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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.