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"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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Thombart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Hi there, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am having this on my wall. I have a stutter and since last august i've been working very hard to get in control of my speech. 
This artwork keeps reminding me that with the right attitude, tools and knowledge, everything is possible. I've got it in a beautyfull silver frame which really does right to the collor scheme, it's basicaly an heirloom allready ;) 
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breath-art Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for your comment and enjoy the happiness
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Nomad1357 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
omg I wish I had the time to favorite all of your middle earth stuff.......
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TheGreatPares Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing :D
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samurai-gunman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work
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Azarathian-Mage Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gandalf is the only old man badass enough to face down a giant fire demon (that's just what I've always referred to the Balrog as).
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13thBloodhound Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed..
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ThatGuyWithTheTShirt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist
It's, "You Shall Not Pass!"
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
nice style
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Entrophy1122 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Very nice!
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CrazyLad55 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Man that's good!
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JoeyVazquez Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I flipping love your work!  When I get some more funding, would totally love to have you do a cover for my creator owned book Terra. :D Terra promo by JoeyVazquez
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StarWritter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic as always!!!!!
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DarkStorm-7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterpiece. Definitely. :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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ShirleyLDelgado Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  New Deviant
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VicodinFlavoredMints Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, love it!!! :iconclappingplz:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely piece of artwork
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ZackaryBass Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Magnifique !!
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Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  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...
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malnonina Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
The eagles theory has been debunked several times over. Unless you have a Tolkien source for the idea, it remains an internet meme.
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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.
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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!
www.coisasdainterwebs.com/2014…
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AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
You've done a incredible job on all of these.
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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.
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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.
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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 ;)
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sun-lily Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I like this stained glass window style. The colors are beautiful.
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alkarindil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I liked the fixed hand! Now it is perfect.
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Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Great piece!  Gandalf will always rock!
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AreusBookworm Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

...Gandalf is left handed?!

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

Once again, amazing!

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alkarindil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
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.
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StoicJester Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
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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breath-art Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet~~~
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PurpleMango1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Lovely work! Are you selling prints of this piece? This would make a great christmas present for my boyfriend, he loves The Lord of the Rings series.
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Wacky06 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am reading it right now! This is such an amazing piece of art! I really love it!
I can totaly imagine this picture in an old book with magical and historical stories as an illustration... And when they read it to a child they can show tis pictur like:
- See? Gandalf was this badass!
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Barsine4k Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Beautiful!
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0olong Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   General Artist
Haha! I think this is my favourite Balrog ever. :D
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I'm in love :love:
Seriously, the detail, the grandeur, the colours, everything is PERFECT. :rose:
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digging-4-more Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOAH!
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imhilien Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well done. :)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I really dig your style!
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ceadeus-slayer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I absolutely LOVE the stained glass design. 5/5
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Great work.
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BloodmoonHuntress Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
soo legit i love that scene! great job :la:
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trinity-angel777 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Very nice! I love the stylization and colors, they fit together beautifully.
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daywalker84 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
mh...would fit good into my appartment^^

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JDogX17 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
its like a stained glass window.
beautiful.
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Celia94 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE! Also I'd like to see a film of the Silmarillion xD
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wispofcloud Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully stunning work here. Faved and such. Just wondering though, how was the date in the description chosen? I assume the 3019 is in reference to the Third Age, but were the month and day just arbitrary?
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Crystal-Juice Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
reminds me of the beauty and the beast stain glass windows for some reason. Very beautiful though
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