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Barad-dur by woutart Barad-dur by woutart
Thither, eastwards, unwilling Frodo's eye was drawn.
It passed the ruined bridges of Osgiliath,
the grinning gates of Minas Morgul and the haunted Mountains,
and it looked upon Gorgoroth, the valley of terror
in the Land of Mordor.
Darkness lay there under the Sun.
Fire glowed amid the smoke.
Mount Doom was burning, and a great reek rising.

Then at last his gaze was held: wall upon wall,
battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong,
mountain of iron, gate of steel,
tower of adamant, he saw it:
Barad-dr, Fortress of Sauron.
All hope left him.

(from: The Fellowship of the Ring, page 521 by J.R.R. Tokien)


Finally it hit me. One should not try to detail Barad-dr, for it is mostly veiled in smoke and cloud. Cast in shadows. Saurons great fortress is a place of mystery and horror. Threatening, intimidating, or as my wife just said: "I wouldn't want to go there!". Us mere mortals should not try to unveil it, for shurely we would be damned to Udun!!

So I hope you enjoy this quick sketch, It is quite to my liking.

Here's to you :iconshikeyboy: for putting me up to this. I can now rest easy and put the great wheel of fire out of my mind :rofl:

PS CS4 / Wacom / 1,5h
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Barad-dur as it should be, and not the f***ing lighthouse of the films.
woutart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
:rofl: :lmao:

Thanks mate :beer:
Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
You're very welcome!
ibdriven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So much pollution! Rent must be cheap!
woutart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:lol: Maybe it should be declared unhabitable... ?
ibdriven Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You'll always find some willing goblins and ratty people!
EiriktronicArts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
I must say this is probably the best depiction of Barad-Dur Ive seen. Although in my mind it was always bigger, and stronger, and sort of, more evil-ish. Anyways this is really well done :)
woutart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
:) Thanks a lot. I think the structure itself is not neccessarily designed by an evil architect, but it's more the atmosphere that makes it a bad place. I think it's a practical place, built for war. Shrouded in smoke and darkness.
yorkey-sa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! Love the fortress and the desolation of the lands around it.
TannenNinja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
So very epic :)
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