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EcthelionandGothmog by AbePapakhian EcthelionandGothmog by AbePapakhian
watercolour on 300 lb hp paper.
second version of this piece. I wasn't very happy with the first.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
 While all of Middle-Earth tell Balrog stories to frighten their children, Balrogs tell GONDOLIN stories to frighten THEIR Hellspawn!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I like this one a lot. It was a great dynamic image of the duel by (and in) the fountain. Ecthelion grappled the monster and pulled it into the fountain, which you have deliniated in fine style. Tolkien always imagined his Elves as being physically powerful beings, so this one might have earned his approval in that respect. The size of Gothmog is not something I am too worried about; there are some indications that the balrogs could modulate their size, or suffer a loss of it in certain circumstances. It's enough that Gothmog is larger than a man, or even a tall Elf, and demonstrably powerful in an infernal manner.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. This is a tricky one. You have make the balrogs formidable but they also have to be within a physical range for the elves. You can't have giant elves or Balrogs. I think that Tolkien was aiming for creatures of a more understandable proportion.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Tolkien seems to have changed his mind about their size a time or two as well. He emphasized the menacing power and strength more than overt physical features, so that has been my big criterion for determining liking a picture with a balrog in it. 
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Gypsyworld Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Gothmog looks a bit like a Minotaur. Good job anyway :)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You mean the minotaur was modeled on Gothmog.
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monchiken Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, wow ! that's amazing :)
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avi17 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Wonderful. :)
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Absolutely stunning!
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VanwaLullaby Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
I love your design for the Balrog.
I would love to see you do a sketch, or a painting if you could ever find time, of Glorfindel and the Balrog.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I love how he is basically tackling a Balrog. That's so epic.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This was a tough scene to visualize. You know when I read Tolkien's description of this battle, he described Ecthelion wrestling Gothmog into the pool and held him there until he died, which throws a whole different light on the scale of Balrogs. Now try imagining that wrestling scene being done with a balrog on a massive scale. I think what I like most about this piece were the flames around and reflecting off Tuor's armour.
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Well, you have to take into account the scale of the Children of Illuvatar of the 1st Age. Elu Thingol, the tallest of all the Elves, was apparently somewhere in the neighbourhood of eight feet tall, and it seems unlikely that a great Elven Lord such as Glorfindel would have been much shorter.
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Or that Balrogs are on a much more human scale than how they are depicted. An eight foot Balrog can be wrestled by a seven foot elven lord, but we like seeing our villains as larger than life. Embellishing increases the heroic aspect of the struggle. There was a Gustave Dore wrestling scene that I was envisioning when I did this.

As a side note, I believe Sauron was also described as being wrestled by Gil-Galad and Elendil before they were both killed, maybe giving Isildur the advantage of standing over a downed Sauron. Just a thought.
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V-for-Vienna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I'd go with the "eight-foot-tall 1st Age lords and heroes" interpretation anyway, were it not for the problem of how 6'6" (or whatever it was" Aragorn wielding the sword of one of said lords and heroes. ;)
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Gildhartt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent. =)
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you.
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PoPanda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
breathtaking! and it seems so alive!
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AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
I really like this balrog you designed. Very nice.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
It's all made of power and skill!
The noldo should be like that! Blue and gold! perfect colour concept for 'em. This scene was always a little boring to me, the mighty gothmog slain by a helm spyke! What the heck!
But you made it epic and amazing! Kinda bard of the images, turning the average into epic.
thanks for the beautyful art.
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045-lucky Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
i'm a good reader, and the silmarillion took me like 6 months to read! but its made of awesome. this is really good well done!!
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TheLotRClub Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Great! But you should upload the first version- where he saves Tuor- as well. It is exceptionally well-designed. This is my favourite scene in the Silm- you've portayed it beautifullly. :D
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yjinbS Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student Photographer
graet
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