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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.
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.
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.
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.
SeekHim Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I am rooting for the dwarves even though I know they're doomed.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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..
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.
AmyBurton Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, since I went home to visit my parents I also finally made it to watch the Lord of the Rings (at least two from three so far), because yes before that I was the n00b who watched a lot of LotR art with only knowing some scenes from the movies.
Now I at least know the movies and I'm thinking about reading the books too but I guess this can wait a bit longer since I have to read so much other stuff first.

Anyways because of this new flash and because I have a request to make Arwens Battle braid (which you never see in the movies) I decided to stalk some LotR art and of course I also came back to you ;) and as always: you have a crazy amount of details!
Gosh it must've take so much time to get this done....But its so worth because the way you draw this/you're drawing style and the medium fit the genre so good it always remembers me of the illustrations in fairy tale books ( á la brother grimm or H.C. Andersen) and I just find this fitting.
Its also still amazing how you manage to well contrast this all (I know I already said that in every comment but I'm just so amazed by this, I'm sorry ^^;).
Well before it gets any longer, its like always a master piece. Very well done ;)
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well hello again!

Sie haben nicht Der Herr der Ringe gelesen? Uhhuh! But really, Tolkien's book really divide readers to those who love it and can't stop reading and to those who stop reading before chapter three. Some like Tolkien's style to write (he describes surroundings in details) but some may think it's too tedious. I would recommend reading The Hobbit first, though. Shorter one and it's a prologue to the lotr, after all.

The book is definitely better than movie trilogy (even if it was very good), you might be surprised to see the difference. Much more characters, no elves in the Helms Deep, Glorfindel instead of Arwen etc...

Hm, off topic but I think I should try to read German version of the book (The Hobbit at least), might be interesting. The title itself confuses me very much - Der Herr der Ringe (Lord Rings? How you translate it?). But who I am to wonder that since Finnish translation has been formed in a odd way too - Taru sormusten herrasta, The saga of the Lord of the Rings.

Duuh, you flatter me very much, you know? I thank you for this in-depth comment of yours :bow:. You have placed my drawings into a high level of company.

Good luck with the request! Here's one aspect in your concept I couldn't do: draw a person without a helmet, haha!
AmyBurton Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nein, bisher leider nicht. (And you can say 'du' instead of 'sie' to me ;))
And yeah I wanted to read it when I was about 11-14 or something but when I was about to buy them with my mom I saw the Narnia books by C. L. Lewis and I was so fascinated that I forgot all about LotR and beg my mom to buy me the Narnia ones and well...I was in love with them.
Yes, I've heard that too. I read some lines from a book with a nordic legend which was written my Tolkien and find it not that bad but who knows how the rest would be. (To bad that the german version of this book is a bit expensive. 24,95€, in english it only costs 9,95€. May I buy the english one.)
Ok, well I guess I will do it then. Gonna ask my mom if she can get it for me to christmas or something. (I already get two new books for my birthday~)

Haha, I believe you that without having read it yet, since it often is like this. The only book what shows me the opposite was 'The color purple'.

Well...why not? I wish I could read more books in different languages. My books are always in German or English.
Der Herr der Ringe means The Lord (of) the rings ;) Lord Rings would just mean Herr Ringe (which sounds pretty stupid) better would be Herr der Ringe. "Der" is a (male) article.

Homer Simpson...ah, I'm sorry I always have to think about it when someone write D'oh or Duuh (in german he only says Nein in a awesome funny way), my brain works so random. Anyways, no need to thanks, like I already told you I like to stalk you're gallery when I have a little time so I actually should thank you for sharing you're hobby with us.

haha thank you! I find it way easier to draw hair instead of helmets, how you can do this will always be a mystery for me.
And its also more a 'How-to-do'drawing, I already did such drawings back in artschool. Hardest thing is practising this on you're own because its time consuming and you're fingers get weird (you have to braid a lot, thats why it takes you about one hour, maybe even one and a half to get this done).
OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
now that's an epic battle
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