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Bard with black arrow by breathing2004 Bard with black arrow by breathing2004
"Arrow!" said the bowman. "Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!"
― Bard, Fire and Water

Bard was the slayer of Smaug; King of Dale. Bard was descended from Lord Girion of Dale, whose wife and child had escaped to Laketown when Smaug ruined Dale and took the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) in TA 2770. In TA 2941, when Smaug emerged from the Lonely Mountain and attacked Laketown, Bard led the defense of the town. He had the bridges cut and organized a company of archers to fight the Dragon.
Bard himself fired many arrows with his great yew bow. He was down to his last arrow when a thrush came and perched on his shoulder. Because Bard was of the race of Dale, he was able to understand the thrush's words. The bird told him of the weak spot in Smaug's armor that Bilbo Baggins had discovered. Bard fired his Black Arrow and struck the hollow by Smaug's left breast and the Dragon fell from the sky, landing on Laketown and destroying it.
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VicodinFlavoredMints Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love that you drew Smaug's heart. :love: :iconbravoplz:
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MoonbeamDragon1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  New Deviant
Love the style you did it in excellent!
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wangyaosbiggestfan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Fantastic work! This is just gob-smacking! I've never seen art like this before - especially for the Hobbit! Well done - you should be very proud of this! :)
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this one going to be available as a print?
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I really should start saving up money - I definitely want a few pieces of your art - or do you have a artbook?
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sptanwar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
EPİCNESS ! :O


(Smaug Deserved it but I do also feel sad about him because he is just lonely-Last of his Kind)
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indifromspace Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   General Artist
this style reminds me of a mathematical equation, beautiful! 
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GlynaDougen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
Yuki Sohma Rat (Pretty Eyes) [V1] 
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PatrykWojciechowicz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Where is black arrow? I can see only purple : P
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irethshyr Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't even want to look at these, they're too beautiful ♥
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Keldain Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Awesome!  :D
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CarambolaG Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Fantastic!
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KaijuGuy19 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Simply amazing. :) I like how Smaug fires his flames at the town that way. It's going to be epic to see him in the second film.
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Mareishon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I like the flow of the image.
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tosheii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I absolutely love this! My favorite Tolkien hero. :D
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
it is so awsome :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Great work.
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Stoneclaws Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I have the Lee-illustrated versions of the Hobbit and LOTR. But if a version came out with your illustrations, I would buy them the day they were released. You need to talk to the Tolkein estate.
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Lady-Winterlace Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
You really should! Your illustrations are so fantastic!
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snurtz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Writer
I need this as a window.
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BitVyper Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Fuck yes, Bard! This looks fabulous.
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joanniegoulet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I feel like I'm repeating myself every time I comment on your work but what else can I say? I just love it!
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classicgamer76 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Very beautiful piece! Congrates!
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Good lord I love this! LOVE I SAY! :la: choir 
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Star-Gamer Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is truly amazing. I am lost for words. :iconwowplz:
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful lines, colors, composition, concept, and some of the most awesome Tolkien illustrations I've ever seen! You should have a published book of these :D
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
i was wondering, why don't u do the same thing for harry potter!!
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KFWisely Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! and I could even tell what part it was before I saw the tittle :)
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xxAredhelxx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I really love your art! :D
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
:clap::clap::clap:
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Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Writer
Simply wonderful! :heart:
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Vaalandil Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awsm!
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Wildhells Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Awesome!
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robertkeyzer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist
I wish I had money cause I would buy ever single one of the LOTR and Hobbit posters in canvas and line the walls of my home with them ........ being poor in a amazing world is cruel 
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fishandspaghetti Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Awesome as usual!  Although unlike Fractaldragon I'm not sure how I feel about the arrows.  I feel like they break up the flow too much and are a bit distracting.  But otherwise awesome!  Compliment sandwich!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Another wonderful piece! This one is dynamic! I love the pattern of all the arrows flying towards Smaug.

You do know that you really really really need to put out a book of your art!
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ArchaicHourglass Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Filmographer
I really love the kind of medieval stained glass thing you've got going on with this, and your Smaug is beautiful.
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RCris123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I LOVE YOUR SMAUG!
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Venegal Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love dragons, I love the Hobbit yet this single scene in the book made me hate the latter so...MUCH...REALLY ? ONE ARROW!?
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Celia-Hernando Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Your art keeps improving every single day, impossible as it seems! I love your work :) At this rate all your new works are going to be 100% of my favourites.
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ginchan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is next level gorgeous! The composition is fantastic. Really great work here. +fav
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