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in comfortable middle age at 50 years old, was hired in spite of himself as a "burglar" by the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves led by their king Thorin Oakenshield on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon Smaug. The adventure took Bilbo and the companions through the wilderness, to the elf haven of Rivendell, across the Misty Mountains and the black forest of Mirkwood, to Lake-town in the middle of Long Lake, and eventually to the Mountain itself. Here, after the dragon was killed and the Mountain reclaimed, the Battle of Five Armies took place.

In his journey, Bilbo encountered other fantastic creatures, including trolls, elves, giant spiders, a man who can change shape into a bear, goblins, eagles, wolves and a slimy, murderous creature named Gollum. Underground, near Gollum's lair, Bilbo accidentally found a magic ring of invisibility, which he used to escape from Gollum.

By the end of the journey, Bilbo had become wiser and more confident, having saved the day in many gruesome situations. He rescued the dwarves from giant spiders with the magic ring and a short Elven-sword he acquired. He used the ring to sneak around in hostile environments, as well as his wits to smuggle the dwarves out of the elves' prisons. He was able to hold his own in conversation with the wily Smaug. When tensions arose over ownership of the recovered treasure, he tried unsuccessfully to bring the opposing sides to compromise, using a stolen heirloom jewel as a leverage. This strained his relationship with Thorin, but the two were reconciled at Thorin's deathbed. At the end of the story, Bilbo returned to his home in the Shire only to find that several of his relations, believing him to be dead, were trying to claim his home and possessions. In addition to becoming wealthy from his share of the dwarves' treasure, he found that he had traded respectability for experience and wisdom.

and this is the night Bilbo meet 13 dwarves and wizard,and planning to the the Lonely Mountain to take back the treasure from the dragon~~~

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What can you see on the horizon? Why do the white gulls call? Across the sea, a pale moon rises, The ships have come to carry you home.
During the Fourth Age, it was one of the last Elven havens as the remaining Elves of Rivendell and Lothlórien left Middle-earth. In the beginning of the first century, Fourth Age, it experienced a population growth as migrants from the east came to Mithlond. Not all Elves left Middle-earth immediately, many of the migrants made long-term temporary settlements.

Aside from Elves, Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins also went to Valinor from the Grey Havens, and a family tradition held that Samwise Gamgee, having been himself a Ring-bearer, albeit briefly, did likewise, in the year 1482 of the Shire Reckoning, Fourth Age 61. It was also told in the Red Book of Westmarch, that after Aragorn's death Legolas built a grey ship and left Middle-earth to go to Valinor, and that Gimli went with him.

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The story begins in the Shire, where the Hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits the Ring from Bilbo, his cousin[note 2] and guardian. Neither is aware of its origin and nature, but Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and old friend of Bilbo, suspects the Ring's identity. When he becomes certain, he strongly advises Frodo to take it away from the Shire. Frodo leaves, accompanied by his gardener and friend, Samwise Gamgee, and two cousins, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. They nearly encounter the Nazgûl while still in the Shire, but shake off pursuit by cutting through the Old Forest, where they are aided by the enigmatic Tom Bombadil, who alone is unaffected by the Ring's corrupting influence. After leaving the forest, they stop in the town of Bree where they meet Aragorn, Isildur's heir. He persuades them to take him on as guide and protector. They flee from Bree after narrowly escaping another assault, but the Nazgûl follow and attack them on the hill of Weathertop, wounding Frodo with a Morgul blade. Aragorn leads the hobbits toward the Elven refuge of Rivendell, while Frodo gradually succumbs to the wound. The Ringwraiths nearly overtake Frodo at the Ford of Bruinen, but flood waters summoned by Elrond, master of Rivendell, rise up and overwhelm them.
Frodo recovers in Rivendell under the care of Elrond. The Council of Elrond reveals much significant history about Sauron and the Ring, as well as the news that Sauron has corrupted Gandalf's fellow wizard, Saruman. The Council decides that the Ring must be destroyed, but that can only be done by returning it to the flames of Mount Doom in Mordor, where it was forged. Frodo volunteers to take on this daunting task, and a "Fellowship of the Ring" is formed to aid him: Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, and the Man Boromir, son of the Ruling Steward Denethor of the realm of Gondor.
After a failed attempt to cross the Misty Mountains via the pass below Caradhras, the company are forced to try a more perilous path through the Mines of Moria, where they are attacked by the Watcher in the Water before the gate. Inside, they discover the fate of Balin and his colony of Dwarves. After repulsing an attack, they are pursued by orcs and an ancient, powerful Balrog. Gandalf confronts the Balrog, but in their struggle, both fall into a deep chasm. The others escape and take refuge in the Elven forest of Lothlórien, where they are counselled by Galadriel and Celeborn.
With boats and gifts from Galadriel, the company travel down the River Anduin to the hill of Amon Hen. Boromir succumbs to the lure of the Ring and attempts to take it from Frodo. Frodo escapes and determines to continue the quest alone, though Sam guesses his intent and comes along. Meanwhile, orcs sent by Saruman and Sauron kill Boromir and kidnap Merry and Pippin.
After agonizing over which pair of hobbits to follow, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas pursue the orcs bearing Merry and Pippin to Saruman. In the kingdom of Rohan, the orcs are slain by a company of the Rohirrim. Merry and Pippin escape into Fangorn Forest, where they are befriended by Treebeard, the oldest of the tree-like Ents. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas track the hobbits to Fangorn, and encounter Gandalf, resurrected as the significantly more powerful "Gandalf the White" after his mutually fatal duel with the Balrog. Gandalf assures them that Merry and Pippin are safe. They then ride to Edoras, the capital of Rohan, where they free Théoden, King of Rohan, from the influence of Saruman's henchman Gríma Wormtongue. Théoden musters his fighting strength and rides to the ancient fortress of Helm's Deep, but en route Gandalf leaves to seek help from Treebeard.
Meanwhile, the Ents, roused from their customarily peaceful ways by Merry and Pippin, attack Isengard, Saruman's stronghold, and trap the wizard in the tower of Orthanc. Gandalf convinces Treebeard to send an army of Huorns to Théoden's aid. Gandalf and Rohirrim reinforcements arrive just in time to defeat and scatter Saruman's army. The Huorns dispose of the fleeing orcs. Gandalf then parleys with Saruman at Orthanc. When Saruman rejects his offer of redemption, Gandalf strips him of his rank and most of his powers. Pippin looks into a palantír, a seeing-stone that Saruman had used to communicate with Sauron and through which he was enslaved. Gandalf rides for Minas Tirith, chief city of Gondor, taking Pippin with him.
Frodo and Sam capture Gollum, who had been following them from Moria, and force him to guide them to Mordor. Finding Mordor's Black Gate too well guarded to attempt, they travel instead to a secret passage Gollum knows. Torn between his loyalty to Frodo and his desire for the Ring, Gollum eventually betrays Frodo by leading him to the great spider Shelob in the tunnels of Cirith Ungol. Frodo is felled by Shelob's bite, but Sam fights her off. Sam takes the Ring and leaves Frodo, believing him to be dead. When orcs find Frodo, Sam overhears them say that Frodo is only unconscious, and chases after them.
Sauron unleashes a heavy assault upon Gondor. Gandalf arrives at Minas Tirith to alert Denethor of the impending attack. The city is besieged, and Denethor, deceived by Sauron, gives up hope and commits suicide, nearly taking his remaining son Faramir with him. With time running out, Aragorn feels he has no choice but to take the Paths of the Dead, accompanied by Legolas and Gimli. There Aragorn raises an undead army of oath-breakers bound by an ancient curse. The ghostly army help them to defeat the Corsairs of Umbar invading southern Gondor. Commandeering the ships of the Corsairs, Aragorn leads reinforcements up the Anduin to relieve the siege of Minas Tirith, and the forces of Gondor and Rohan defeat Sauron's army in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Meanwhile, Sam rescues Frodo from the tower of Cirith Ungol, and they set out across Mordor. In order to distract Sauron from his true danger, Aragorn leads the armies of Gondor and Rohan in a march on the Black Gate of Mordor. His vastly outnumbered troops fight desperately against Sauron's forces. Reaching the edge of the Cracks of Doom, Frodo is unable to resist the Ring any longer, and claims it for himself. Gollum suddenly reappears, struggles with Frodo and bites off his finger, Ring and all. Celebrating wildly, Gollum falls into the fire, taking the Ring with him. With the destruction of the One Ring, Sauron perishes, along with the Nazgûl, and his armies are thrown into such disarray that Aragorn's forces emerge victorious.

that is the story
other LOTR artwork of mine:
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This is another one of this series. I've really enjoyed creating this series and will keep working for more. :)
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July 8th, added some leaves to the tree.
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This is my exploration of some kind of decorative style. I hope there'll be a series come out in the following weeks. :)
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The third piece of this series, a little different in colouring from the last two.
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Inspired by Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien & MarinArk [link]

The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003 Movie) © New Line Cinema/WingNut Films
not for commercial use!
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Inspired by Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien & MarinArk [link]
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Inspired by Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien & MarinArk [link]

The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003 Movie) © New Line Cinema/WingNut Films
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Illustration for the book by Tolkien Lord of the Rings. Fanart.
Boromir's Death Scene
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"The Hobbit, or There and Back Again"
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Illustration for the book by Tolkien Lord of the Rings. Fanart.
Nazgul in the Bruinen.
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"Then Fëanor swore a terrible oath. His seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilúvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not; and Manwë they named in witness, and Varda, and the hallowed mountain of Taniquetil, vowing to pursue with vengeance and hatred to the ends of the World Vala, Demon, Elf or Man as yet unborn, or any creature, great or small, good or evil, that time should bring forth unto the end of days, whoso should hold or take or keep a Silmaril from their possession.

Thus spoke Maedhros and Maglor and Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir, Amrod and Amras, princes of the Noldor; and many quailed to hear the dread words. For so sworn, good or evil, an oath may not be broken, and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor


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left to right: Amrod and Amras (they're hard to tell apart in this light), Fëanor, Curufin (always the first to obey his father), Maglor (not really conviced but caught up in the moment), Maedhros (taking charge of keeping his brothers in line while Atar is busy), Caranthir, Celegorm.


Watercolour and gouache.

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early stages [link] (Including a 1995 version of this... with Maedhros in mint-green tights)
painting steps [link]
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Finally Done!

One half of a commission for Becky Dillon. Lúthien:

From The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Note: The tartan cloth is not exclusively Scottish. It was worn by many peoples on the British isles, Germanic and Celtic alike, and I chose that look to denote a rather less civilised look of Men in the First Age.

Please "like" my Facebook page if you like my work! :) [link]

My blog: [link] (I have a print sale running until tomorrow! Hurry if you want a print at 20% off!)

Prints of this - and its companion piece - will be available soon.

Liquid watercolours on Canson Montval paper, 30x50 cm.
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Lúthien Tinúviel, faced with the choice of forsaking the man she loves... or forsaking the immortality of the Elven race to bring him back from the dead.

From The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.



Bet you didn't expect me to spring a Tolkien painting at you, and the first (good) watercolour since September, 2006, at that, did you? ;) I kept catching myself wondering where the ctrl+U function was on that sheet of watercolour paper... :O_o:
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This is a digital commission featuring one of my favorite films of all time.

This piece was drawn and colored in Photoshop CS4 using a Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

You can watch a recording of me coloring (some of) this piece on my Ustream channel here: [link]

Go here to learn more about commissioning original or digital artwork from me: [link]

-Otis
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One of the pieces in my 2013 convention sketchbook, "Lookin For Trouble"!

Each piece in the book features sketch-to-final process images.

Go here to purchase the book from my Big Cartel store! Supplies are limited and when I sell out, there will be no reprint!: otisframptononlinestore.bigcar…

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Drawn and colored in Photoshop CS4 using a Cintiq 21UX.

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This is line-up of The Company of Dwarves from "The Hobbit". Each of these characters will be featured in my new 2013 convention sketchbook, "Lookin For Trouble"!

Go here to purchase the book from my Big Cartel store! Supplies are limited and when I sell out, there will be no reprint!: otisframptononlinestore.bigcar…

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Annatar again. I keep using the One Ring spell as a halo, but it's just so pretty... :|

Annatar/Sauron © J.R.R Tolkien
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I re-read The Silmarillion recently and with all the excitation for The Hobbit I'm in a mood for some fanart. :p

From left to right: Sauron > Varda > Manwë > Fëanor > Eönwë > Sauron (again) > Beleg.

All of them © J.R.R Tolkien

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Mostly Sauron haha.

I drew the main forms he takes in the book; from left to right: Númenor, Gorthaur, Dark Lord (post Númenor), Annatar and Mairon.

Two scenes: The first time he puts the master ring on his finger and Númenor drowning. The two (random) portraits are Lúthien and Beleg. :p

All of them © J.R.R Tolkien
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So according to this article [link], Dwarves prefer mead (honey wine) over any other drink. I didn't just want to fall back on beer/ale.
Thorin's majestic epicness (probably) allows him to be left handed, just saying'.

See Thranduil's version here: [link]

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (2012 Movie) © Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema/MGM
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My fav Middle-Earth shieldbros taking it easy in Ered Luin.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (2012 Movie) © Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema/MGM
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I never thought I'd be jumping on the 'Hot Dwarf' bandwagon but well, here I am. Nothin' I can do about it.

Glad I could have some art up. RL has been pretty busy, but always in a good way.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit (2012 Movie) © Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema/MGM
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Design for a bookmark' pack based in Lord of the Rings’ theme wel to me most exactrly is based in The Silmarillion.
Those character are Valar (Gods), now I'm going to copy-paste their info from Wikipedia:

Yavanna
Queen of the Earth and Giver of Fruits, spouse of Aulë, also called Kementári. She created the Two Trees, and is responsible for the Kelvar (animals) and Olvar (plants). It was she who requested the creation of the Ents, as she feared for the safety of the trees once her husband had created the Dwarves. The Two Lamps are created by Aulë at Yavanna's request, and their light germinates the seeds that she had planted. Following the destruction of the Two Lamps by Melkor and the withdrawal of the Valar to Aman, Yavanna sang into being the Two Trees of Valinor.

Manwë
He is the King of the Valar, husband of Varda Elentári and King of Arda. He lived atop Mount Taniquetil, the highest mountain of the world, in the halls of Ilmarin. The winds and airs were his servants, and he was lord of air, wind, and clouds in Arda. He was the noblest and greatest in authority, but not in power, of the Ainur and the greatest of the Aratar.

Varda
Queen of the Stars, spouse of Manwë, titled Elentári in Quenya and Elbereth Gilthoniel in Sindarin. She kindled the first stars before the Ainur descended into the world, and later brightened them with the gold and silver dew from the Two Trees. Melkor feared and hated her the most, because she rejected him before Time. The Elvish hymn A Elbereth Gilthoniel appears in three differing forms in The Lord of the Rings.

Oromë
Brother of Nessa and husband of Vána, also known as Araw in Sindarin, Aldaron ("Lord of the Trees"), Arum, Béma, Arāmē, The Huntsman of the Valar, and The Great Rider. During the Years of the Trees, after most of the Valar had withdrawn completely from Middle-earth and hidden themselves in Aman, Oromë still hunted in the forests of Middle-earth on occasion. Thus, he was responsible for first finding the Elves at Cuiviénen.

Ulmo
Lord of Waters. Unlike the other Valar, he was not married and had no fixed dwelling place. He lived in the deep waters of the ocean, and seldom troubled to come to Middle-earth unless the need was dire. Ulmo was one of the chief architects of Arda. In power he was second to Manwë.

Melkor
The First Dark Lord. His name means "he who arises in might". He was the first of the Ainur to be created by Eru Ilúvatar and the one who created discord in the Music of the Ainur. The spiritual brother of Manwë, he was the most powerful of the Valar, as he possessed all aspects of Eru's thought, whereas the others each possessed only some. He turned to evil, and was taken back to Valinor in the chain Angainor after the Awakening of the Elves in Cuiviénen. He remained on parole in Valinor for three ages, but after the poisoning of the Two Trees and the theft of the Silmarils, he fled from Valinor. He was no longer counted among the Valar, and Fëanor, one of the leaders of the Noldorin Elves, called him "Morgoth Bauglir", The Great Enemy, by which name he was known in Middle-earth ever after. He was cast out of Arda at the end of the War of Wrath.

Characters is © J.R.R Tolkien
Artwork is © Me
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Gimli and Legolas and their last journey through Middle-Earth, they're going to Ithilien's haven.




Character is © J.R.R Tolkien
Artwork is © Me
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Lord Of the Rings day! I don't know why but today I wanted to draw characters of The Lord of The Rings.
A Sketch portrait of Gil-Galad the last High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth.



Character is © J.R.R Tolkien
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This took me so long to finish it is legitimately stupid. But I am excited that it is done and I finally get to show you my shiny things. :3
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I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulë the Smith. Now I am trying to put some of that dream-material into a comic.

I want to explore some of the empty margins in the history of these characters, simply because there is a lot about Middle Earth theology that frustrates me a great deal, and I feel like the motivations of a lot of the 'dark' characters are not explored in the books at all (or at least, not to my satisfaction). So this is my sort of self-indulgent, mini "Paradise Lost" for the Silmarillion. XD


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Introducing Mairon, maia of Aulë; better known by his stripper name, Sauron, Dark Lord of Middle Earth.
But that's later. For now, enjoy the baby pictures.

I realize I'm playing a little fast and loose with the Silmarillion lore here... Arda starts out flat and therefore doesn't have a core, and exactly how or when the maiar were created wasn't clear to me, so I'm not sure when this 'creation' takes place chronologically. And, obviously, I'm making some stuff up to fill in the gaps of what is known about Mairon in a way that makes sense to me. ^_^; This comic is based on a dream I had after reading the Silmarillion, and not the book canon itself.

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I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulë the Smith. Now I am trying to put some of that dream-material into a comic.

I want to explore some of the empty margins in the history of these characters, simply because there is a lot about Middle Earth theology that frustrates me a great deal, and I feel like the motivations of a lot of the 'dark' characters are not explored in the books at all (or at least, not to my satisfaction). So this is my sort of self-indulgent, mini "Paradise Lost" for the Silmarillion. XD


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So, I started dreaming about Silmarillion stuff back during Chanukah…
One of those great, super-vivid, uninhibited brain-juice dreams that you have when you read something intense and then can’t quite sleep afterwards. Anyway, I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulë the Smith. And I wanted to make it into a comic.
I’ve tried to keep the character designs similar, at least, to the way they showed up in my head (it’s hard for me to go directly from dream-stuff to comics).

I want to explore some of the empty margins in the history of these characters, simply because there is a lot about Middle Earth theology that frustrates me a great deal, and I feel like the motivations of a lot of the 'dark' characters are not explored in the books at all (or at least, not to my satisfaction). So this is my sort of self-indulgent, mini "Paradise Lost" for the Silmarillion. XD

Here’s the first page. It’s been a few years since I last tried my hand at drawing comics and it is like trying to bench press an angry gorilla. @__@

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: FINISH A PROJECT OR DIE


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