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The Mormegil by peet The Mormegil by peet
‘The sword Anglachel was forged anew for him by cunning smiths of Nargothrond, and though ever black its edges shone with pale fire; and he named it Gurthang, Iron of Death. So great was his prowess and skill in warfare on the confines of the Guarded Plain that he himself became known as Mormegil, the Black Sword; and the Elves said: 'The Mormegil cannot be slain, save by mischance, or an evil arrow from afar.' Therefore they gave him dwarf-mail, to guard him; and in a grim mood he found also in the armouries a dwarf-mask all gilded, and he put it on before battle, and his enemies fled before his face.’

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Chapter 21: Of Túrin Turambar
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Gurdim Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
YES! Finally Silmarillion's artworks who aren't influenced by Alan Lee's style, and without all those fancy D&D plate mail with uncomfortable shapes XD

I love the scale mail and how the masked helm resembles the Sutton Hoo one :D (with a pince of Vendels' ones too i'd say)

Only one thing, but mind it's just my personal opinion (if JRRT hasn't pointed it out in one of his 1000000000 letters, i dunno) i think a chain mail would fit better as a dwarven armor, than a scale one. How to say, i always imagined them more human-made, or elven-made (or maybe the human ones would rather be lamellar... uhm...) while the dwarven ones are described as more flexible and light (chain mail distributes the weight on your body and actually looks not so heavy, i know being brother to a reenactor XD) But that said, this is still a amazing piece :)
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peet Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi there - sorry this is extremely late. Just a quick response re the mail. Tolkien states that the Dwarves made for Thingol mail wrought like fish-scales, and since Nargothrond was modelled on Menegroth, housed Dwarves in the past, and Turin has links to Menegroth himself, I thought it would be a nice touch to give him this kind of mail (and to distinguish him from his host) ;-).
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Gurdim Featured By Owner 1 day ago
hello, and thanks for the answer :)

Ah i see, for some reason i always thought of that definition as shiny like fish-scales, and not the more obvious scaler armour, probably because when i hear or read "mail" i end up thinkin about the chain mail xD And probably because in my personal view of Arda's styles, the scale mail looked more uhm "human?" and the dwarves' one were more probably the chain one :) But i like the connection you made, and the thing of distinguishing him from the others, and the Sutton Hoo like helm-mask :D (I thought about something like it time ago, or the alternative was a kind of Montefortino helm with a detachable mask like the roman cavalry ones, although more dwarvish-vendel-ish style xD) 
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dulva92 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Photographer
Im amazed!
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SandyHR Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love itxx
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littlelea Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
wow the detail!!

Loving the scale-mail!
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Elenai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
great! but where's a dragon that's supposed to be on the helm?
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Elenai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Sorry, I'm a tolkienistc purist, culdn't stop myself ;P
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peet Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's okay, so am I ;-). To be honest, I totally forgot when I started this piece that he wears the dragon-helm whilst at Nargothrond. How or why, I do not know. Let's just say on this occasion he felt like a change and went with a different dwarf-helm!
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littlelea Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
ya.... the dragon helm was out for repairs XD
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