka heijastuvat tuonne seinälle.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia kommentista! Tässä työssä harmittaa vain vinot riimut - sen siitä saa kun tekee työn osissa eikä seuraa miten äskettäin piirretty osio linkittyy uuteen. Tämän "sarjan" piirtämisessä oli muuten ihan hyvä draivi päällä ja Tolkienin tarinoista tämä on yksi hienoimpia, vaikka pienessä osassa onkin.
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Oikeus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Voin todeta etteivät omiin silmiini nuo riimut niin vinoilta näytä, että ne yhtään häiritsisivät. Mutta eikös se niin olekin, että tekijä itse ei ole koskaan aivan tyytyväinen lopputulokseen.

Itsellä käy kanssa noita mokia, yleensä vaan niin päin että teen hirveällä kiireellä, enkä jaa miettimään miltä lopputulos tulee näyttämään.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are Coming...Drums...Drums...Drums...
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably one of the greatest moments in fantasy literature.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it is. I must go back this weekend and read it again.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist
They are coming
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most haunting part of the Fellowship of the Ring. Still sends shivers running down my spine everytime I read it.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
yes... that's why is one of my prefeered parts of the book. :3
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OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That scene really griped me when my mother read it to me when i was little and it's still a great scene
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a powerful scene indeed, Gandalf reading the book of Mazarbul and the moment, when the Fellowship learns the fate of Balin's expedition. It sends shivers running down my spine when I think about that situation.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the expression. Excellent work with the wall, as the scriptures, the shadows, and the details look really great. Great job as usual!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I love the shadows on the wall. And I like this particular moment.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this part in the book as well. I was unsure if I should add those shadows on the wall at all, but eventually it looked better this way. It gives a feeling that something bad is happening. Thanks for letting me know it suits this scene :)
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taltalevi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing, beautiful topic! I'm reading the book all over again, and I just got to that part.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That part, my friend, is the best part of the book. Every time I read it (about once a year) Moria chapter still sends shivers down my spine after all these years.

Thank you for the comment!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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angelprincess101 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I am able to say is-WOW! This is incredible! I am absolutely amazed! Please continue drawing! You are super!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very flattering, thank you very much!
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angelprincess101 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're extremely welcome!
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Ori looks pretty calm and ordered for someone about to die. But then, that's the dwarves for you. Stoic in the face of doom. Another nice close-up pic, allowing for more detail on the face and armor. I like all the runes on the back wall. Kudos on giving Ori a sword, too, axes are kinda overdone on dwarves.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I can say that facial expressions are not my speciality. I rarely get the expression illustrated which I wanted to draw, but it's close enough. Determined to add the last lines before joining the battle, that is.

Glad you like the runes, those aren't just random scribble here you know. I think it's an important feature in a close-up illustration like this. Not perfect and in Finnish of all things, but it was actually fun to write those now when there was enough space for that.

You're right about the "axe cliché". I have drawn more spears, pikes, swords and maces to dwarven soldiers just to get rid of that. But oh well, halberd and pike is my favourite weapon to draw if I have to choose something...

Thank you for the in-depth comment!
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great details!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! If I can take some pride of something, that would be detailing. Runes have a meaning here, and armours (especially ringmails) are always nice to draw.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's nice to see this portrayed since I've only read about if before. You've really captured the emotion, and I like the shadows on the wall. Great job :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's true that there're no illustrations, as far as I know, about this theme. It's a shame, really, but on the other hand it gives artist a "freedom" without other influences.

Thank you for the comment, and glad that you like this.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the pic and the text from Tolkien.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's true, best narration comes from Tolkien.
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Stunning, so much atmosphere, it's beautiful :heart:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you, glad you think this succeeded.
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Your welcome :aww:
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iDreamo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Wow. It reminds me of those pictures drawn in old books like Oliver Twist. Only this looks cooler.

Spectacular
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, I see. I can say that "old school" book illustrations inspired me to start drawing in the first place.

Thank you for the comment.
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Git23 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
very nice work
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, its just stunning.
I love how accurate you work on the runes and the funiture (even if its not much in this piece of art) and I just fall in love with the great details you give to your pictures. I mean just look at the men/dwarfs armor, just amazing! Also his face, I personaly find it pretty challenging to drew old looking characters but you did a good job with it.
I'm just always happy to see a watchermessage with your name in it and I was never dissapointed. Thank you.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the in-depth comment. I appreciate this a lot.

It is very challenging to draw facial expressions, that's true and that's one "field" I cant brag. I rarely can draw the expression I want. Thick beard helps, haha... and helmets, and so on. Glad to hear Ori's face succeeded in your opinion.

Small detailing is another thing, I like that. For example, these runes on the wall aren't just random scribble ;) - there're many sentences about the history of Balin's expedition and stuff like that (although in Finnish - I didn't pay attention to it until it was too late).
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. I just love to stalk your gallery, like I said it makes me remember how big my fantasy love actually is.

Really? I think you didn't do so bad but I guess, an artist always see it with other eyes...I know that ;)
But yeah, in my eyes it was a success, I love how calm he looks even if its somehow strange while you thinking that hes gonna die soon..I don't know I just think it fits there.
(Sorry for my bad grammar/englisch, its not my native language.)

So do I. I love when people think about there pictures and try to give them meaning and put some symbolism in it.
Unfortunate I can't read/understand finnish, only thinks I can say are 'Minä rakastan sinua' and of course 'perkele'.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
English isn't my native language either, but your English seems perfect to me. Thank you for your words.

Hahaa, congratulations for clearing the 1st stage of Finnish grammar :D. Both with feeling!

Fyi, runes on the wall repeat sentences line "Balin, Lord of Moria/Son of Fundin/ captured Moria/is now Lord of Moria... Maps/Book runes on the books... Name of months carved next to them... etc.
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Thank you but your englisch isn't bad either.

Yes! Thank you...so how far will I come with my finnish?
I would love to learn finnish and there would be many courses here (not like for welsh where you didn't find anything) for it but the time^^;

Ah, thank you for the translating!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finnish is regarded as most difficult language to learn, mind you. Sometimes it feels that even Finns are struggling with it, haha. Suffixes, without a doubt, makes students crazy because those from past tenses and so on; tulen, tulet, tulette, tulemme... I come, you come, you come -plural-, we come... Talo, taloon, talossa, talosta... a house, to a house, in a house, from a house... :D

A theory why Finns are so quiet and ponder long before answering lies in a complicated structure of grammar and sentences, some foreigners say. Not like in Japanese, where the most important part of the sentence comes dead last, and can totally change the whole meaning.

Because Finnish is a tricky language itself, learning others is relatively easy I think. German is one of my favourites, and I study it a bit in the university along with my main subjects. I presume you're a German? Auf wiedersehen then ;)
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know even if it doesn't looked so hard till I've heard different versions of the word freedeom (vapautta, vapaus and one more which I forget *cough*).
But still, finnish is really popular by young people here, at least I know a lot who wants to learn it too (mostly because Finland is famous for metal and the people just want to speak a metal-language ^^;) but I think Finland is also a damn beautiful country.
Elder people usually want to learn danish instead.
Ok, thats looks complicated but I still want to learn it someday. (I'm a languagemaniac, I love them all and want to learn them all :))

Thats would make sense. We here have the stereotype about Finns that there all pervs (because all people in the north are), don't like other people, are depressed all the year and that their drink beer 24hours a day. So thats why their don't speak much.
Yes it really does, its so great when you look anime and then talk with other people about the language and stuff.

Depends I guess. But I don't speak a tricky language anyways (just englisch, french, german and I understand some others like spanish, danish/norwegian and dutch).
Oh what did you study? Yes, I'm German ;) Dir auch auf wiedersehen.
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AmyBurton Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, vapauden was the one I forgot^^;
But its kinda funny to hear that it seem that even finns are struggling with their own language.
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