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The Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Tulikoura The Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Tulikoura
The fifth battle in the wars of Beleriand, Nírnaeth Arnoediad, as told in J.R.R. Tolkiens Silmarillion.

"The last reserves of Angband under Glaurung the Dragon attacked between Maedhros' and Fingons forces, and the army broke and fled in disorder.

The Dwarves of Belegost helped them as their forces formed a rearguard, holding off Glaurung and allowing the Elven Lords to escape. Glaurung was vulnerable to the Dwarves' axes, while the Dwarves themselves wore fire-resistant iron masks and were naturally able to resist fire better than Elves or Men.
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Pen & Ink - work. It took long to finish this, but I'm happy with this one. Not a single mistake with drawing ink, and it's exciting to try something totally new.

Bad sides; I drew many versions of dwarven armors and gear, and eventually I ended up drawing them from the back... Well, I think I can use some of 'em when I draw "The Fall Of Azaghâl" in near future.
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Pandachan2012 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Nice!  Dwarves to the rescue!

Right up there with the battle of azanulbizar,
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive view :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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rinthcog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glaurung looks big and bad, I like how the armies are arranged-distant from the flame, except the dwarves , saved by there technology, which you designed really well. Sturdy looking shields and helmets, in contrast with the fancy elvan gear. :clap:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment! Glad that you like this. I had so much fun while I drew this, because I get to draw elven and dwarven soldier into a same drawing, and here the significance of dwarven strategies can be seen. Quite crucial moment in the battle, I say.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
I love tolkien dwarfs, and you give them so much character and depth.
Love the way they siege the dragon.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems the history Tolkien wrote to dwarves appeals to many!

It's interesting to see how people imagine these races or characters who only exists in form of words. They also might have strong "viewpoints" on what aspects relates to them. For example, some people think stereotypically that dwarves dont use spears or swords, which is funny.

Thank you for the comment!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
You're welcome friend.
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A3ulez Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
All your work is so incredible! I love how in the masses of people, you might be able to lose the sense of individual identity and importance, but you always have characters at the front with such expressive faces.

And the smoke/steam with the dragon in the background looks so great! I envy you! My pen work is so bad D:!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the in-depth comment of yours.

Technically, when drawing and using this view angle, all you see is basically just backside of helms and armours. No individuals, just bunch of steel and iron, "a cold machine of war". Might be a bit boring to watch too, so characters looking at different direction helps with that problem.

But the main reason was to include some Fingon's routed soldiers there, watching as their allies have started to protect their retreat.

Glad to hear you think that 'smoke effect' works here. I had some luck when I drew that smoke/mist, and now I think it was a good decision not to draw darker smoke with graphite pencil - so far I havent managed to do it without facing problems.
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oribi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Amazing details. Respect for you :D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you very much!
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I salute you. This rocks.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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darthcloudycoo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Battle of Unnumbered tears... someday I will get my grubby hands on this subject and hope to make it as grim as your version. Great work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh,thank you and "grim" really is the right word to discribe that event. They are fighting a battle they'll lose - I have tried to bring that message across with my illustrations.

Can't wait to see more your Middle-Earth works, as so far they have been something new - and excellent.
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Silmarillion is a great inspiration isn't it. I have lot's of ideas but no time. In about four weeks, when I'm back from my summer holiday, I'll go full steam on my ideas.
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Lenimentus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is... beyond incredible. Wow.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this flattering comment!
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Lenimentus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you deserve it :)
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AlisonAilfinnAllan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Incredible!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AlisonAilfinnAllan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
You're welcome:hug:
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an amazing work. I like the perspective you put in it, showing detailed warriors in foreground and blur dragon in background, which is further away!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you think I managed to create such a perspective. It's kinda weird, as I use 0.05 and 1.0 drawing ink when drawing bigger characters, and only thin 0.05 ink when drawing characters in the background. Usually those small characters tend to be quite detailed, which is wrong when you think about the distance.

For example, I drew Glaurung's scales one by one, but I think I can thank my scanner for messing this picture a bit for me... Smoke helps, too.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you manage to understand the basics. I cannot wait to see some more!
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DracoHun Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
I wait for "The Fall Of Azaghâl" ^_^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, thanks :) As the title itself is such a pretentious one, the work should be like that too. Therefore, I think it might require lots of time to finish it before I'm happy with the result...
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, you pick themes for drawings well! :D I've always wanted to paint Nírnaeth Arnoediad and Beorn saving Thorin...
And of course, the drawings themselves are awesome. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! When said by you, this is a honour indeed.

There are countless of themes and events to illustrate in Tolkien's books, but some are more moving and wondrous than others. As for me, it's more a matter of selecting "the right" point of view...
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was my favorite war in The Silmarillion. The name struck a chord in my heart too.

Anyway, this is a beautiful piece of work. I especially love how you did the background. The detail work on the dwarves and their armor is just amazing.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your comment. I was surprised how easy this work was after all, as every pieces just fit together. But it included, naturally, some practising and studying, especially with dwarven armors, pennons and markings.

Propably one of my favourite scenes in Silmarillion too, as all races were represented there.
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^ I try my best to comment on artwork instead of just faving it, and this piece just needed to be commented on. I do love work inspired by Tolkien ^^

It was well worth the effort! I'm quite fond of the Elves myself, but I do love the Dwarves. I loved the Company in The Hobbit. The Dwarves were so precious ^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is very respectable way to go, and is the biggest thank to artist. I do try to comment works I admire too, but sometimes there are just too much paintings and pictures, and so little time. After all, it takes some time to comment an artwork, at least for me (I'm not native English speaker, so maybe that explains it...) :)

Ha, I also prefer dwarves more than elves, when it comes to drawing them or reading a fantasy novel. The Hobbit is of course something special.
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ReverseTheEclipse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly. I don't have a lot of time, but I try my best to comment...still, I pretty frequently fave and run XD

I loved The Hobbit. It was the perfect prequel to The Lord of the Rings in my opinion ^^
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lomehir Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
your tolkien artwork is amazing!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I think Silmarilion itself offers huge amount of ideas and events to illustrate, and to me it's also a great source of inspiration, like J.R.R. Tolkiens works altogether.

It's only a bonus if viewers like my illustrations :)
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lomehir Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
There is always something you can illustrade in the works of Tolkien that haven't been illustrated before! there's such a variety of scenaries, stories and characters! and what really is a plus for me, is to see something really original, a piece of the person's mind when he read the book! his impressions...that is really cool! way better than seeing something that is reproduced over and over again! I think your Tolkien art is full of your own impressions! how you pictured everything through your mind! so even if you draw something that has been drawn before! it is still something new and different every time!!! ;)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You pointed this out and said it very well!

Illustrations, fan-art especially as I see it very close to this subject, "demands" personal touch to the work, originality and artist's own impressions, like you said. Fan-art may be a bit far-fetched for my eexample, but in brief I would like to see artist's own "style", and "opinion" on characters, instead of copying the ones which already exists.

And yes, there are many events only in people's minds and not illustrated from Tolkien's books... Nor are two illustrations from same scene similar, though.

Thank you for the in-depth comments of yours!
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Todella komee työ!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia paljon! Kyllä sitä saikin nä;perrellä jonkin aikaa, ja mielestänikin tulos vastaa odotuksia.

Meno on vähän alkukantaisempaa kuin teikäläisen omissa töissä, mutta sota on sotaa missä tahansa. Kyllä siitä aihealueena aina piirrettävää löytyy :)
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Juurikin näin, kyseisestä aihealueesta ei kyllä ihan heti ideat lopu :)
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HowlSeage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Havent been here in a while. Man you're getting better. This is an intense scene. It looks like theres a nice breeze blowing through the tension filled air.

I dont get how you do it, but you do it well, haha.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and welcome, no need to stare empty gallery as my works take months to finish :). Nice to hear about improvement, as to draw large battles have been my passion for ages (especially medieval/fantasy/lotr themed).

There are some tricks to avoid going too far with all this "detailing" -which is more difficult the longer you keep drawing- and adding somekind of mist or bright light is one of them. And in this case, smoke, suits this picture and its lore.

And I say definitely the same "I dont get it how you do it!" for your stunning colourings and drawings. My works need colours.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As usual, impressive detailing. Love the composition also. Great work! :D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much (again :))!
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Grishend Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :D
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The amount of details really impressive, and the overall composition quite nicely done. Good work. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment; it's always nice to hear what another Tolkien-inspired artist thinks, as everyone has their own view how things look like.

Well, to be frank, this work doesn't offer any significant notions about important characters, for example. It's just a portray of ruthless war, in Middle-Earth.
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