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The Balrog of Moria by Mara999 The Balrog of Moria by Mara999
The Fellowship has been pursued through Moria all the way to the bridge of Khazad-dum. Then the orcs and trolls grow silent when "Durin's Bane" enters the fray.

Whether Balrogs have wings or not, I opt for them having wings simply for the coolness-factor. When I read the books I pictured them being almost like living shadows, being able to use existing shadows to morph their own bodymass and shape, which is why I haven't drawn any clear wings yet in this picture.
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kahnac Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Artist
For once, the orcs actually have a reason to be a bunch of cowards.:D I know if I ever saw anything like THAT in a big-ass hallway/corridor, i'd run, and hide as well. Ain't gonna die today, thank you!XDXDXD
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biohazard09 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Kinda looks like the animated movie
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is really wonderful! It perfectly captures the kind of Tolkien visuals I grew up with.
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Drexxxl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Amazing in my opinion, one of the best pictures that does not look exactly like the Jackson version!
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Clovis-91 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Very good.  =)
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ReDelta88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Something was coming up behind them. What it was could not be seen: it was like a great shadow, in the middle of which was a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror seemed to be in it and to go before it."
--J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Profion720 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2018
"It came to the edge of the fire and the light faded as if a cloud had bent over it. Then with a rush it had leaped across the fissure, the flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it, and a huge black smoke had swirled through the air. Its steaming mane had kindled. In its right hand was a blade like unto a stabbing tongue of fire and in its left hand it had held a whip of many thongs." J. R. R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring.
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Profion720 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018
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“It came to the edge of the fire and the light faded as if a cloud had bent over it. Then with a rush it had leaped across the fissure. The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it, and a huge black smoke had swirled through and in the air. Its streaming mane had kindled and blazed behind it. In its right hand was a blade like unto a stabbing tongue of fire and in its left hand it had held a whip of many thongs.” J. R. R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring.




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rain-and-sunshine Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I love the composition in this, with the dark foreground drawing focus to the brightly lit shadows beyond. great interpretation :)
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Mara999 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm in part inspired by how the scene was shot in Ralph Bakshi's movie, even though it's rather poorly executed, but it made an impression on me when I first saw it at the age of four.
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Starlace Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love the way you drew the trolls XD
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Selenmariene Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Trolls looks friendly, but dumb
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the way I like them. Like Peter Jackson I picture many of the trolls as being dim-witted animalistic creatures that have simply "fallen in with the wrong crowd" :P
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic picture!
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly!
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Eldaranwen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
*cough*wings*cough* ;)
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PanzerMuffin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Totally love the expressions! Great job! :D
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Mara999 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I just wanted to show the great fear the goblins have for their dark ally.
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