Suddenly there was a great shout, and from the Gate came a trumpet call. They had forgotten Thorin! Part of the wall, moved by levers, fell outward with a crash into the pool. Out leapt the King under the Mountain, and his companions followed him. Hood and cloak were gone; they were in shining armour, and red light leapt from their eyes. In the gloom the great dwarf gleamed like gold in a dying fire.
Rocks were buried down from on high by the goblins above; but they held on. leapt down to the falls' foot, and rushed forward to battle. Wolf and rider fell or fled before them. Thorin wielded his axe with mighty strokes, and nothing seemed to harm him.
"To me! To me! Elves and Men! To me! O my kinsfolk!" he cried, and his voice shook like a horn in the valley.
Down, heedless of order, rushed all the dwarves of Dain to his help. Down too came many of the Lake-men, for Bard could not restrain them; and out upon the other side came many of the spearmen of the elves. Once again the goblins were stricken in the valley; and they were piled in heaps till Dale was dark and hideous with their corpses. The Wargs were scattered and Thorin drove right against the bodyguards of Bolg. But he could not pierce their ranks. Already behind him among the goblin dead lay many men and many dwarves, and many a fair elf that should have lived yet long ages merrily in the wood. And as the valley widened his onset grew ever slower. His numbers were too few. His flanks were unguarded. Soon the attackers were attacked, and they were forced into a great ring, facing every way, hemmed all about with goblins and wolves returning to the assault. The bodyguard of Bolg came howling against them, and drove in upon their ranks like waves upon cliffs of sand. Their friends could not help them, for the assault from the Mountain was renewed with redoubled force, and upon either side men and elves were being slowly beaten down."---
Drawing ink work, took "only" two days to finish this one after the mind was set on drawing once again. "Charge of Thorin" was the original idea for this one. And oops, Thorin carries a sword instead of an axe (same mistake I made years ago) - maybe he switched to it after the battle was turning against him! Previous works: "Battle of Five Armies: Warriors of Dain" tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/B… , "Battle of Five Armies: Elves of Mirkwood tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/B… and "Battle of Five Armies: Men of Esgaroth" tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/B… . "Beorn Finds Thorin" has been made earlier tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/B… . Final work, "Thorin's Farewell", is also somewhere in the sketch pile...
Check also the first entry of Iron Hill dwarves during the war between dwarves and orcs tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/B… and younger Dáin tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/D… and older Dáin tulikoura.deviantart.com/art/T… kicking some orc/easterling butts.
Yep, that's Thorin. And book is The source naturally, if you meant the trilogy being another option - that's just how Jackson imagined it to look like.
Hehe. In the drawing I made in 2009 I drew an empty scabbard, and as I used that one as a model I ended up drawing Thorin wielding a sword...again. It seems I can't get rid of the idea of Thorin wielding Orcrist - damn elves!
I enjoy the new details on the helmets from the dwarves, but still the older helmets are my favorites (the iron hats) - of course this helmets are nice too!
The details, fine lines and emotions are amazing. Today i clicked through your album (again) and i see the evolution of your work - just stunning.
This ink work are very rare in my opinion and i hope you make more! A artbook of your work special from your Tolkien stuff would be nice.
I know you have a private life, but don't let us wait so long for a new drawing!
Naturally, plenty of sketches and ideas waiting for the final moment although like you mentioned, job, other hobbies, social life etc tend to claim their own cruel shares. But I try to keep this more frequent! It just takes a small inspiration and a day or two later a drawing is finished.