"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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Dwarves did not wage war against orcs. They sough to annihilate them. To kill each and every one of them. Period. They succeeded in destroying orcs as political entity and it took centuries for their numbers to resurge and Misty Mountains became safe for long time.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thank you for watching this serie, and for the comment!
Still, to illustrate Tolkiens stories with drawing ink and paper - its fun. No need to stress over tablets and programms.