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Duel of Morgoth and Fingolfin by aautio Duel of Morgoth and Fingolfin by aautio
ĒThen Morgoth hurled aloft Grond, the Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder. But Fingolfin sprang aside, and Grond rent a mighty pit in the earth, whence smoke and fire darted. Many times Morgoth essayed to smite him, and each time Fingolfin leaped away, as a lightning shoots from under a dark cloud; and he wounded Morgoth with seven wounds, and seven times Morgoth gave a cry of anguish, whereat the hosts of Angband fell upon their faces in dismay, and the cries echoed in the Northlands.Ē

- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion, chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin


The Duel of Morgoth and Fingolfin (couldn't fit all this in the title field -- isn't it annoying the title has to be so short?)

Here's the last of the three Tolkien sketches i made last week (actually itís the first, but I saved it for the last, because I knew it was going to be the most arduous..).

One of the most memorable moments from the Silmarillion and one of my favourites, even if reading it always makes me sad..

While making these Tolkien illustrations I donít want to see any references but rather delve into my mind and try to find my own view.. still, itís plain to see Iím heavily influenced by everything Iíve seen before.. In particular, I remember having a Tolkien calendar illustrated by Ted Naismith (or something like that) a long time ago (mightíve been the calendar of the centenary year of í92, but canít remberber for certain. Thereís this image of Fingolfinís challenge and Morgoth is wearing a shirt thatís made of something that lookes like black dragonscales. I havenít seen the pic in years, and I didnít want to look it up now.. but thatís something that my mind goes back to every time I think of this scene.

So I think my Morgoth owes a lot to that painting. I wanted to draw his face, because I think just a helmet or something would be too anonymous and could not really contain the true evil he characterises. I picture him as a kind of a giant vampire lord with both elven and orcish features. His equipment I wanted to make fitting for his self-proclaimed status as the King of the World Ė decorated but still looking kind of evil.. like I really wanted Grond to look like something thatís bound to hurt if you get in itís path! :mwahaha:

Fingolfin wears what I imagine elven armour looked like: light, intricate plate over a fine scale mail haubergon

This oneís definitely my favourite of the three.. though it should be too, since I worked on it a lot longer than the previous ones. I really wasnít supposed to finish this yet since I should be busy writing my thesis, but still I put 6 hours into it today :doh: bringing the total spent on this close to 8. Uff.. too much for a pencil piece. I must say Iím really happy with it, though! :boogie:

Sepia version here: [link]

EDIT: Better scan
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Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
this too is one of my favorite just like the oath of Fešnor son's and their fight for the Silmarils!!
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WarpedPurity Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Re-reading the Silmarillion for the first time in years, and I must say this is my favourite part in the entire LOTR series, I think.
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Bulsoldier Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say that is one of the best (if not the best ) drawing of the fight between figlolfin and morgoth bauglir.It is one of many moments in the book that is filled with tragedy and surrow.Nontheless you really made a good piece of art.Btw the sepia variant is very good too,it is somehow easier to distinguish (spl?) them from one another.
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Bulsoldier Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say that is one of the best (if not the best ) drawing of the fight between figlolfin and morgoth bauglir.It is one of many moments in the book that is filled with tragedy and surrow.Nontheless you really made a good piece of art.Btw the sepia variant is very good too,it is somehow easier to distinguish (spl?) them from one another.
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Hellraiser87 Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
Amazing one you really have the pencil skills to draw a comic book :nod: :clap:
btw. Great gallery ;)

Dries
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Elenai Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005
I think I like it the best of your works, sepia version is also beautiful. I love your Grond, somehow I always imagined it as a square-shaped ordinary hammer :D I dunno, perhaps becouse of some illustrations I've seen earlier :D And yours looks really dangerous and powerfull, as well as beautiful (I don't know wether it is a proper word to describe a weapon :D). But what I like the best is Fingolfin's armour - it looks so light and fair and... elvish. Definately what I imagined :nod: Great work, keep it up!

oh, and you should send it to some Tolkien clubs on DA, if you haven't already! *tolkien ~Silmarillion-Club ~the-silmarillion
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Thanks a lot! I never thought elven armour looked much like Medieval knights armour, but something more light.. I think i got the idea for the segmented structure partially from the LotR movies, even if the armour looks otherwise quite different. And I had never given Grond's looks much thought, but when i started drawing it i figured it deserves to be something else than just a big hammer.. :)
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Elenai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
"big hammer" - that was excactly what I imagined :rofl: Keep on drawing
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
:lol: Thanks, i will! :)
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mindofka Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
Beautiful pencil work, your hading technique is great, I love it :clap:
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aautio Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
Thanks a lot! :boogie:
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vixentheangryfox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Holy sweet detail work o.o

:shakefist: darn you and your beautiful Tolkien drawings, now I'm going to have to read the Lord of the Rings series so I can understand them better ;P
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Thanks! :D ..I'm glad if this makes you read the Silmarillion.. I really recommend it! :)
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VikingBerserker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jeez your amazing at pencil drawings
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Thank you! :)
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
ohhhh man... that weapon.. and the steaming hole it left... and the electricity coming off of it!!! Great job!! The poses are really awesome, and the attire, and everything about it... just awesome... Awesome work!!!
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Thanks! :heart:
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005   Traditional Artist
ohh wow! one of the most depict scene from Silmarillion ^^......well, your work is wonderfull as always...
You have drawed Morgoth very very very very well!**, the action is perfect!** and Fingolfin armor is amazing!!!!!!
I repeat...VERY GOOD WORK!!^^
well, I have to say you goodbye now.....
see you in the next week^^
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Grazie mille! :D I'm really happy with this myself.. I've always had a very strong image of this scene in my mind. And true, it's been illustrated a thousand times over! Somehow i just managed by some blind luck to capture the movement exactly as i wanted in the first quick posing sketch and the rest of it it turned out well too. :)

One thing that bugs me now that i look at it, is that perhaps Fingolfin's cloak should go over the scabbard.. there's something off with the scale/perspective there. I might touch it later but not now..

ok, namŠriŽ! :)
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lilie-morhiril Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005   Traditional Artist
uhm, I don't know...I didn't see something strange Oo

ehm, sorry for the short message....but I'm very tired...I destroyed myself in those days ahahahahah

namarie!
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_O Definitely my favourite of the bunch... just for the wicked Grond and armour!! I love the energy coming from this one; the amount of detail is profound, and it's giving me goosebumps.
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Thanks! :heart: I think i drew Grond again like five times but now i'm relly happy with it too know the book says "fire and smoke" but i think "Lightnig followed by fire and smoke" is a little more kickass! :D
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree! Fire and smoke... it's been done. But Electricity adds a little more life to it, I think.
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Yeah, that's what i was thinking.. "Let's give the guy some REAL reason to dodge that hammer! ZZzzap!" :D Even if that electricity doesn't look like much as pencil lines.. but i'm thinking i'd love to see this one coloured.. then it'd be easy (...) to add add all kinds of funky effects to it too. :)

But alas, at the moment i don't have the tools, the time nor the skill to colour this the way i'd like.. but i'll get to it eventually!
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Arrgh.. just how many typos did i manage to get on a single line..? :roll: I guess i'd better get some sleep! ;)
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Verwildert Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao:
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senshimangaka Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
very good :D
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aautio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Thank you. :)
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senshimangaka Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
:)
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