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The Dragon-helm of Dor-lomin by Tulikoura The Dragon-helm of Dor-lomin by Tulikoura
"In the year that Túrin was seventeen years old, his grief was renewed; for all tidings from his home Dor-lómin ceased at that time. The power of Morgoth had grown yearly, and all Hithlum was now under his shadow. Túrin grew heavy-hearted, and for many days he sat silent, brooding on the downfall of the House of Hador. Then he rose up and went to seek Thingol; and he found him sitting with Melian under Hirilorn, the great beech of Menegroth.

Thingol looked on Túrin in wonder, seeing suddenly before him in the place of his fosterling a Man and a stranger, tall, dark-haired, looking at him with deep eyes in a white face, stern and proud; but he did not speak.

"What do you desire, foster-son?" said Thingol, and guessed that he would ask for nothing small.

"Mail, sword and shield of my stature, lord" answered Túrin. "Also by your leave I will now reclaim the Dragon-helm of my sires." The helm of Hador was given to Thingol's hands, that helm made of grey steel adorned with gold; on it were graven runes of victory. It was forged by Telchar, the smith of Nogrod, whose works were renowed. It had a visor and the face of one that wore it struck fear into the hearts of all beholders. Upon its crest was set in defiance a gilded image of Glaurung the dragon; for it had been made soon after he first issued from the gates of Morgoth.

"These you shall have," said Thingol. "But what need have you yet of such arms?"

"The need of a man," said Túrin; "and of a son who has kin to remember. And I need also companions valiant in arms."

"I will appoint you a place among my knights of the sword, for the sword will ever be your weapon," said Thingol. "With them you may make trial of war upon the marches, if that is your desire."

"Beyond the marches of Doriath my heart urges me,"said Túrin. "For onset against our foe I long, rather than defence."

"Then you must go alone," said Thingol. "The part of my people in the war with Angband I rule according to my wisdom, Túrin son of Húrin. No force of the arms of Doriath will I send out at this time; nor at any time that I can yet foresee."

Then Túrin bowed before them, and took his leave. And soon after he put on the Dragon-helm, and took arms, and went away to the north-marches, and was joined to the elven-warriors who there waged unceasing war upon the Orcs and all servants and creatures of Morgoth. Thus while yet scarcely out of his boyhood his strenght and courage were proved; and remembering the wrongs of his kin he was ever forward in deeds of daring, and he received many wounds by a spear or arrow or the crooked blades of the Orcs.

But his doom delivered him death; and word ran through the woods, and was heard far beyond Doriath, that the Dragon-helm was seen again. Three years Túrin walked far and wide in the wild woods with Beleg Strongbow, marchwarden of Thingol and Túrins companion in every peril."

- shortened version from Children of Húrin, J.R.R.Tolkien

Watch also my earlier drawing of Men of Dor-lómin in Nirnaeth Arnoediad: [link]


Drawing ink, pencil and graphite pencil work. Using some old sketches that had piled up.

Here's some photos (crappy quality) of the drawing process if someone's interested:

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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 Please allow me to compliment you Master Tulikoura; between your dragon-helm and Master Meneldil-Elda's vision of The Blacksword's own face Turin son of Hurin has entered my consciousness as someone it would be … unwise … to argue with! 
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho, I have seen his works in a polish Tolkien fanzine called Aiglos, brilliant stuff. Hehe, nice to hear that ;) Dragon-helm surely offered some challenges when it came to designing it, it didnt surrender without a fight...
Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
 It must have picked up it's indomitable character from the one who forged it and the many hard-headed lords who have worn it!
Fernald Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is very good. Great detail. I like the style of the tall helm and armor. And I think it is a rare theme for illustration. The tale shows Tolkien's daring side and then we see the full potential of Morgoth's creatures.

Tämä on erittäin hyvä. Hyvin yksityiskohtaisesti. Pidän tyyli pitkä kypärä ja haarniska. Ja mielestäni se on harvinaista teema kuva. Tarina näyttää Tolkienin rohkea puolella ja sitten näemme koko potentiaalin Morgothin olentoja (anteeksi Suomi).

Detta är mycket bra. Stora detalj. Jag gillar stilen på den långe hjälm och rustning. Och jag tror att det är en sällsynt tema för illustration. Berättelsen visar Tolkiens vågad sida och då vi ser den fulla potentialen av Morgoth varelser (ursäkta min svenska).
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like this. I agree, it's a really good story. Almost identical to the source which Tolkien used, the tale of Kullervo.

Google translator wonders, hehe. Nice thing, but I can say it translates English--> Finnish sentence structures so badly it's almost not worth using. Swedish works better.... but why Swedish altogether?

Thanks to certain circumstances (nothing to do with you, worry not) that's about the only language I don't want to see written or hear at the moment, ha ha.
Fernald Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Swedish was the secondary language in Finland so I used it in haste. And it was beginning to seem like google could make my words clearer, but google has its limits.
After I'm done reading The Children of Húrin, I will check out the Kalevala. Tolkien sparked my interest in old lore. I only know a little of what inspired Tolkien. Thanks for the tip.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, it was thoughtful of you. Swedish is a compulsory language to study but few master it - to me, English is the unofficial second language.

If you're interested about Kalevala, here's English translation of Kullervo's saga…, runes XXXI-XXXVI. Have a nice day.
MornLandazar Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I like the fact that your pic looks so lively, even if it's not colored.
In fact, any coloration would ruin this perfect image.
I also like the fact that Turin isn't all clean and shiny, but dirty, with his surcoat torn.
At first, I wanted to comment how Turin's warriors could use a bit upgrade in ''beard department'', but then I remembered that they are Elves, not Men...
...which is a good thing, because you didn't drew Elves with some weird and cliched Elven armor, but practical chainmail.
The forest also looks nice, i.e. you can see that they are at the forest's edge, which means that they are ambushing their enemy, as per book.

And, of course, as many before me have pointed out, this is THE best Dragon-helm rendition - of all time.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, my colouring skills would ruin this at least XD using only black & white removes many difficulties in my opinion.

Turin was described to be wounded and involved to close combat in many occasions so it was natural to aim to a ragged look. Elves here are basically local residents who fight guerilla war against orcs in forests so clothing suitable for hiding and not too heavy armour is essential for them. And I just love drawing chainmail armours in general...

Thanks for the comment about scenery part, that's always a problem for me - forests especially. Hard to plan them in a way they don't look too dark or weird.

Hehe, well that's flattering to hear :)
Vjetrovnjak Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Turin really looks inhuman and intimidating with that helmet - the way it's supposed to be.
I like Alan Lee's work, but your version of the Dragon Helm is much, much better.
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