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The Battle of Nanduhirion by Tulikoura The Battle of Nanduhirion by Tulikoura
"The great war fought between dwarves and orcs climaxed in T.A. 2799, when a final battle was fought in the valley outside the eastern gates of Moria, the Battle of Nanduhirion, or Azanulbizar as the Dwarves called it.

For nine years dwarves hunted for Azog in every den under mountain. At last all the orcs that had fled before them were gathered in Moria, and the dwarf-host in pursuit came to Azanulbizar. That was a great vale that lay between the arms of the mountains about the lake of Kheled-zaram, and had of old been a part of the kingdom of Khazad-dum. When the dwarves saw the gate of their ancient mansions upon the hill-side they sent up a great shout like thunder in the valley. But a great host of foes was arrayed on the slopes above them, and out of the gates poured a multitude of orcs that had been held back by Azog for the last need.

So began the Battle of Azanulbizar, at the memory of which the orcs still shudder and the dwarves weep."
Pen & Ink work, about 10 hours. This was great fun to do. Third illustration to my "war of the dwarves and orcs" - serie.
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
god damn, this is some awesome stuff!!

love your inking, gives it all such a grim feel:)
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Mimmugirl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Lovely art!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, kiva että pidät :)
Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I appreciate the originality of your Tolkien subjects.
Always loved the Durin's people lore and especially the war against the orcs!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! The history of Durin's folk is full of epic moments but also Pyrrhic victories, like this war. Very interesting subject and was surely fun to draw.

Originality? Doesn't all artists have their own style. Do you refer to the "movie" look which some seem to prefer?
Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I was speacking about the subjects you chose, about the fact that they're mainly not among the most known.
And yes, as far as I'm concerned, not being influenced by the movies is a good thing.

Lots of half-victories and tremendous losses for the dwarves... they seem quite the unlucky people to me. :/
Caradepato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Im loving your depictions of the war between dwarves and orcs. Havent been able to find any other depictions. Also, i like your depiction of maille and scale armour, just like any in text depictions of the armour of middle earth.
Simply put: I love your illustrations.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this! It's true that there aren't many depictions about this war - however, that was one of the triggers that encouraged me to draw this serie. It was like a plain, white paper - no influences, just own vision how things look.

Mail and scale armours are the best part to draw. Tolkien left nicely room for imagination when he described armours and other gears of war.

Aquadog1974 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
All I can say is WOW your Tolkien work is awesome, I love the lines, the shading and the story being told.
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