This is why you should never leave me a pencil and a piece of paper when I’m bored ~
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From left to right:
Andúril, Aragorn’s sword
Glamdring, Gandalf’s sword
Andhafang, Arwen’s sword
Herugrim, King Théoden’s sword
Orcrist, Thorin Oakenshield’s sword
Sting, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ sword
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I wanted to draw Narsil, Isildur’s sword, too, but I miscalculated the swords’ dimensions 😅

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Glamdring (also called Foe-Hammer) was a hand-and-a-half sword, forged for Turgon, the King of Gondolin during the First Age.

Sting was an Elven shortsword made in Gondolin during the First Age. After wielding it during the Quest for Erebor, Bilbo Baggins had it engraved with the Sindarin text, Maegnas aen estar nin dagnir in yngyl im. Translated into English, it reads, “Sting is my name, I am the spider’s bane.”

Orcrist was an Elven sword from Gondolin, the mate of Glamdring, which became the sword of Thorin II Oakenshield during The Quest of Erebor. It was feared and called Biter by the Orcs.

So I’ve been sick this passed week and yesterday I finally got back into the swing of things so I started this warm up. This was going SOMEWHERE but now I’m not sure so I’m just gonna leave it as a sketch right now. Featuring the Anastasia/Royal/Whatever AU for your viewing pleasure. Tried to do a Smaug in the background there but I kept picturing him like Cruella Deville for some reason. Oh well. :)

Stay tuned. 

So I’m rewatching the Hobbit because reasons. And I have had a realisation, and this has probably occurred to someone before now, but.

Azog died after Moria. Thorin seems absolutely certain when he speaks to the goblin king and also before during the “posing on a clifftop while Balin tells heroic tales of my deeds” scene. And the goblin king says “so you think his defiling days are done, do you?”

He doesn’t deny that Azog died. The Goblin King, who knows enough to know that Azog wanted Thorin’s head, and to recognise Thorin on sight, doesn’t deny that Azog died, he just implies that he knows more about it than Thorin. 

So he died and the Necromancer must have brought him back because he can summon the spirits of the dead etc and because he needs an orc general (see the exceedingly ugly one in ROTK). Hence why Azog is loyal to the Necromancer even when he’s told to not hunt down the dwarves in DoS, because he literally brought him back to life. 

So now I am totally going with the theory that Azog doesn’t die of the cold/water/general frostbite and drowning issues etc at the end of BOTFA because his body is already dead, so the cold doesn’t affect his body because it’s not working anyway so fuck it. Shit to do, dwarves to kill, physics to bend. Whatever. 

But then Thorin stabs him and he dies properly this time because the High Elves of Gondolin knew their shit when it came to sword-making, so Orcrist has some nice undead-dispatching properties. And so does Glamdring. Which explains why it holds up so well to, you know, fighting a Balrog.