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The Slaying of Scatha by woutart The Slaying of Scatha by woutart
The slaying of Scatha, cold drake of the Grey Mountains, by Fram, lord of the Eothéod, who later became the Rohirrim.

From Arda:
One of the greatest of the dragons to infest the Grey Mountains of the north. Of his life little is known, except that he was slain by Fram son of Frumgar (an ancestor of Eorl the Young) in the early days of the Éothéod.

His recovered hoard was the subject of great dispute between the Men of the Éothéod and the Dwarves of that region, who claimed the hoard as their own. Fram rebuked their claim, and sent them the teeth of the dragon, with the words, "Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by."2 Thereafter there was war between the Éothéod and the Dwarves, a war in which Fram met his end.

However this dispute was resolved (we are not told), it seems that Fram's people retained at least some of the hoard, and brought it south with them when they settled in Rohan. The horn that Éowyn gave to Merry Brandybuck after the War of the Ring (many hundred years later) was said to have come from it.

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By J.R.R. Tolkien


Why doesn't Fram have a scratch??? Because, in my opinion, when you fight a dragon (sounds like I'm experienced :D) you either make the first strike count, or die. Simple :lol:

This piece maybe could do with some more refinement, but for now I am happy with it. Let me know what you think!

PS CS4, Wacom, approx. 10 Hours.
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:icontiberiuskardem:
TiberiusKardem Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Excellent, I especially love the Norse style armor and weapons. Very much in keeping with what Tolkien described.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thanks mate. It is how I see most of the armour styles in Middle Earth. 10th century design. :thumbsup:
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SleipnirInTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Great choice and work :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Glad you enjoyed it, I love doing unusual scenes.
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amlugwen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
The human is impressive, too :) face and armor and all
but I also like the dragon :D!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Thanks, I like his grim expression too :)
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pilllinpilllin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, the ice dragon is awesome
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
:bow: Thanks :)
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:iconthemoonssea:
TheMoonsSea Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very great job! And amazing detail and design.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Thanks a bunch :handshake:
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coranglais Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Wow, I love this, not the least because it is a scene not commonly illustrated. Scatha is somehow just as I imagined him. My only criticism is that Fram seems to lack motion somehow.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thanks, and yeah, I've been told that ;) And I will fix :D
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:iconcoranglais:
coranglais Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Great! Don't be too hard on yourself, though. It is already a fantastic piece as is.
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
:D
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:iconithiliendude:
Ithiliendude Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome!! =D
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks dude from Ithilien! ;)
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:iconithiliendude:
Ithiliendude Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=D
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This is amazing!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thank you! :)
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lilyeskapisti Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool work!.. The dwarf´s anatomy is not much good, but the dragon is amazing :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thanks :lol: Maybe it's because he's no Dwarf... ;)
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LadyLuciolaLupus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is brilliant, love the colour pallete.....
I don't know if he looks stiff, I thought he was holding his ground in a strong pose......:clap:
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Thanks! That was my idea indeed. Receiving the blow and bracing his spear against the rocks.
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LadyLuciolaLupus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, well you definately portrayed that.......:clap:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you ARE a real dragon slayer :iconimshockedplz: ! you've got the knowledge for it !

As always, I love your style, the scales of the drawing must have been long to draw. It is a great drawing (the only point would probably be the character who seems a little bit too "fixed" ...I don't know...)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:lol: Merci Monia!!

I see what you mean, it is intentional, but the pose could be more aggressive I guess. Thanks for being constructive :)
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rajacic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
creepy dragon :D great work
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:D Cool, thanks.
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Lathron Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Holy shit dude! Wow! I really like Scatha the Wyrm in this one. Somehow i'd still expect a bit more drama. I'll have to be blunt to make myself clear: Fram looks like: god damn, another wyrm sneaking from my rear left! Where do they keep coming from? Well ok, I'll just pop it cold quickly so I won't miss the faire in town :) So the point is, that in my humble opinion, he doesn't look scared enough. And I mean, even the great Turin Turambar the Wyrm-slayer was scared. Ain't that what courage is - being afraid and still doing what you gotta do? As a piece of art, the way you've put them fight each other, is very dramatic and visual - both heads facing each other from the golden ratios (guess you call it that in english). In art this works very well, yet in "real life" I wouldn't actually feel comfortable to turn my back to dragon's claws that close. But as it seems to bring good results, I have no quarrel :D Man, I really like your style and themes. The tongue of Scatha really brings the eugh-effect. Good job mate!
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:) Don't worry, I appreciate honesty, helps us grow, doesn't it! ;)

I understand what you say. It was my intention to not make him look to scared but more resolute. As if not a chance encounter but a deliberate hunt, knowing what he would face. But you are right, fear is that most primal emotion. His stance gave me some headaches and somehow the sketches I made had him in a more intense pose. I think that is the issue here. I think I will go back to this, for it bugs me.

Thanks for taking time being constructive and all, means a lot! And happy you enjoy the piece :) We aim to please :lol:

How was the faire??

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Lathron Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Know what you mean, mate. These kind of situations (battle against a dragon etc) are very complex to imagine - if you want "realism". How do you kill a wyrm with a pike? Would a thrust go through, or should one just brace it to ground and hope that the wyrm will impale itself on a careless attack? Is it all planned or is it just random encounter? Do the chosen techniques require special terrain, gear or movement? A picture is never just a picture :)

You shouldn't have asked about the Faire, 'cos now you get a poem
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Ah the wonderous Faire!
Friend, you should have seen
the ladies tease, blond and fair
wanting to please, oh so keen!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
:lol: Thanks for the poem my friend! :rofl:

And yes, complex choices they are.
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really know how to surprise, W. So far I havent seen a single illustrations of Scatha the Dragon fighting with Fram. The story and fate of this warrior is very interesting, not to mention how it's related to Scathas pillaging in Grey Mountains...

And speaking of those creatures, one could say that arrogance and over-estimation might be the main causes of death among that race... Dragon, who beats armies, wont fear a lonely warrior; so its easy to imagine a hunter, who's maybe having experience of hunting bears, waiting with spear for dragon to make the head-on assault. And you're right with the "one try" idea, for sure. A chainmail wont be scratched by rocks, nor branches...

Very detailed, like usual. Your way to draw sceneries, to illustrate environment, is extremely good. I can see the cold, rocky hills and cliffs out there. Colours add the chill feeling.
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woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Could it be! Am I the first?? We love our never-before-illustrated-scenes don't we! Glad you like it mate.

We share views on the how-to-slay-a-dragon then ;) Yes, he will be confident, awaiting the inevitable attack. Placing himself using his experience fighting large predators-without-fear. But I must say his stance can be a bit more active, needing the 'wwooowwwwwww here he comes' factor. :D

Thanks bro!
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articunolugialove Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
absolutely fantastic! :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:bow: Glad you enjoyed it.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always inteesting to see art about the lesser known parts of Tolkien's work :)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
It is, glay you enjoyed it. :)
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Scilens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
I agree with your opinion about fighting dragons xD and the painting is amazing!
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:D Thanks! We are wise in the ways of dragon slaying! ;)
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Great! :clap:
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
:bow: Thanks buddy
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Most welcome =)
Are you really experienced in dragon-slaying? :D
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
I started as a young boy... through the years I have slain many on paper and in my mind. Though I must say, riding a dragon, soaring throught the sky is also not beneath me... :lol:
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Then I will remember that and won't pretend hunting you when I am in my dragon form :D I'll better offer you a trip through the clouds ;)
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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
:lmao:

Great idea!! I would like to soar over the fjords of Norway, can you manage that?
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:iconlirulin-yirth:
Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Hmm, let me think.. they are in the world that is not so much in my hands, but... an imaginary dragon can do anything, right? Only in dreams =)
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ShikeyBoy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
I think I agree with your own comment, maybe a little refinemnet, I feel the figure looks very detailed and fined in comparison to for e.g the dragons claws and spikes. But I think it's well on it's way and will look fantastic if you resolve these few small issues.
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woutart Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
True, thanks mate!
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MimeTisch Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ai, nice work Saint George couldn't slay better.
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