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The Assault on Tol-in-Gaurhoth by tuuliky The Assault on Tol-in-Gaurhoth by tuuliky
In that hour Luthien came, and standing upon the bridge that led to Sauron's isle she sang a song that no walls of stone could hinder. Beren heard, and he thought that he dreamed; for the stars shone above him, and in the trees nightingales were singing. And in answer he sang a song of challenge that he had made in praise of the Seven Stars, the Sickle of the Valar that Varda hung above the North as a sign for the fall of Morgoth. Then all strength left him and he fell down into darkness.

But Luthien heard his answering voice, and she sang then a song of greater power. The wolves howled, and the isle trembled. Sauron stood in the high tower, wrapped in his black thought ;but he smiled hearing her voice, for he knew that it was the daughter of Melian. The fame of the beauty of Luthien and the wonder of her song had long gone forth from Doriath; and he thought to make her captive and hand her over to the power of Morgoth, for his reward would be great. Therefore he sent a wolf to the bridge. But Huan slew it silently. Still Sauron sent others one by one; and one by one Huan took them by the throat and slew them. Then Sauron sent Draugluin, a dread beast, old in evil lord and sire of the werewolves of Angband. His might was great; and the battle of Huan and Draugluin was long and fierce. Yet at length Draugluin escaped, and fleeing back into the tower he died before Sauron's feet; and as he died he told his master: 'Huan is there!' Now Sauron knew well, as did all in that land, the fate that was decreed for the hound of Valinor, and it came into his thought that he himself would accomplish it. Therefore he took upon himself the form of a werewolf, and made himself the mightiest that had yet walked the world; and he came forth to win the passage of the bridge.

This illustration for the Russian Leithian-based fan novel "Beyond the dawn" by Olga Chigirinskaya.
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TheMaiaNightmareMoon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Your design for Sauron is one of my all time favorites! I really love how you captured the elven, yet ethereal quality that I think a Maia would possess! I also like how you depicted Luthien with short hair, which makes perfect sense after she wove her enchanted cloak. Wonderful work of art! :)
bluemarcin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
lovely drawing, Luthien looks beautiful
weapon-S Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Понимаю, я умею побирать "нужные" словаXD
weapon-S Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
И вновь божественный Саурон!
tuuliky Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Любопытное прилагательное по отношению к данному майа :)
Russariel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Unbelievable, officially one of my absolute favorite depictions I have seen of Sauron ever.
tuuliky Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
AquaSindar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
This is an awesome image. Great scene from a greaty story, and you did a wondeful job illustrating it. Personally, I never really pictured Huan with the floppier dog ears, but that is a minor detail. Every part of this picture is amazing.

Also, I really, really like how you drew Sauron here. He is in a fair form; yet, you can see the pride, arrogance, and malice in his facial expression as he looks out toward the approaching heroes. I have not seen many images that simualtaneouly show the evil intent of the character and his fair form. Excellent work.
tuuliky Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, very much! :bow:
lukaxp Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Great pice of work dude... YES ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THAT SAURON IS "FAIR"!
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