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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]

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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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peet Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I could talk all day about the virtues of this image in terms of skill and quality, like others before me have done so. So I'll refrain, and just point out the main characteristic of this image which speaks to me: and that is Turin's pose, his commanding presence, his pointing forward indicating his leadership qualities. This speaks to me, because its shows how the son of Hurin, even at an incredibly young age, is already differentiating himself from the rest, standing out, and foreshadowing his prowess and Captain not of Mortals, but of Elves; not just of the Sindar as shown here, but even the Noldor when he arrives in Nargothrond years later. I think you've captured all this wonderfully here  (a picture I've liked for a couple of years now), all the more so since Turin is one of my favourite characters. He really looks like a hero of the Edain in this one - scratch that, he looks like one of the most famous (if not the most famous of) warriors in the History of Arda :-) :+fav:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this in-depth comment, I appreciate it a lot.

The impression of his leadership and influence can be drawn from few lines Tolkien wrote - it was partly because of the legacy of his house and the heirloom that drew people around him during that time I think. But you're right, he was a born commander as well. The story of Dragon-helm has been my favourite (not only because of its resemblance to Kalevala's story of Kullervo) - after stories of dwarves, of course.
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. Also there's the matter of his kinship to Beren, who was probably considered the most venerable of the Edain, even above Hurin and the House of Hador. At any rate, Turin likes to remind people of of his ties to the House of Beor, most notably Thingol and Gelmir and Arminas in Nargothrond. 
I like too the Kullervo cycle - or rather that I've come across it and read around it but haven't managed to read it as of yet. The similarities are striking indeed. I also simply tend to prefer slightly darker more 'angsty' characters in general. Feanor, Boromir and Denethor, for example, interest me also :)
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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! 
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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...
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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!
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng…, runes XXXI-XXXVI. Have a nice day.
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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.
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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 :)
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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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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, nice to hear this kind of opinion :D. There are always as many depictions of characters and items as there are artists but I have always wondered why this famous helmet has been illustrated without the visor, which was described to be the most visible part.
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Razvigorac Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is the best version of the Dragon Helm.
The visor is particulary great!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I rarely see a full version of this helm illustrated; the visor is the most important part in my opinion yet most of the versions I have seen doesn't have it. A shame really, but a motive to try illustrating it myself.
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Belorepan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I think I've just found my favourite depiction of the Dragon-helm!
This is so going into my imagination, next time I read that story.
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farelegost Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of pen do you use ?

btw, awesome AWESOME draw ! ^^
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For sketching mechanical pencil 0.5 mm, Zig Millennium (03 to 005) drawing inks and graphite pencil (for soft shadows and scenery).

Thank you very much! :D
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Fogmountain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tulikoura you are the best! You make such good work! What a pleasure to look at!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Well thank you very much, I'm glad you like this.
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JustinRaven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional
Evocative, my friend. Nice work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Not flawless work, and it seems my scanner has started to "burn" right side of the paper more than left side (stronger contrast there and odd colours after scanning). Not to mention how the left side of paper has curled a bit (argh that sword looks so skewed).

But it's definitely a good thing to finish a drawing that has burned in my mind (and in the sketch-pile) long enough, haha :D. Sometimes it requires a kick, thou ;)
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Langkjaer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Fantastic work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Celebri-ian Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the details and also the feel of the ink&pencil drawing you gave it - would perfectly fit as an illustration to the book ;-)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's a drawing ink & pencil work after all ;). Thank you very much, to me "could be an book illustration" is the best praise!
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Joetjuhh Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yet again another artwork which fits with my imagination. Great work !
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you. It sounds great indeed if someone finds my version similar to his :).
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ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Black and white, or is it called monochromatic art :D? Great works there, I have always enjoyed b&w landscape drawings, especially forests. Thank you very much for including my work there!
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ullakko Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep that's the theme. (: You're welcome!
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WARORK Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I don't see a whole lot of other art with the detail shown here. I adore the chainmail and other garments, it really catches the eye, that and the shading is just...wow.

I also really like the pose that Turin is in, that defiant pointing ("Servants of Morgoth, I come for you!" :D)

A very compelling and well done piece, great talent.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much, I'm glad you like this. Chainmail must be my favourite armour. Once I got the idea how to draw it like this, there was no turning back :D.

Well, Túrin was an aggressive fellow, wasn't he. Therefore I wanted to make him look like a "leader" here with Beleg, pointing directions to elven warriors. And of course, like you mentioned, it shows defiance and a bit arrogant behaviour.
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Isil9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Feels you with emotion!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thank you for the comment!
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isabel56 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the drawing
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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isabel56 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail is fantastic here. Really good job:)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)!
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gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Yay, finally! :D

I love this piece - I knew you'll do a great job with all those armors (the famous helmet looks amazing!) and wood/bark textures. It's wonderfully detailed! I like the 'making of' pics, it's nice to see the drawing evolving like that!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, after all it was you who kicked this drawing out of my sketch-pile ;). Thank you very much for your comment and I'm really glad you like this!

Designing this dragon-helm was an odd project, as out of 15 variants I sketched the last one, which didn't resemble others at all, was the only one looking reasonable enough. It was also hard to find an event where would be Túrin + dragon-helm, black sword and Beleg because some of these aspects were always missing... so I skipped the famous Gurthang and drew this when Túrin was in Doriath, wearing elf-mail and dragon-helm and travelling with Beleg (poor Beleg, I didn't feel comfortable when drawing his face... inking failed a bit there). Túrin's time in Nargothrond when he wore dwarf-mask, dwarven mail and had Gurthang would have been quite a treat as well, though... Maybe later.

Thanks. I have been asked to do some kind of tutorials few times but it would be pointless really, as there are no special tricks involved and every drawing requires its own approach. Few photos can still tell more than mere words I believe (mostly that I don't draw logically ^^;).
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gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Yeah, at first seeing the thumbnail in my messages I was like "Ha, it was me, who requested that drawing!" ;) Can't really explain why but your drawing style suits Turin's character perfectly. Or perhaps this story is made for black ink.

I paid quite a lot of attention to the helmet, because it surely looks different, not very similar to what I was imagining while reading the book. And I loved you idea, it's a bit dwarven and it look very ancient. Beautiful details, those wooden shields look amazing.

Ah, it will sound pretentious, but it's great to have you here with those great drawings!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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