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Misty Mountains Reached by Tulikoura Misty Mountains Reached by Tulikoura
In 2989 T.A Balin left the Lonely Mountain, and lead an expedition to colonize Moria. Balins expedition was well-armoured and armed, for he knew they couldn't just walk into Moria; even though most of the orcs in Misty Mountain were slain during the Battle of Five Armies, there would certainly be some left.

Balin had consulted King Dáin, who was a participant and a hero of War which raged few hundred years ago, where dwarves completely wiped out orcs in the region of Nanduhirion. On that victorious day no one entered Moria as Dáin prevented it out of fear.

Balin was sure the prophecy Dáin made after the Battle of Nanduhirion was going to be fulfilled soon. But what Balin feared to find in Moria wasn't orcs, for it was something more sinister that has remained long in the dwarven lore. This puzzled Balin during his journey.

Would Durin's Bane still be there? Does The Expedition have enough force to banish it? Or is Durin's Bane a myth, just an euphemism for destruction of civilization in Khazad-Dûm?

When The Expedition reached Misty Mountains, their road lead them to south and closer to their ancient home.
Drawing ink & graphite pencil work. I made this in two or three hours, and I'm quite happy with the result. Sceneries like this have always "added some fuel" to my imagination.

Second illustration to "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist
I allways wondered how big this expedition really was. :3
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way Tolkiens leave so much gaps to fill with imagination. Especially in Balin's journey - there isn't too much information about it. That's why it's so fun to illustrate!
Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
yes, that's something awesome, but as well sometimes frustrating... that's why sometimes I wonder as well from where people come with numbers of troopers in tolkien's battles and casualities and such. XD
Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i got this awesome feeling of freedom when i watch this drawing m8 :)
you captured a magic atmosphere, love your works keep it up ! :)
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks for commenting! I'm glad this arouses that kind of feelings.

Keeping it up, surely ;)
OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great as always.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
HelenaCarter Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That is marvelous! I love the picture and the writting is good aswell!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you very much for both! The truth is, that nothing beats Tolkiens own narration, but when there exists so little material, fan fiction and own ideas takes place.
HelenaCarter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Totally true and why not! You are welcome by the way! :D
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