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The Siege of Moria by Tulikoura The Siege of Moria by Tulikoura
Balin, Lord of Moria, had fallen at the shores of Mirrormere. Having only barely time to recover his body dwarves retreated and barred the Gate, for they saw that the enemy came in great numbers. The main army of Orcs arrived soon after scouts; they regrouped to the Dimrill Dale and started the siege.

The Great Gate was the only entrance to Kingdom of Khazad-dúm from the east, and of old it had been a part of the defence mechanism; it was strong and had remained undamaged since Khazad-dúm was abandoned. Defender's only hope was to hold the Gate and keep the enemy at bay, but Balin's colony was too few in numbers to battle against an entire army, and dwarves knew that end would come soon. Orc captains sent in the battering ram, not caring about weak volleys of arrows that dwarves shot towards the attacker.

Few days after the siege started the Great gate was breached and damaged beyond repair, and Orcs poured in. Dwarves lost their greatest defence as the gate was broken, but many passages were fortified during the history; the Eastern Gate had always been under threat of an attack. Fierce skirmishes followed later as defenders retreated towards the Bridge of Khazad-dúm.
Drawing ink + graphite pencil work. The trickiest part to draw was, without a doubt, the gate. Perspective and shading, sigh.

But on the other hand, I got inspiration to draw few illustrations concerning the battle of Hornburg!

Eighth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie. The battle at the Bridge of Khazad-dúm will come in near future.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, another well done work from you. How you portray battle never cease to amaze me. Hopefully I don't need to stress it again, but the details are terrific. You just unleashed the fierceness of every individual soldier on this battle. Amazingly done.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you again for flattering words. Battle scenes usually show if I have managed to make any progress during these years, and I'm happy with this direction.

It's kinda funny, but drawing sceneries like this feels like going uphill at first, and then there's a downhill, and the all fun begins... ;)
KennethFontanoArt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
heck ya! some good ol' fashioned hand drawn stuff here. I like it!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much. Besides Tolkien, I have to thank traditional Tolkien artists like Ian Miller and many, many rpg book illustrators for inspirations.
EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitoksia vaan :)
smokygouda Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
That is amazing! All of the detail! :lol:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Merlkir Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You know you need to release these drawings as a pdf with all the appropriate text parts they illustrate, right? I'll print it out and have it bound. Will fit nicely next to my Tolkien collection.
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