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July 9, 2009
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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!
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.
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.
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. 
Gypsyworld Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Gothmog looks a bit like a Minotaur. Good job anyway :)
AbePapakhian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You mean the minotaur was modeled on Gothmog.
monchiken Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, wow ! that's amazing :)
avi17 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Wonderful. :)
GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Absolutely stunning!
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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