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Nar at the gate of Moria by Tulikoura Nar at the gate of Moria by Tulikoura
"Erebor had been sacked many years ago. Thror, now old, poor, and desperate left the Dunland, heading to Khazad-Dum with his only companion Nar, and crossing the Redhorn Pass came down into Azanulbizar.

When Thror came to Moria the Gate was open. Nar begged him to beware, but he took no heed of him, and walked proudly in as an heir that returns. But he did not come back. One day Nar heard a loud shout and the blare of a horn, and a body was flung out on the steps. Fearing that it was Thror, he began to creep near, but there came a voice from within the gate:

"Come on, beardling! We can see you. But there's no need to be afraid today. We need you as messenger."

Then Nar came up, and found that it was indeed the body of Thror, but the head was severed and lay face downwards. As he knelt there, he heard orc-laughter in the shadows.

Nar turned the head and saw branded on the brow in Dwarf-runes so that he could read it the name AZOG. That name was branded in his heart and in the hearts of all dwarves afterwards.

That was the beginning of the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs, which was long and deadly, and fought for the most part in deep places beneath the earth."
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Pen & Ink work, a quick illustration. First illustration to my "war of the dwarves and orcs" - serie.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is a terriffic illustration. i think what impresses me most is how well you've caught the layout of the scene as (sparingly) described by tolkien, the body thrown out on the stairs, the voice of azog from within. i love how the orcs are this indescript clamor of figures in the shadows, close enough to be heard but still largely unseen and threatening (that was always hard to visualize, i think it really helps that you gave moria doors) plus nar is absolutely wonderful, the pose the clothing, the exprssion of pain on his aged face. it's all great, and as one or two commentors have already remarked i love the way you composed this piece, it has such an old time children's book illustration feel to it, whimsical but grim at the same time. a perfect stylistic match for tolkien
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the charm of Tolkien's stories, letting imagination do the work while still giving enough details and information. For this reason it's fun to see how other artist's have imagined same sceneries and persons to look like. When it comes to composing of this illustration... well, this design for Moria's west gate was "bad" in a way how it caused problems later in this serie (it's quite narrow looking space so I added some turns to stairs etc). And usually I draw "full" versions but this one looked fine as it is for some reason. Backgrounds aren't my strongest points and usually I get feedback like "it doesn't look finished" if I leave some white space (frankly speaking, quite many times I have just stopped before I do any mistake, hah).

Thank you for the in-depth comment!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love your Azanulbizar peice where we see the climbing walls of the west gate from far off, with the dwarves under the eaves of the trees. It conveys the size of the structure, much better than the movies (not to rag on the movies, i loved them, but when I think an artist has done them one better I usually mention it)
I see you're too young (if you were in middle school from 01 to 03) to be this person, but at first I thought you might have been this tolkien artist (who's name escapes me) who did some pen and ink illustrations of the battle of Helm's Deep, utumno, the west gate of moria, and a few others, which featured in a david day book (I think it was "encyclopedia of middle earth") from back in the 90's. I'm guessing you might know who I mean, your style reminds me alot of them.
"au contraire" on the backgrounds, I love that style of pen work where an image will "bleed" on the egdges and in the light spots, allowing the white paper behind to do most of the work. It's that old engraving style you see alot of in old-time book illustrations. I did a lot of work in something like that style for a series of illustrations which, regrettably, i cant put up yet (until the book comes out) only I did them in pencil, which is kind of a cop out (I didnt quite have the guts for pen)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you mean Ian Miller. I have that book in my bookshelf and needless to say, that artist's style has inspired me a lot. I love his heavy usage of black and how he draws "shiny" metal, as light reflects from the surface. Great stuff.

Usage of "white space" is something I need to practise more. Most of my earlier works are very, say, "dark indistinguishable mass" as described by some viewers thanks little to none contrast between objects. And in some works I didn't know how to draw sky/clouds in a good manner so I left those blank - and people say it's sun, as it's so bright compared to the rest of the image...

Hmh, "only did..." In capable hands pencil creates very soft and vivid look, which can't really be compared to ink-based tools. I dare to say your art doesn't lose to Lee or Howe in that sense.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
As a huge fan of Dwarves like you I thougt I should let you know that Dwarves don't get bald. That's at least what Tolkien stated in one occasion (can't find the quotation right now but if you want I'll make some research) and he never described a bald dwarf so it's probably a permanent statement :)

Your drawing is still awesome though, I like how Moria looks in the same time amazing and real in your drawings, and I have to say that even knowing it I can't prevent myself from seeing bald-dwarves in my head. :D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaa, challenge accepted! This is the same as arguments where people swear they have read about how dúnedain don't have beards or moustache due elven blood while others swear that they have never ever seen those lines (fyi, I belong to the former group...)

Don't get nightmares there, ha ha, for that's what artist's liberty can cause. I personally regret the day when I carelessly clicked lotr-images under tag "bishie Sauron" :XD:
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Ho you did nor understand me : I don't get nightmare cause of your bald-dwarve. I was saying I still continue myself, even if i know there are no bald-dwarves, to see some dwarves as bald. It's a strong "cliche" and I learnt it only lately so it's difficult to eliminate it.

Bishie Sauron ? You are speaking about this : [link] ? It's not that chocking though. Not like "chibi Sauron", with those my eyes are bleeding...

But I was not kiddding. :) I say a lot of b***s*** about Tolkien but here I was sure cause when I rode that I was chocked. Here is the quotation :
"The Making of Appendix A" Part IV:
Durin's Folk suggests different Dwarf "breeds" vary in longevity, giving an average life expectancy of 250 years in the Third Age, though some made it to 300. Dwarves are said to "harden" and gain the appearance of age (by human standards) quickly. Between the ages of 40 and 240 was their prime, and they looked much alike in age. During this time their capacity for toil and fighting was equally great amongst most Dwarves. After 240 they began to age, wrinkle, and go white quickly (though they don't go bald). While immune to the diseases that affected Men and Halflings, they could suffer from corpulence (a danger when they had stable lodgings), and if they grew very fat at 200 or before, they couldn't do much except eat afterwards."

Sorry :/

On bearded Dunedain it's also an interisting subject (I saw you commenting long time ago about that on one of Merlkir's drwaings). Here is what I know :
- Tolkien never said "all Dunedain". The only Dunedain we know with elvish blood are the line of Elros and the Princes of Dol Amroth. All the others are not concerned.
- But it's true that Tolkien said that. You can find it at the End of the texy called "of Amroth and Nimrodel" in the Unfinished tales II (I only have a french version so you'll have to look by yourself) : the elvish blood could be seen in some men cause they didn't have beard (an elvish thing) or something like that. Unfortunately it's only a resume from Cristopher and not the exact words of Tolkien, so it's difficult to know if Tolkien was speaking about ALL men with Elvish blood or just some.
- Cause Tolkien don't tell anything for Boromir or Aragorn for example. But we know two "men" with Elves ancestors and beards (as I said to Merlkir) : Theoden with a long white beard and the statue of the King of Gondor, at the Cross-roads.

So I don't know about that, I prefer to say nothing as long as nobody said "Dunedain don't have beards".

No I don't have answers to everything. Yes I still like your drawing.

Have a good day (or a good night, I don't know) ;)
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
*bald dwarF, my bad
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Bladescream Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm utterly amazed at your artwork, and certainly no less this piece. I've read this part of the story in the appendices many times, but I've never come across a work of art that illustrates the scene so closely as I've seen it in my mind - except this one. I imagine this is what it must have looked like, if pictures went along with the story. But aside from the amazing depiction, your talent is also incredible. :) Thanks so much for sharing your artwork for all to see - I'm glad that you did, because works like this are rare.
Also, I'm fond of the way you depicted the orcs/goblins. Of all things Tolkien-related, they seem to be among the most mysterious as far as appearances go. They're shady in the book; we don't really know what they look like aside from subtle hints that could be interpreted in so many ways. It's hard for me to come across an orc picture that I like, but yours is one of them.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like this! Hehe, it's quite flattering when someone thanks me for drawing, as I do it just for my own joy. Still, it's somehow nice to know someone's image about the scene matches with mine. I love how many Tolkien artists here are - everyone are able to find something that is similar to their vision of the Middle-Earth. There aren't too much artwork made about "war of the dwarves and orcs", which is a shame, though... but on the other hand that was an aspect that inspired me to draw. Stories about dwarves are very sad and still almost ignored; this was another reason.

Ah, orcs and goblins. Tolkien masterfully left enough room for imagination when describing certain locations and creatures. There are surely as many versions of orcs as there are artists! I think my version is strongly influenced by the great artist Ian Miller, like my style altogether.

Thank you very much for the comment!
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JamesCloudy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
That is amazing! my favourite piece
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like this. This was the first drawing I made to the "War between Dwarves and Orcs" -serie which was fun to draw. Chronological drawing might be a real pain in the ass sometimes, but luckily it wasn't the case in this serie - from the gate to the pyres all events were equally interesting and fun to illustrate.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, now that I've seen the whole series, I'm even more impressed. All those details! And yet you manage to keep the focus on the heart of the picture each time. As another commenter has already said, you're really bringing the emotions of the story across - not an easy feat with dwarves (I think)! And now you've made me want to go and read up on this storyline.
Great job all around!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching this serie and for the in-depth comment. Whole idea was to tell this story (in short) using my point of view, story which is rare even to some Tolkien fans I think.

It isnt easy to "add" some emotions to illustration, as facial expressions are still hard to draw... so I wouldnt brag myself and tell I have succeeded in that aspect. Its up to viewer to decide. But when you tell it works, it naturally adds my confidence.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it works very well! I find facial expressions very hard even with bare Elvish faces, and would probably find them impossible with additional beards, so I admire your efforts all the more. (And I definitely think you succeeded :))
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Very emotive piece! You have the gift of transmit emotion in your drawings. The composition is also a strong point here.
I love your expressive style of crosshatching.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I have to say I consider myself succeeded if you think my drawings can provoke feelings. This work isnt flawless, after all - some mistakes with drawing ink which are hard to hide.

Here I tried to "restrain" the area I drew, as I noticed full-sized picture may have been too complicated. Not entirely new thing to me, but it was worth of trying - and it was naturally faster to draw.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
One that I like the most!
You make it all emotion and feeling. Reminds me of Gustave Doré, in some expressive pieces of him.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a beautiful drawing ! I love it

by the way, at the beginning it reminded me a scene from Final Fantasy 9, when we're going to Freija's birth city ^^ xD
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds interesting, although I have to admit I dont have any FF experience. It's a shame, considering how great serie it is. But thank you for the comment!
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're most welcome ! xD
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Laleanen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
The emotion in this piece took my breath away. Thank you for sharing it.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you for watching this and for the comment altogether. I appreciate what you said.
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Whoa! You really got an amazing style! And yes, there is emotion in this drawing!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I appreciate this.
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ArvenaPeredhel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Tolkien always did have a knack for breaking my heart... he's about the only man to do that consistently. Anyhow, awesome job capturing Nar's emotion. I can't even begin to imagine what finding my friend like that would feel like.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It truly was a gruesome moment. Thank you for the comment, it's nice to hear I managed to bring some of those emotions across.

Although, it's hard to transfer your feelings to the paper after reading, and Tolkien's stories really arouse strong feelings.
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work ^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)!
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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Einaari Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
This picture is absolutely amazing, full of atmosphere. You've got a great skill in drawing dwarves.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's naturally up to the viewer to decide if this success to bring across the "message" - Nars sorrow of his companions, and masters, death. I appreciate very much comments concerning this aspect, so thank you.

Something in the Tolkiens dwarves and their history just appeals, usually I prefer to draw something related to that race instead of elves or men.
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Cayme Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student Photographer
fabulous :wow:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you like this!
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Cayme Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student Photographer
no problem :aww:
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really sad..., the atmosphere is great, i also like the story you wrote

techniques are exellent , the expressions are great !
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment, glad you like this!

The text is quite directly from Lotr book, only a bit shorter. I imagine that this is like a book illustration, and like said, Tolkien describes it best. The text gives more depth, gives a meaning and so supports the illustration.
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that´s very true, it´s like the music in a movie
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know what to say - I just like it so much...
You know, creating the illustrations to Silmarillion that concern dwarven history, you touch me deeply in my heart. I always felt respect and interest toward dwarves, I always wanted to see more pictures of them... And here you are! :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. Well I, too, think there's something special in Tolkien's world, especially when it comes to dwarves and their lore. Being a very secretive race, usually mentioned when facing great sorrow and loss. In my view, Tolkien's books aren't stories about happy times, but maybe that makes it formidable to read them.

I havent seen illustrations concerning these subjects, but maybe that's a good side; I can draw without being 'influenced' (in good and bad) by other artists.
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Todella hieno työ jälleen!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia vaan! Tulin inspiroituneeksi muiden töitä katsellessa, joten kokeilin tälläista vauhdikasta "kuvitusmaisempaa" tyyliä.

Ajattelin tästä ikään kuin prologia tähän uusimpaan projektiin mitä piirtelen.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done. This is full of emotions. I really love how you portray the expression on this picture. Great job! :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you I appreciate your comments like always.

Many things affects to the mood of picture, and it seems I have some kind of luck if people think I have succeeded. But it sounds obvious as the artist is kinda blind to his own work - to its mistakes and possible "happy" results.

Thank you for pointing out these aspects, but surely there are negative things too no one mentions (maybe it's because if you dont like the work, you just ignore it...)
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Grishend Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.

I think in each art there are negative things, it's just that not everyone can point out the negative ones. To be frank for me it's hard to find, because I'm a positive guy, so I mostly see the positive side.
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Dadel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
fuck man this is incredible. it brings tears to my eyes, and I assure you I don't get overwhelmed that easily.
the text really adds to your piece, but seperated it is still of a sad, quiet beauty I do not often see.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, but should I say I'm happy to hear if this provokes such a reaction...? This sounds like a cliché, but... Positive or negative reaction, it's "arts task" to call fort different kind of feelings. Theme I draw is sad by itself, so it's understandable.

I think text is quite essential, naturally for a person who havent read the book but it can also affect to the picture and especially its mood, I have noticed. Naturally, Tolkien describes it best.
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Dadel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Mmm, you have a point here. hehe unnecessary to say I was a little emotional when I wrote that down, though if I look at it in an 'empty mood', I still think it's a good picture and fits the text well. Now I feel it's more epic, the Tolkien epicness:p
what kind of emotions would you like your work to provoke? I wonder...and do you sometimes think of broadening the subject of your art? Because I am quite interested in what more you could achieve:)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have written couple of very spontaneus comments, which would have been "a bit" different if I only had waited some time after seeing the artwork. Not that I want to remove those comments, better not to worry too much if your feelings are even quite the same ;)

It's very hard to say about emotions I want to provoke, as work can be full of feeling to artist himself but not to anyone else, or the contrary. But I have noticed that I tend to select themes which are sad and melancholic to me.

"broadening the subject of your art"... and here I thought I draw various subjects already, but I dont know, after all :). Sometimes I try to draw something totally different for a change (I'm still a bit bitter because I hardly use colours at all when I draw...).
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Dadel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
mm.. why don't you try to use colors? I bet it would look awesome!:)

I can see you aren't bound to one particular subject, but I suppose it would be a nice change for you or just a fun experiment to use the skills you have for different scenes than you do now. I mean, I think it could work out really cool if you would draw a dark scene of a urban environment with his surpressed and unhappy citizens. or something=p. of course I am just babbling, but when I imagine how you would be able to picture the nightmare of nowadays life, I imagine some very nice stuff:)

or something else, you know, it's not like you're bound to certain subjects, it's just what you want to put effort in of course. I love your work as you make it now:)

and thanks for reassuring me about the comment;)
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