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Story of Tuor, Part 5: The Fall of Gondolin by neral85 Story of Tuor, Part 5: The Fall of Gondolin by neral85
At last, in the year when Eärendil was seven years old, Morgoth was ready, and he loosed upon Gondolin his Balrogs, and his Orcs, and his wolves; and with them came dragons of the brood of Glaurung, and they were become now many and terrible. Of the deeds of desperate valour there done, by the chieftains of the noble houses and their warriors, and not least by Tuor, much is told in The Fall of Gondolin: of the battle of Ecthelion of the Fountain with Gothmog Lord of Balrogs in the very square of the King, where each slew the other, and of the defence of the tower of Turgon by the people of his household, until the tower was overthrown; and mighty was its fall and the fall of Turgon in its ruin.
Tuor sought to rescue Idril from the sack of the city, but Maeglin had laid hands on her, and on Eärendil; and Tuor fought with Maeglin on the walls, and cast him far out, and his body as it fell smote the rocky slopes of Amon Gwareth thrice ere it pitched into the flames below. Then Tuor and Idril led such remnants of the people of Gondolin as they could gather in the confusion of the burning down the secret way which Idril had prepared.
There was a dreadful pass, Cirith Thoronath it was named, the Eagles' Cleft, where beneath the shadow of the highest peaks a narrow path wound its way; on the right hand it was walled by a precipice, and on the left a dreadful fall leapt into emptiness. Along that narrow way their march was strung, when they were ambushed by Orcs, for Morgoth had set watchers all about the encircling hills; and a Balrog was with them. Then dreadful was their plight, and hardly would they have been saved by the valour of yellow-haired Glorfindel, chief of the House of the Golden Flower of Gondolin, had not Thorondor come timely to their aid.
Many are the songs that have been sung of the duel of Glorfindel with the Balrog upon a pinnacle of rock in that high place; and both fell to ruin in the abyss. (...) Then Thorondor bore up Glorfindel's body out of the abyss, and they buried him in a mound of stones beside the pass; and a green turf came there, and yellow flowers bloomed upon it amid the barrenness of stone, until the world was changed.
The Silmarillion (chapter 23)


watercolor pencils

Fifth part of my set of illustrations for the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin (in the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales), which I drew last summer as a commission for certain Tolkien-fans.
This page is solely dedicated to the three crucial duels which took place during the Fall of Gondolin and shortly afterwards. The two scenes of mighty elven lords fighting balrogs mirror each other in the upper and lower panel, while the central scene depicts our main characters again. These are possibly the first serious fight illustrations I've ever made, so I hope they don't look too bad. :-)
As for the heraldic devices, there are again the ones of Tuor and Idril in the upper right and lower left corners respectively. The other two, as you might have guessed belong to Ecthelion and and Glorfindel and cohere with both of their fight scenes. I had to make up these two emblems myself, but it was quite interesting to do (obviously starting from the motifs of fountain and golden flower).

Part 1: Tuor in Hithlum
Part 2: Journey to the Sea
Part 3: Tuor in Vinyamar
Part 4: Coming to Gondolin
Part 6: A New Beginning

I hope you like it and I'll appreciate your comments. :-)

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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 at the gallery of illustrations. Enjoy! :-)
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tohle je super, tohle je síla! :) Jeden z mých nejoblíbenějších ze série. Tuor má tady naprosto geniální výraz! :aww:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc! :aww: No, já na ty postavy zas až tak moc nejsem, ale snad se mi tady povedlo jakž takž vystihnout podstatu scény... =D
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EKKnight Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is awesome man.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :-)
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EKKnight Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tak procházím tvé ilustrace a žasnu. Jsou skvělé :) ¨Pád Gondolinu mám jako příběh velmi ráda a Tuor je jedna z mých oblíbených postav-povedl se ti úžasně, to brnění a sekera. 
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neral85 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju moc, jsem rád, že se ti to líbí. :thanks:
Já jsem normálně spíš na ty krajiny než na postavy, natož nějaké akční scény, takže tohle bylo pro mě dost těžké. Ale měl jsem poměrně jasnou představu, jak by to mělo vypadat a jsem rád, že se mi to povedlo dotáhnout do konce. :-)
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aronoiiel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
This is wordlessly impressive! I have yett seen a single art piece that does the various battles of Gonolin justice and here are three of the best known depictions in one masterfully done piece! I absolutely love this ^_^
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm really delighted that you value my work so high! :thanks:
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merdanel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this! I like how you managed to work in multiple scenes
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks: I am particularly happy for how it turned out in this one... :nod:
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Rayless-Night Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
The details are gorgeous. I like the combination of bright blue and orange, and you balanced the images really well across the page. It's somber but also very beautiful.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! :hug: I'm quite glad with the way it turned out.. :-)
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palantiriel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Love it! So dramatic and full of colour and shadow. Wonderful!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :-)
I just looked at your gallery and was reminded that you recently made a similar picture, and it's a lovely one, you have a great style. :nod:
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Wanderlings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
love the depiction of the balrogs!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :dance:
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Leevah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Very impressed with the heraldic devices you created. The lighting in Glorfindel's scene is absolutely lovely. :)
Very cool that you have drawn Maeglin with the black sword.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! :thanks: You have some nice pictures in your gallery too! ;-)
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Jedi-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tak tohle je... Skvělý! Já to chtěla kreslit taky, ale poté co jsem uviděla tento obrázek jsem s tím praštila :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky moc, to jsem rád, že se ti to líbí. :-) Určitě bych ale byl nerad, kdyby tě to mělo odradit od zpracování vlastní verze. :thumbsup: I když já samozřejmě mám problém odhodlat se k tomu zpracovat něco, co už přede mnou někdo zpracoval krásně :| (proto jsem se vlastně dlouho zaměřoval na ty co nejméně známé součásti Tolkienova světa a pořád se nerad pouštím do nějakých známých scén z Pána prstenů, i když tam je třeba spousta inspirace ;-) ).
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Jedi-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No právě - teď pracuju na sérii sedmi Fëanorových synů, což taky kreslí všichni a mám ohledně toho docela smíšené pocity ... :-/
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No jo, už vidím první dva. Je to skvělé, nenech se odradit. Těším se, že uvidím další! :nod:
Já zase bych hrozně rád někdy udělal Valar, ale ještě jsem se k tomu neodhodlal (zatím se držím bezpečí málo známých gondorských králů=D).
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Jedi-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:-) já nevím ani jestli v tom pokračovat, ono je těžké si uchovat vlastní představu když je všichni vidí jako gold-seven :-(
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pokračuj, moc rád bych viděl další! :nod: Naopak, musíš to brát tak, že je potřeba ukázat i jinou představu. Mně třeba to, jak film Pán prstenů ovlivnil pro většinu lidí jejich představu Faramira, přesvědčilo abych ho nakreslil sám tak jak si ho představuju, černovlasého bez vousů, a tak (pravda, ne přímo portrét, ale aspoň ve skupině lidí). Takže člověk by se určitě neměl nechat odradit, tím, že existuje nějaká jiná verze, pokud má sám nějakou zajímavou představu. :-)
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Jedi-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D no jo no... teď pracuju na Maeglinovi a Tuorovi a Idril, ale nějak to vázne a tak skicuju všechno možné :-)Ale i tak jsem ovlivněna Gold-seven, hlavně u Fëanora, já si ho nedokážu představit jinak než ona!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No tak taky není nic špatného, když se člověk nechá ovlivnit. Nebo když mu prostě nějaké umělecké zpracování sedne natolik dobře, že nemá potřebu vymýšlet nic odlišného. :-)
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Meltintalle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I can't even find words. The upper and lower panels are my favorites. The border frames the whole piece so well! I love the watery effect in Ecthelion's device. Wow.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like it so much! :-)
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gbindis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Szczegółowość Twoich prac zawsze robi na mnie wrażenie. Płomienie bardzo udane, a najlepiej wygląda Balrog! :)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dziękuję za komentarz! :hug:
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befanini Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Love your work. It's so... organic, but transcending that at the same time. I can feel the sincerity of your effort (if that is not a silly thing to say). Your whole gallery seems to me the work of a humble soul who has glimpsed "the high" and strives faithfully to record it.
... Much like a certain hobbit and the Red Book. ;)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your nice comment! :hug: I am really pleased that you think so and you honour me by such a comparison. :aww:
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow :wow: What wonderful detail! :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super! Samý oheň! :D Teda ne, že by se mi to líbilo jen proto, že jsem tak trochu pyroman... :D Opravdu nádherné! :hug: Akční a plné adrenalinu - úplně si to dokážu živě představit! :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, pyromana musí tenhle obrázek určitě nadchnout! =D Ale každopádně díky za komentář! :thanks:
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: :D
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TolkienOP Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It´s awesome as always!
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive :) I like the fiery theme
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Linnea, I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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silamir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Awesome as always, and so much detail!!! :D
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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silamir Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   General Artist
you're welcome!
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noleme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Good work there on the skies and flames. I also like how you made the balrogs canon-sized, yet scary. :)
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: I'm quite satisfied it turned out so well... =D
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JuliaElven Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Úžasné. :) Je to skvěle propracované do posledního detailu. Opět se musím podivovat nad Tvou šikovností.
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neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju, to jsem rád, že se ti to líbí! :-)
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JuliaElven Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Není zač. :)
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