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Durin's Stone by neral85 Durin's Stone by neral85

"They rose and looked about them. Northward the dale ran up into a glen of shadows between two great arms of the mountains, above which three white peaks were shining: Celebdil, Fanuidhol, Caradhras. the Mountains of Moria. At the head of the glen a torrent flowed like a white lace over an endless ladder of short falls, and a mist of foam hung in the air about the mountains' feet.
`Yonder is the Dimrill Stair,' said Aragorn, pointing to the falls. 'Down the deep-cloven way that climbs beside the torrent we should have come, if fortune had been kinder.'
`Or Caradhras less cruel,' said Gimli. `There he stands smiling in the sun! ' He shook his fist at the furthest of the snow-capped peaks and turned away.
To the east the outflung arm of the mountains marched to a sudden end, and far lands could be descried beyond them, wide and vague. To the south the Misty Mountains receded endlessly as far as sight could reach. Less than a mile away, and a little below them, for they still stood high up on the west side of the dale, there lay a mere. It was long and oval, shaped like a great spear-head thrust deep into the northern glen; but its southern end was beyond the shadows under the sunlit sky. Yet its waters were dark: a deep blue like clear evening sky seen from a lamp-lit room. Its face was still and unruffled. About it lay a smooth sward, shelving down on all sides to its bare unbroken rim.
`There lies the Mirrormere, deep Kheled-zāram! ' said Gimli sadly. `I remember that he said:
"May you have joy of the sight! But we cannot linger there." Now long shall I journey ere I have joy again. It is I that must hasten away, and he that must remain.'
The Company now went down the road from the Gates. It was rough and broken, fading to a winding track between heather and whin that thrust amid the cracking stones. But still it could be seen that once long ago a great paved way had wound upwards from the lowlands of the Dwarf-kingdom.
In places there were ruined works of stone beside the path, and mounds of green topped with slender birches, or fir-trees sighing in the wind. An eastward bend led them hard by the sward of Mirrormere, and there not far from the roadside stood a single column broken at the top.
'That is Durin's Stone! ' cried Gimli. `I cannot pass without turning aside for a moment to look at the wonder of the dale! '
`Be swift then! ' said Aragorn, looking back towards the Gates. `The Sun sinks early. The Orcs will not, maybe, come out till after dusk, but we must be far away before nightfall. The Moon is almost spent, and it will be dark tonight.'
'Come with me, Frodo! ' cried the dwarf, springing from the road. `I would not have you go without seeing Kheled-zāram.' He ran down the long green slope. Frodo followed slowly, drawn by the still blue water in spite of hurt and weariness; Sam came up behind.
Beside the standing stone Gimli halted and looked up. It was cracked and weather-worn, and the faint runes upon its side could not be read. `This pillar marks the spot where Durin first looked in the Mirrormere,' said the dwarf. 'Let us look ourselves once, ere we go!'
They stooped over the dark water. At first they could see nothing. Then slowly they saw the forms of the encircling mountains mirrored in a profound blue, and the peaks were like plumes of white flame above them; beyond there was a space of sky. There like jewels sunk in the deep shone glinting stars, though sunlight was in the sky above. Of their own stooping forms no shadow could be seen.
'O Kheled-zāram fair and wonderful! ' said Gimli. `There lies the Crown of Durin till he wakes. Farewell! ' He bowed, and turned away, and hastened back up the green-sward to the road again."


coloured pencils

Just like my earlier picture Uninvited Guest, I made it for a Czech illustrators' website Projekt ilustrace, for October monthly contest "The Fellowship of the Ring" (the theme was to be any scene from that book, not necessarily the Fellowship itself). As a Tolkien artist I couldn't have missed it. :-)

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If you like my Tolkien-related art, look at my related journal or gallery folder.
But you can find even more of my pictures on my website Angrenost.cz. It's in Czech, but you can still look over the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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:iconautumnleaf1230:
AutumnLeaf1230 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
a memory in the mirror lake :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)
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Numellote Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Love it :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Larwen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! :love:
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
 Once again you prove a master of the landscapes in Middle-Earth; it's easy to see why poor Balin was so enraptured by the mirrored waters of Kheled-Zaram when one looks at your depiction of them.
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Clap 
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DreamyLory Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
It is a near perfect match of my mental image too :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance: I'm glad I succeeded in capturing this memorable scene. :nod:
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished reading this part and this was a great drawing to see afterwards!  Wonderful drawing :-)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really glad to hear that! I did few real illustrations of particular scenes from the books (most of my Tolkien-inspired pictures are just places described in the book) but I'm quite glad with how this one turned out, it feels the right way for me and I'm glad to see others like it too! :thanks:
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:-) Yes, this picture really matched the one I had in my head!  So did the one you did of Cerin Amroth.  Again, such lovely work!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that! :hug:
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) (Smile) 
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Airarrakis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I was hoping to find some artwork of the Dimrill Dale and turns out you've got one of the only ones, and it happens to be just as I'd imagined it. Great job!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm always glad to find out that my artwork match someone else's taste... :-)
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Airarrakis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
No problem! You're way better with colored pencils than I am. I feel that there are so many places in Middle Earth still waiting to be brought to life. The Dimrill Dale is one such place and I'm glad you did it. Feels so peaceful, as it was in the book after the tragedy in Moria.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pleasure to hear that! :-) I like to draw places and characters which are not well known or often depicted.... :-)
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Very stunning, and there is a story too.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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palantiriel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I don't think I've seen any illustrations of the Dimrill Dale before, but I love it! You've done a wonderful job of brining the beauty of Tolkien's writitng into this picture. I especially like the mountains :)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: I have seen some (I found them when I was doing some research for this picture), but not much, and not this exact scene...
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AlexisHunter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! :)
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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AlexisHunter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No Problem! You do magnificent work! :D
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Yersef Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Oh, the blue, the green, the grey... *-*
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thynks, I'm glad you like it! :-)
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Hemhet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Heartbreakingly beautiful landscape. I like so much this scene in the book. :)
The texture of the hills, the grass and the stone are great. (Only the water looks a little strange for me, but not to disturbing.)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your nice comment! :hug:
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moonwaterlight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy shit the background 0_0
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I'm really glad you like the picture! :-)
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BlueGroin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Very nice! Great colours in the background the Durins stone very detailed.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :dance:
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gbindis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Beautiful!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dzięki! :thanks:
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Arielphf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Excellent! In fact, you have imagined this scene almost exactly as I did - thank you for sharing this with us!
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, that's great! :nod:
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really good drawing! Love the mood.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Sorry, Clumsy fingers. I wouldn't make Gimli wider. The fact dwarfs are strong not necessarily means they're inflated. Alan Lee's dwarfs are quite slender...
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neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment! :thanks:
Maybe I had subconsciously the same opinion as you. =D When I think about it, I'm really not sure, how slender or bulky they should be...
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Like it very much, specially the background. But
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jojo, už jsem pro tebe hlasovala :D. Krásné, krásné! :aww: Ty hory jsou úplně úžasné. Dočista cítím ten studený čerstvý vzduch! A trávu, jak voní. :aww:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Joj, děkuju mockrát za komentář i za hlas! :dance:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nemáš zač :D
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RayanAhmed Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done. Very colourful and beautiful. Just needs some more work on the waterscapes.
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:iconneral85:
neral85 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :nod:
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Lienka32 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
wow, really awesome! It must have been lot of work. I love the green you choose for the mountains :love:

vsetky tie detajly na skalach a horach... naozaj super! ^^ asi by som nemala taku trpezlivost :D
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