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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."
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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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lesnyswietlik Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Nice!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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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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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite unforgicing method to draw, but luckily I have managed to counter most errors. I'll never reach the Ian Miller level of quality, but it has been fun to draw rare themes like this. Thank you very much, and sorry for late reply ^^;
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome!
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Mimmugirl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Lovely art!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, kiva että pidät :)
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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!
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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?
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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. :/
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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.
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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.

:bow:
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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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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! This is one of my favourite drawings, as the story is one of my favourites as well.

I had much fun while drawing this, so it's nice to hear this looks good. Many aspects succeeded here, although that pine tree on the right isn't clear enough - one can easily mix it with the mountain slope on the background.
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Jaldithas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
i love this interpretation of moria
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.

I see that the entrances to Moria are heavily fortified, and thus making the attackers life as miserable as one could imagine. The overall landscape is inspirational indeed; great valley surrounded by mountains, with lake and great forest... And the gate of Moria with towers, gatehouses and trenches.
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DeepWoodian Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is nice to see one of those scenes from Tolkien's world which have been made rarely or not at all before. And you are right when you say that the war between dwarves abd orcs is really fascinating. This whole series of yours is a nice "add" and very pleasing to look at. Well done. :thumbsup:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment, and glad that you like this serie I'm drawing. Its easy to get inspired and draw more and more from theme you like, so I guess this happened to me here as well. There are countless of stories to illustrate, and once I have some images drifting in my mind... that's settled then :D

One reason might be, like you pointed out, that there are little or none existing illustrations from some event. So, your own ideas and images are can be somewhat "pure" and "untouched". Sometimes it can feel like exploring something new and exciting (lainkaan dramatisoimatta...vai? Hehheh) For example, like I have mentioned, lotr trilogy which did a lot of damage to my own vision ;)
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Amazing rendition, and very accurate. Looks like a picture from a real war. That mood. You really know how to transmit it in your drawings. The dwarfs attitude looks really resolute, metodic and experienced.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very nice to hear. It's that kind of "silence before storm" atmospehre when armies are assembling, and waiting, but creating that mood consists of small pieces.

The situation was definitely quite desperate for the dwarves, even if they were resolute and fierce in battle; chasing your enemies for years, and when they are finally at hand, they have all the advantages. But there was no other option - one side wont leave the battlefield, whatever the result will be.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
I love the way you "live" the history, before depicting it, it's not about impressive design and technique, it's all about feeling and fantasy.
You make it real, but do it without realistic art.
Your opinions about all that scenes makes you look like a person who witnessed life in it's full, who felt pain and glory, who lived a really strong and deep life, judging by the realistic way you imagine all the historys.
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Vidugavia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Yes! Outmost coolness! This is exactly how it looked.

I'm a great fan of Tolkiens dwarves and you capture them perfectly.
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Vidugavia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
I really enjoy your way of depicting Tolkiens world, especially the dwarven part. I have always thought that the last battle of Dain Ironfoot is worth at least a song, or maybe a drawing. Please consider it as a motif if you like.

"Not long before news had come to Gondor of events far away.
'I grieved at the fall of Thorin,' said Gandalf; 'and now we hear that Dáin has fallen, fighting in Dale again, even while we fought here. I should call that a heavy loss, if it was not a wonder rather that in his great age he could still wield his axe as mightily as they say that he did, standing over the body of King Brand before the Gate of Erebor until the darkness fell."
-Durin's Folk, Appendix A, Return of the King
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the interest!

This is indeed a great theme, and it has been in my list some time. I have made some sketches, but I want it to look good so it will take time to finish it. I'm a fan of dwarves too, and Tolkien's works with rich lore are my real passion ;).

But before that project I'm planning to do 2-3 works more related to this "war of the dwarves and orcs" -serie.
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
amazing perspective and amount of detail :wow:
the one thing bugging me is the empty areas on the bottom of the slopes, they look a bit unfinished. perhaps some scattered troops could make that look go away.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for pointing this out. I agree, that part looks quite plain, and it lacks something. It could be fleeing soldiers like you suggested, or a bit more detailed cliff (shadows to highlight it more).

I dont know how much you can guess but filling that part was a tricky decision. That drawing was otherwise ready so instead of possibly ruining it with odd solutions it ended up like that. Let's see if I can figure something. It's not on top of my to-do -list, though...

Thank you for the comment altogether!
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome !

the depth is really good, also the thading
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!
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VictorElessar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
amazing ^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lenedict Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student General Artist
Oi, hienoa työtä, iteki oon kokeillu joskus piirtää musteella mutta eihän siitä mittään tullu, siun piirrustukset sen sijaan jaksaa aina vaan ilahduttaa^^ Tässä on mukavasti syvyyttä ja yksityiskohtia, tykkään kovasti noista etualan kää;piöiden haarniskoista. Jatka samaan malliin^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jatketaan, jatketaan :)

Minulla on nuo termit vähän hukassa molemman kielen kanssa, kun huopakynällä kerta piirtelen. Oikea muste onkin jo astetta konstikkaampi. Tussin jälki on sinällään hieno, mutta vähän junttimaiselta tuntuu piirtää samalla välineellä millä on piirrellyt jo yli kymmenen vuotta.

0.05 tussilla saa jo aika mukavasti yksityiskohtia sisällytettyä piirrokseen.
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Lenedict Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student General Artist
Aaaa, ookoo :D Huopakynällä on kyllä mukava piirtää, ite tosin oon nykyään keskittyny perus-lyijäri-rä;peltämiseen sillon ko on ylipäätään aikaa jotain piirustella :)

Nääh, ainahan se on hyvä hioa yksi taito huippuunsa ennen ko siirtyy seuraavaan ;)
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ArvenaPeredhel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm stunned. You did all that in pen? Like, no pencil?

Wooow. *bows to superior skills* I love how the orcs are just pouring out into the open, and the dwarves in the foreground just add to the awesomeness and sense of scale.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have used words drawing ink and felt pen, I guess the meaning is kinda the same. Sometimes I use graphite pencil to add some grey colour, like here a bit to the mountain slope, or to draw the sky.


Thank you for the comment, I appreciate it!
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Wabe-Bandersnatch Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
where is this story in tolkiens books? is it n the silmarilion?
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This story is found from the Lotr book; The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, part III: Durin's Folk.
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Wabe-Bandersnatch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
thanks you
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one has so much detail ^^ Wonderfully done!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much!
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally breathtaking illustration! All the details are dealt with so much attention.. As a fan of Tolkien's world of Middle-earth I'm truly grateful for such impressive illustrations. I hope to see a book with them!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment.

I'm one of those persons who just like detailing. To make as realistic looking characters/sceneries as I can with my skill. And as Tolkiens works are very important to me, I do my best when making illustrations inspired by his books.
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I like detailing too, but in a bit different way, just have troubles with backgrounds.
I like your style and technique very much, they are perfect for illustrating Tolkien's works. I hope to see more of your illustrations soon. You do a great job!
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Todella hieno :worship:... Puut on varsinkin mahtavan näköset!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hohhoh, tattista vaan.

Mänty on oikein nätti puu ja mukava piirtää vielä kaupan päälle. Oikeanpuoleisen männyn runko vähän kamppailee erottuakseen tuosta vuorenseinämästä, ja oikeaa tammea en tiedä olenko edes nähnyt, mutta kyllä tuon vänkyrän puuksi tunnistaa :) .
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bluemoon214 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Wow! you're improving really fast! Nice composition. You balance well with empty space and where you put detail.
I think I like this most of your works.
Keep it up!!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Improving, you say! That's nice to hear. Altogether, thank you for the thoughtful comment.
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bluemoon214 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Yes! for sure! hopefully, you get DD soon! You totally, deserve it!
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