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October 5, 2013
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You cannot pass by breathing2004 You cannot pass by breathing2004
"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."
—Gandalf to the Balrog.
On January 15, 3019, the Fellowship came to the Bridge of Khazad-dûm pursued by Orcs and a Balrog of Morgoth. Gandalf stopped on the Bridge, standing in the middle of the span, allowing the others to escape. He leaned on the staff in his left hand and held the sword Glamdring, gleaming cold and white, in his right. The Balrog stepped onto the Bridge, facing Gandalf, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings. It raised its whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm and declared that the Balrog could not pass. They fought, and the Balrog's sword was destroyed. Then the Balrog leaped full upon the Bridge, and Gandalf lifted his staff and smote it upon the bridge. His staff shattered, but the Bridge cracked at the Balrog's feet. The stone beneath the Balrog broke and fell, taking the Balrog with it into the abyss, but the thongs of its whip snared Gandalf about his knees, and Wizard and Balrog plummeted together into the depths of the mountain. Gandalf cried, "Fly, you fools!" and was gone
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You've done a incredible job on all of these.
rachaelm5 Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your stylization is absolutely magnificent.  This is definitely among my favorite representations of the Balrog scene that I have ever seen.
HeroLoverFoolVillain Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, my absolute favourite from all you galery tied up with " The Ring "

instant + fave 

P.S: Curious, that one of your most simple works can also be the best. But in my opinion it is, even though something that does make you great is detail.
This style reminds me of an old 'Samurai Jack' cartoon. I'm almost ashamed that I remember any cartoons ;)
sun-lily Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I like this stained glass window style. The colors are beautiful.
I liked the fixed hand! Now it is perfect.
Great piece!  Gandalf will always rock!
AreusBookworm Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

...Gandalf is left handed?!

That was honestly my first reaction, immediately followed by " epic!"

Once again, amazing!

Your picture is amazing! However. Pay close attention to the text: "He leaned on the staff in his **left** hand and held the sword Glamdring, gleaming cold and white, in his **right**".

The hands are inverted, mate.
Minor gripe: in your blurb you say the staff is held in the left hand and the sword in the right, but you've illustrated it the opposite way.
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