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They have taken The Bridge by Tulikoura They have taken The Bridge by Tulikoura
"The Bridge of Khazad-dm was a narrow stone bridge crossing a chasm within the eastern gates of the Dwarf-city of Khazad-dm. It was intended for defensive purposes enemies who breached the outer defenses would be forced to cross a span of about fifty feet in single file. The depth of the chasm was incredible and the ceiling was high; on the outer side of the bridge was a flight of stairs leading to the exit, through the First Hall and the Great Gates of Moria.

This mighty defence was now the only hope for Balin's expedition; no other defence had delayed enemy's movement enough after the Great Gate was breached. Still, the defenders were too few in numbers, and the secrets of old defence mechanisms long forgotten. With strength of numbers Orcs forced their way onwards, and over that narrow bridge. Few determined defenders, Frr, Lni and Nli, tried to hold the Bridge and buy some time when others retreated to the Second Hall, and towards the Chamber of Mazarbul. All three fell fighting bravely.

Orcs had now captured the Bridge, and halls next to it, and dwarves had suffered many casualties. In desperation in gathered a small group and went towards West, hoping to find a way out; for the expedition was now trapped as only way out was behind enemy lines.
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Drawing ink + graphite pencil work. Took about 6 hours. Those "pillars" of light might look odd, but well, it's just my style. It's very tricky to imagine how light from many channels look in a huge cave.

Ninth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie. I don't know if I'm going to illustrate "Balin's funeral" next, or skip straight to the "Watcher in the Water". Latter one will be an interesting project, and the Chamber of Mazarbul with Balin's tomb will act as a scenery for two illustrations anyways.
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JDR-Illustrator Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of my favourites, my friend. Good job... I never tire of your line work. I hope to see more, soon.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hoh, recognized your new account only after you changed avatar. Thank you, highly appreciated! Moria is great subject for art, although figuring out the layout was problematic. This might look too fortified when compared to the description the book.

Doodling with the battle of five armies - Din's dwarves at the moment, let's see when I can finish it ;). I try to reduce usage of graphite pencil and try to use drawing ink as much as possible again, and this requires more time for planning.
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JDR-Illustrator Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I understand. I am moving more into real paints and away from digital as much as possible. This also takes more time, which I like. Your work is very inspiring, my friend. I want many to hang on my walls. Looking forward to the five armies.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am rooting for the dwarves even though I know they're doomed.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's such an impressive location really, that must be on incredibly intense & savage fight ..aswell a horrendous drop..
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, not an easy task for attacker to overcome this unique defence structure. It was really nice to read the book and imagine all this; stairs, halls, cliffs, chasms and the narrow bridge. Really the most exciting part of the book.
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OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
now that's an epic battle
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic, although not very even battle. Thank you for the comment!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Epic! I can almost hear the chaos echo throughout the mountain! Great work, J. :)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you very much.

Well, I would like to know what would it be to be a defender in this kind of situation. To hear war drums echoing in the cave, screams and sound of bows, arrows whizzing in the air. To see the massive amount of enemy marching towards you, flashing of armour and weapons in light... Luckily our imagination allows this kind of "safe simulations", haha.
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Afalstein Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Ah, Oin is headed to the western gate, is he? That should be an interesting picture.

This is good. More of a landscape picture again, but zooming out like this gives us a good idea of the forces involved. The goblin's advantage is rather clear.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, in is heading towards the Gate of Hollin, where he meets his doom. This small sentence in the book, "Watcher in the Water took in", has really triggered my imagination. I'll have to plan this scenery carefully.

Landscape picture, right. I made few sketches about closer view from the Bridge, where dwarves are buying time while hordes of Orcs are throwing themselves against their shields... but well, I didn't get the right feeling to it, and besides I have already made a similar looking scenery some years ago (Overwhelmed at the Bridge):P .

Nice that you mentioned this aspect of showing the difference in forces!
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Grishend Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. Again the detail is stunning. Great job with portraying the atmosphere here. I love the rays of light coming from the top right. Lovely work! =D
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if this drawing would have worked without those rays of light - it's nice to know you think they look natural enough. I have used that style in a few drawings in order to create some "sense of depth", but another option hasn't really been in my mind.

Thank you vey much for the comment and support, this is appreciated as you know ;)
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Kyulove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
First work from you that I saw was those stunning and awesome drawings of Aquaria and this time I think youre doing one of the best illustrations works for The Lord Of The Rings........Your art makes me feel like I'm somewhere staring at that scene from a safe place....but scared at the same time........

Keep up the good work! I'd really like to see more =)

(Sorry english is not my main language, I hope you can understand what I try to say =))
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand you perfectly fine, and I appreciate what you say. I like to draw, because these themes I illustrate mean so much to me. It sounds great if my drawings can "tell" something to others as well; even if they are, like usually, battle-themed drawings.

Thank you for the interest, and yes, I'll do my best with this hobby of mine ;)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Wow, the rocks! The rocks rock! ;)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehee, glad to know this rock "texture" works ;)
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
This is just stunning :heart:
The detail is outstanding :faint:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment, I appreciate this!
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Your welcome :aww:
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Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
better and better
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you, glad that you think so!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful detail work, as always! The rock textures in particular are very nice.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Hehe, at least I can say that I have had enough practice of drawing rock in many forms... Good to know it works! ;)
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