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Mirrormere by Tulikoura Mirrormere by Tulikoura
"--- But still the sunken stars appear
In dark and windless Mirrormere;
There lies his crown in water deep
Till Durin wakes again from sleep."

On the tenth of November Balin, lord of Moria, went alone to look in Mirrormere. This lake is sacred to the Dwarves of Durin's folk; it has been told that during the Years of the Trees, Durin the Deathless wandered south to Dimrill Dale, and he looked down in it and saw a crown above his head, being the reflection of stars above, despite the fact it was day and the stars should not have been visible. Taking the crown as a sign, Durin founded the great city of Khazad-dm beneath the mountains that surrounded Mirrormere.

A pillar called Durin's Stone was placed along the banks of the lake to mark the event. But many centuries without repairing and maintaining hadn't left without marks. In Balin's day Durin's Stone was cracked and weather-worn, and the faint runes upon its side could not be read anymore.

None knows if Balin saw Durin's crown from the reflection of that deep water, for he was ambushed; an orc shot him from behind a stone. Guards that were too far weren't able to aid Balin before he fell, but they slew the orc; but many more came up from east up the river...

So ended Balin's reign in Moria; and his death was a prologue to the horrible end of his expedition.
Graphite pencil work, about 4 hours. I couldn't find a proper way to illustrate this kind of sceneries, so this is a graphite pencil attempt.

Seventh illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 As beautiful as Tolkien's dream of Middle-Earth (if a fairly bleak portion of that world).
JamesCloudy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Really nice concept
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.

I would like to try a version with drawing ink some day but well, graphite pencil suits this kind of sketching better. It really forgives a lot while one's drawing. And once I think of this... it might be impossible for me to create enough sense of depth with a drawing ink.
Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
That song from the book gives me the shivers. Mirrormere's an incredibly evocative place and with this drawing you gave it justice.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, it's a mysterious place according to the lore. I haven't seen artwork related to this scenery so it was fun to build my own view.

And this song "The shadow lies upon his tomb" is definitely my life-time favourite. Very grim indeed.
Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist
I allways loved the tragic story of the Balin's expedition in Moria. :O!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's my favourite as well. Not a happy story, like most of the Tolkien's stories related to the dwarven history, but very memorable.
Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
yeah: poor dwarves, they aren't done for happy endings in the middle earth, I'm afraid.
notofthisearth Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Well Done.

Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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