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Men of Dor-Lomin, to the death by Tulikoura Men of Dor-Lomin, to the death by Tulikoura
The fifth battle in the wars of Beleriand, Nírnaeth Arnoediad, as told in J.R.R. Tolkiens Silmarillion. Fourth work and sequel to my previous works, "The battle of unnumbered tears", "The Fall of Azaghál" and "Gothmog Strikes Fingon Down".

"The battle was now thoroughly lost, with Turgon reduced to maintaining a defensive line guarding the entrance to the Pass of Sirion. Húrin and Huor urged Turgon to retreat to Gondolin.

Huor, Húrin and the remaining Men of Dor-lómin formed the rearguard, thus buying time for Turgon to escape with his surviving forces. For they did not wish in their hearts to escape from the Northlands; and if they could not win back their homes, there they would stand to the end. Foot by foot they withdrew, until they came behind the Fen of Serech, and had the stream of Rivil before them. There they stood and gave way no more.

The Men of Dor-lómin indeed fought to the death. Late in the afternoon, The Sun westered and the shadows of the Ered Wethrin grew dark, Huor fell pierced with a venomed arrow in the eye, and all the valiant men of Hador were slain about him in a heap. The Orcs chopped the heads off the bodies and piled them as a mound of gold in the sunset.

Last of all Húrin stood alone."
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Ink & graphite work.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Nice work really ! I love your drawings, especially the "Balin Story" (but the "Nirnaeth one is making concurrence), my prefered one being Azaghal and Glaurung.
Is it Huor with an arrow in his eye ? :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like my works! Battle of unnumbered tears - one of my favourite moments in literature as well.

Ha, you noticed him. As I usually don't want to highlight "key" characters too much it's nice if I can blend them in the mass, and let viewers look for them.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I there Hurin then ? I'm gonna look for him :P
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I realize it's gonna be very hard : he should still use his sword and shield like every soldier cause he took his axe only when he was the last one standing. And opposite to his broher he is quite small for a Hadorling...
A clue ? :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look for a fancy helmet... ;)
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Cool :) I always imagined Hurin with a beard but I like the face of this one, he really look like the toughest of the toughests ! I aso thought he was not wearing a helmet but in fact he just didn't want to wear the dragon-helmet to see his ennemies from face-to-face so I guess he had a problem with the mask and not the helmet itself.
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Simonim Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Love it!
I don't know if you have been inspired by Gustave Doré, but this resembles his style! I really like the detail and the contrast.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm afraid G.Doré is unknown to me, I drew my inspiration from Ian Miller and Finnish artists Petri Hiltunen and Hannu Lukkarinen. After googling a bit I can say that Dorés illustrations are more "classic" and ageless :)

Thank you very much for the comment, highly appreciated!
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Sovarial Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievably awesome
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad that you like this.
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JacketFang Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Mae-Govannen!
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Flamableoven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
A master piece!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
amazing
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Jack-O-Lantern Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterpiece.

The way all the characters don't blend into one stain of ink (in the way, that you can see individual warriors everywhere) while blending together like normal warriors in a regular battle would (no repetition, just a fighting mass) is incredible.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here I almost managed to ruins this, you know. Some think, rightfully, that this looks like a real mess. Trying to get it look dark (evening), yet keeping some light in reflections in metal and armour... it was hard. While I draw individuals, the total view and result might look distant and complex. I do not quite know how to use drawing ink effectively to create some "sense of distance" in battle sceneries.

To sum this up, I made many errors, but this kind of sceneries keep me drawing, haha. I hope it can be seen here :D
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Jack-O-Lantern Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If there exists a proper way of using the drawing ink, this particular drawing is it's fine example.
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sillmarill Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
damn......this is hopeless for them..QQ
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heheh, well they crossed the famous point of no return, and had an epic last stand. This part of the story is without a doubt one of my favourites in Silmarillion.

Drawing this kind of scenes is surely fun, but it's hard to keep it clear enough.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
AURË ENTULIVA! x 70

I can but agree with other people here. You do wonderful inkworks. Keep up the good work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'll do my best!

This work isnt flawless, by no means. Sky looks odd because of graphite pencil and the way I used it. I guess I pressed it too hard. And altogether, this work could use some white to add some contrast.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Hey, isn't this theme "slightly" gloomy? There is enough contrast already, and the clouds are just perfect. Naturally there are many opinions on this issue, but I think that if there's no certain technical roughness here and there, the pic loses some of it's power. This pic has lots of "rehellinen meininki". ;-)
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Very strong image, you make very reallistic and strong battle scenes!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it looks very chaotic when I look at this it now. Definitely better than my older work, 'Battle of the Dale', but I have seen better techniques which fits this kind of theme much better.

This was the final image I had in my mind concerning this battle. So I wanted to make it look like such. And drawing this kind of scenes is always interesting.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
I liked it very much tough!
And battles must be chaotic, specially in the frontline.
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this one is awesome too ;)

i like the way you shaded it, the armors are very "metallic"
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's nice to hear, because this is quite dark picture, almost too dark (well, it's late afternoon after all so I thought strong shadows would make it feel as such).

Thank you again for the comment!
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I have to saw that the detail you put into your work is very inspiring.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to hear this can be inspiring too, thank you! Usually people think "how tedious it is to draw like that"...
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That did pass through my mind...LOL
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lomehir Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
your work always amazes me! this is mind-shattering! congrats.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much!

I'll keep the quality up, even if there are always some things I dont like... some mistakes here and there, some caused by my scanner, for example the sky here... it differs from what I originally drew, and it's a pity.
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DreamOfFire Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
AMAZING!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, thank you!
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Kryol Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
You know... I realy MUST watch your gallery!! )))
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no "must" :), but if you like my works, thank you!
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iluvobiwan91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most beautiful detail... extremely well done!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much, that's flattering.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive. I love the details. I love the details on the people, especially the expressions. Great job!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, if you think I have succeeded with the hardest part, expressions, it's a huge plus :). I still have found it easier to hide character inside armours and helms :).

Thank you for the comment again.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Sorry for my late reply.
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Impressive. :thumbsup:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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igorvet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
great work man!
fave ;)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your beautiful and detailed pictures. This really captures that last stand so perfectly. Awesome work ^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment! This work is the final to my "Battle of Unnumbered Tears" - illustrations, so glad to hear this one succeeded (my works are "quite" similar, though).

A grim end to the grim battle.
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome ^^ They're similar a little, but still awesome. They go together very well ^^

So true. It was a fitting in to the Battle of Unnumbered Tears; the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

I might not have spelled that right ^.^; I enjoyed this series! ^^
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Epic drawing is epic! :)
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