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Dark Lore of LOTR - Into the Storm by TSRodriguez Dark Lore of LOTR - Into the Storm by TSRodriguez
"Ungoliant demanded that Morgoth surrender to her the Silmarils. However, Morgoth refused, and she attacked him in response. Weaving her dark webs, she attempted to enmesh him in net and take the Silmarils by force. Morgoth gave out a terrible cry of pain as she attacked, which was heard by the Balrogs hibernating under the ruins of Angband. They awoke and immediately rushed to the aid of their Lord, tearing apart Ungoliant's webbing with their fiery whips and forcing her to break off her attack"

Ungoliant: Give it to me, i must have it, Precious treasure, I deserve it 
Morgoth: How can i run, how can i hide, the Silmarils, Gems of treelight, Their life belongs to me, Oh it's sweet how the Darkness is floating around 
Balrogs (Chorus): We are following the will of the one, Through the dark age and into the Storm, and we are following the will of the One...…

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Given 2016-11-22
KarakNornClansman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2019
Wow. Very well deserved daily Deviation award. The reflected fire plays off so well on Ungoliant's monstrous underbelly. Great depiction of Balrogs, Morgoth, and the great Ur-Spider herself. Grotesque and marvellous impression.

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At any rate, splendid artworks! Evocative to boot, and detailed like a dream. Have a nice day. :)
Balgeron Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
This is godlike super awesome!!! omfg omfg omfg omfg omfg omfg 
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Goodness, they could tell the entire story of The Silmarillion as heavy-metal ballads interspersed with narrated segments, couldn't they? It would be such an epic...!
Void-Maker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
my god sooooo good
Cyklopi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
amazing illustration for "Silmarillion" 😊
Pariahnecron Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
,,And this kids is happenig,if a dark lord crys like a littel bich".
Deathlydollies13 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! It's so dramatic! O o O
DGraymanFanatic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
Fear Fear 
never poke the demon monster spider, morgorth. 
lordsiravant Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.

However, I do have one minor beef: Tolkien declared there were only ever seven Balrogs. I see eight here.
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!, Yeah,  minor interpretation of mine. I was planning on doing 14 because of personal mysticism, but they didn't fit on the canvas x3. Good observation though :D
heavens-champion Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017
I can hear the song by Blind Guardian already.
Ungoliant: "Give it to me. I must have it. Precious treasure. I deserve it."
Morgoth: "Where can I run? How can I hide the Silmarils? Gems of treelight. Their light belongs to me!"
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Its a damn Kickass song!
telloli Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Superb work
Andnore Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
This is my favorite version of Ungoliant: Morgoth and the Balrogs in the foreground really hammer home what a monster among monsters she is.
RafaelSkywalker Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well, this Ungoliant looks more terrible than the dark lord Morgoth itself! Aniway, I truly love your job, and hell yeah I love Blind Guardian an the entire album. "Nightfall on Middle Earth" is a masterpiece. Do you intend to make an art illustrating all the songs? It's an epic idea!
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I would love too. Time stand still, Blood Tears, Curse of Feanor comes to mind... Uff, maybe when I get some free time I will do them :D
RafaelSkywalker Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I really love to see this project.
So, I did by myself a version of the battle between Morgoth and Fingolfin, that is the theme of "Time Stands Still"...
Fingolfin Vs Morgoth (From Silmarillion) by RafaelSkywalker
Oracle-of-Moon Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
It perfectly illustrated the way I imagined Ungoliant! (except for the arms, which I had never imagined but which gave a nice touch), including the question of its dimensions =)
Diamondback24 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vonkarayan Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Can say only Worship 
sblanda Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you kidding me?  Am I in a dream?  An actual human being made this?  Seems more like Elf magic to me.   The Silmarillion is my favorite book and this is simply a gift to me.  Thank you.
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You are too kind. Thanks! 
ShadowSoul27 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
great job, with the details and all!
Visutox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Absolutamente genial. 
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
TeamStormbow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just... amazing
No words can realy describe it
eWeMad420 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
this really deserves a DD !!Doge Doge Doge 
shad0wlink Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
great work, though I am struck by irony;
the way the scene plays out morgoth and his backup look almost heroic as they drive back the slayer of the trees. Ah...if only he had taken that as his role, for ungoliant's existence proves he isn't the root of EVERYTHING evil...she was there before he started puttering around in Utumno. So there would've been plenty of ass for him to kick.
wonder what else is out there, come to think of it.
JeanlucDeGruchy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
actually before the world was created Melkor ventured into the void where he saw other semi-formed beings also created by illuvitar, he was awe struck by Erus' ability to create and wanted to create himself. However Eru never shared his omnipotence with any of the valar so Melkor took some of these formless beings and altered them to become creatures that served him. When the world was made these beings became the Maia and some were good as intended while others were Evil manifestations of Melkor. Ungoliant, Balrogs and dragons are all Maia spirits created by Melkor.  
shad0wlink Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2017
Didn't know balrogs started all firey from the very beginning. I thought they all started "normal" during the great music and when they signed on Melkor twisted their physical forms. and had no clue he was the reason ungoliant wound up being a fat spider thing. which is odd because I've read the silmarillion. meh, must've forgotten
JeanlucDeGruchy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
He did turn some "normal" maia as well such as Sauron after the great music, but ungoliant was created by him to be evil before the great music, in fact it was his journey into the void that kinda made Melkor Evil because he wanted to be like Eru just making whatever he wanted. 
shad0wlink Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
yeah re-reading the silmarillion prooves you right. thanks for that, oh gentleman and scholar thou!
...still think this pic makes it look like Melkor's actually pulled his head out of his ass and is playing defense for the good guys, trying to keep the last lights of the trees out of her hands/definitley has that "COME AT ME, BRO!" Vibe too it, which was NOTHING like what actually happened (has he ever actually WON a fight? For the strongest valar, he's got a pretty abysmal record, even in 1v1s.)
JeanlucDeGruchy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017
He has won loads of fights, but that doesn't mean he gets out of them unscathed. But what people forget is that Morgoth is the most powerful Valar because of his cunning and malevolence, hes manipulated elves, men and maia to willingly serve him and offers nothing in return. of course you're right that even he has a tendency of playing with fire. He let Ungoliant eat the trees but he didn't know that in doing so ungoliant becomes more hungry and stronger, strong enough to even eat Morgoth. And she would of eaten him if it wasn't for the balrogs' intervention.   
Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student General Artist
lonewolf100 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Amazing job
Matt-Campbell Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! AMAZING work it's just stunning!
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compclass4321 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
This also makes for an amazing heavy metal song by Blind Guardian.…
TSRodriguez Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I was inspired by that song, and i did put the link of it on the description 
WizardPuppy1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very spoopy.
Gryncek Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
Love it! *_*
Hellrider115 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
We are following
The will of the one
Through the dark age
And into the storm

Nice work
Nahttoter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Well, what is it?" (c)
Sci-Fifan95 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
I loved the Silmarillion.  And this part I always pictured as a very epic moment in the book.  This definitely show that.  Great work.
Callian31 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
Holy geez this is awesome!
lord-phillock Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016   Artist
I am feeling some serious Brothers Hildebrandt vibes here! Awesome work!
toddhicks209 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is stellar. I don't see what you could have done better.
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