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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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Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Here's something that most people don't know, there is more behind "Fly, you fools!" than most realize, Gandalf knew that from the beginning of the fellowship that flying to Mordor using the eagles would be the best solution but he did not tell that to any one for he was afraid that the dark lord's spies would find out so Gandalf kept this secret until time was right, Gandalf was leading them to the eagles but he did not plan to be taken down by the Balrog so just before he went down into the abyss he told them  "Fly, you fools!", use the eagles! he hoped they would understand his hint but they did not and still took the long and dangerous road to Mordor...
Aunvilgod Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Regarding the lining of the wings and the whip: Black would fit the best, the Balrog being a creature of shadow and flame. You could also try to give Gandalf white outlines as contrast.
David-Michaels Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Featured in portuguese blog Coisas da Interwebs. Have an awesome weekend. If you could please share this feature, I'd really appreciate it, as lots of hard work goes into finding and selecting all the awesome art and running the blog. Thanks!…
AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
You've done a incredible job on all of these.
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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.
gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
This style reminds me of an old 'Samurai Jack' cartoon. I'm almost ashamed that I remember any cartoons ;)
sun-lily Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I like this stained glass window style. The colors are beautiful.
alkarindil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I liked the fixed hand! Now it is perfect.
Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Great piece!  Gandalf will always rock!
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