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Pyres and Great Labour by Tulikoura Pyres and Great Labour by Tulikoura
Eighth and final illustration to my "War of the Dwarves and Orcs" - serie. Pencil, drawing ink & graphite pencil work.
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"The Battle of Nanduhirion was finally over as Azog the Orc was slain by Dain Ironfoot. But no feast nor song was there that night; for their dead were beyond the count of grief.

Barely half of their number could still stand or had hope of healing. Dwarves were at the gate of their ancient kingdom, but they couldn't enter; Durins Bane still walked in the halls of Khazad-Dum, and long time will pass before Durins folk will walk again in Moria. Therefore, those Houses which fought this war for vengeance alone, had to go home without the rewards and the weregilds.

So it was that after the battle of Nanduhirion the dwarves dispersed again. But first with great labour they stripped all their dead, so that orcs should not come and win there a store of weapons and mail. It is said that every dwarf that went from that battlefield was bowed under a heavy burden.

Dwarves also built many pyres and burned all the bodies of their kin. There was a great felling of trees in the valley, which remained bare ever after, and the reek of the burning was seen from afar. Such dealings are grievous to dwarves, as they couldn't build proper tombs for their fallen for that would have taken years; so to fire they therefore turned, rather than leave their kin to beast or bird or carrion-orc.

Such was the end of Great War, which was long, ruthless and unknown to many."
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:iconthegonzanator:
thegonzanator Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of this content is incredible!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
But the dwarves always remember the battle, and the galantry they fought with; from now then on anytime a dwarve died either with honor or honesty, his/her acquitances say; "he/she is an Incinerated one", cause there are no better examples of glory and honour between them that the ones that died that day.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said :)
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coranglais Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I just finished looking at the whole series. Fabulous work! I think #3 is my favorite.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for viewing this serie, I'm glad you like it. This project was interesting and fun to do, to link these single illustrations and tell a story.

Hehe, that illustration is one of my favourites as well. Many interesting elements to combine (I have always wanted to draw Moria and its surroundings), and all succeeded pretty well - considering its still only a b&w work.
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coranglais Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I hope you do more such series in the future. I think I'll watch you...
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Series are interesting, as I mentioned, and I have couple of ideas what would be the next serie.

For example, there isn't too much information about Balin and his journey to Moria. Not much but still enough; we know that Balins reign lasted for five years to his death. I planned to give a try and illustrate this journey.
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coranglais Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I look forward to seeing it!
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randolfo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very very good!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you very much!
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TheMoonsSea Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And again! You're pictures are very detailed. Amazing work.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Sometimes I just "detail" too much and then its very messy. But I do love to try drawing realistic characters and armours (ringmail is my favourite).
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TheMoonsSea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, ringmail is also my favorite! It goes well with just about any design.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive! The details are brilliantly worked out, and despite all the "light" the sad atmosphere comes across very well. Great work! (And it's lovely to see someone focusing on the dwarves for a change!)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!

Its quite hard to adjust the balance between light and shadows in this style I draw, its not perfect yet. It might be too light, or too dark. Still, most important is that it manages to bring the message across.

There's something special in M-E dwarves and their history, I agree. I have mostly seen illustrations about elves.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, I'm guilty of focusing mostly on Elves myself. But I admire it all the more when someone manages to do more about the dwarves!

I think the message comes across perfectly well. You've put such emotion into the picture that the contrast between the bright day and the dark theme enhances the picture, I think!
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danielpapen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Nice :) Your style resembles mine in my Hobbit Illustrations :)
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DappleHack Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a great project really! I have a special love for dwarves in M-E world, and I always grieved that there are so few pictures about them around. Your cycle was a delight to my eyes.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats glad to hear. That was the basic reason why I chose to draw this serie; it really is a rare sight to see illustrations concerning dwarven history, and stories about M-E dwarves are rare as well. There's something special in that race, I have to admit. It's easy to keep drawing and drawing from that theme...

Thank you for watching this serie, and for the comment!
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Wow, this is amazing. Beautiful work. You have a great style.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment. My style might be a bit rough, but I think it kinda fits to themes like this. It's not perfect, yet.

Still, to illustrate Tolkiens stories with drawing ink and paper - its fun. No need to stress over tablets and programms.
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
It really does fit the scene you chose to depict. And I prefer traditional art myself, ink or charcoal and paper, so I doubly agree.
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JulieanneFowler91 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Wow
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you!
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LayeroftheBrick Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Very nice! The way you mix ink and graphite looks good. I really like the sense of worn emotion you've managed portray through the characters' poses, particularly of those marching on the right of the frame.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment!

Glad that you think ink and graphite works here. You know, drawing the scenery with drawing ink as well would have been a disaster. One solution could have been thicker outlines to foreground scenery in order to create somekind of fading-effect to mountains in the background...

I fear I might draw very similar looking scenes one after another, so its kinda relieving to hear that some differences can be seen when it comes to characters ;)
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Grishend Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this one as well. The smokes and the details are way magnificent. Great job in portraying the battle. I love the expression on the tired soldiers, really portrays how bad a battle can be. Lovely work as usual!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again for the in-depth comment!

In technical aspect, I'm happy with the result. I hope to say, that to this eighth illustration I managed to combine more good than bad aspects from previous illustrations.

Pyrrhos' victory could be a term to describe this battle. And war for vengeance alone wont end well. Much of sadness and melancholic stories can be found from Tolkiens books and in Middle-Earths history; still hope and justice endure, even if defending these virtues might come at the cost of stubborness.
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Grishend Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!

I agree, each illustration you tend to portray battles better and better. So yes, I think you managed to combine more good aspects from the previous ones. Congratulations!
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Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great end to a well done series
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I liked drawing this serie very much, as story was great itself, like Tolkiens stories usually are. I also learnt a lot while doing this serie, thanks to all these comments!
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A-c-e-t-o-n-e Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Nice :D

I don't know if you did this on purpose or not, but the background has kind of a whispy quality to it that adds to the scene.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks,

Background has its own purpose although this term "whispy" you used isnt too familiar to me.

Mountain slope back there is supposed to be far away so it shouldn't be too "visible", although I highlighted some towers there. Sun is shining from the right, so part of the slope is whiter because of it. It seems quite bright, but I guess its the same problem you mentioned earlier;

"Another I noticed is that the sky could have been made to look more gray than white. I mean you have the sun there, but you also obviously have clouds, and I think with that many clouds it shouldn't be shinning that brightly."

This aspect is odd, as when I draw I dont pay attention to it; but after scanning, blank part is a very powerful contrast when compared to parts made by graphite pencil...
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A-c-e-t-o-n-e Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Kind of a foggy, almost insubstantial quality I would say. It fits in pretty well with the smoke, so no harm done there. And I think you did a better job illustrating the sun shining in this one than in the one I previously commented on.
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Vidugavia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Best one in the serie. Shows the price of victory.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Story might tell it better, but I hope you can see that this isn't an army of victorious soldiers marching to their homes while singing! ;)

Thank you for the comment, and glad you like this. Personally I'm happy to this serie, and I learnt a lot while I drew.
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Vidugavia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
The price of victory is loss. In this case loss without any real gain. They only gained the armour and weapons of their dead comrades.
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The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist
your work never fails to astonish
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, that is flattering to hear indeed.
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woutart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Dear J, you captured the narrative really well. A great conclusion to the series. Almost anti-climactic in a way that the Dwarves never actually got what they were after. All they found was death and grief, even in victory. It is this 'failure' to obtain what they so desparately fought for that you have managed to convey brilliantly in this final piece. The sad faces, bent backs and visible wounds all tell the tale.

I won't mention the armours again, I have done so on numerous occassions! ;)

I salute you! :salute:
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the in-depth comment of yours, W.

I agree. In general, not too much stories of happiness can be found from Middle-Earths history. Middle-Earth wasnt the most peaceful place to live, but especially when it comes to dwarves, such a melancholic history they have! They face even the hardest obstacles to claim their rights if they feel insulted, even if that brings them to the brink of destruction. Its odd, but such a stubborness appeals to me.

Nice to hear this one succeeded in your opinion.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Unknown to many" That's true, I didn't remember this. But I like when people draw things that are not so well known :) Especially when it's this well-made ;)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much for the comment!

I think this isn't one of the most famous stories from Middle-Earth, although many similar stories can be found from Lotr-books appendix. Not to mention Silmarillion etc... Exciting, nonetheless. I still seem to find something new every time I read that book.
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Morionquetil Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Your sense of detail continues to amaze!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I managed to keep this relatively "clear", so it was easy to add some small details here and there - without making the drawing look too "crowded".

Thank you for the comment!
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really good!
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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