urshurak

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After their Lord of the Rings calendars became popular in the 1970s, the Hildebrandt brothers pitched a movie concept called “Urshurak,” a Lord of the Rings-type fantasy film, via 16 paintings. The paintings were brilliant, but the movie was never made, so they just used them to accompany a novel. 

The City of the Dwarves was rooted directly in the granite escarpments of the Kolgar Mountains. Many of its buildings were scarcely distinguishable from the rugged cliffs, and the spires and pinnacles that rose from the scattered turrets and towers mingled with the tall, slender firs that surrounded the city. The craftsmanship of the Dwarves had captured the strength and vitality of the environment.

from Urshurak, by Tim & Greg Hildebrandt.

The land rolled bright green into the hills, and beyond was the soft blue of distant mountains. It was almost completely clear overhead where a hawk hung lazily in the morning sky. Hugh turned on the saddle, Behind him - to the east - was Cryslandon, the white and fold of the tower dazzling beneath the sun.The Vandorian turned back, flipping the reins against Santor’s shoulder, and the big horse increased his gait. He gave the animal full rein. Santor stretched his muscles to a spirited gallop, as they rode into the immense openness of Urshurak.

From Urshurak, by Tim & Greg Hildebrandt.

The archer moved cautiously toward the partially opened door from which a gentle green glow escaped, and a half-whispered murmuring could be heard. Inside, the room was drenched with light from the chalice. The old man stood up with his back to the doorway, staring up at the vessel he now held aloft. He spoke an incantation, “May this evil be subdued by the power of love which flows now from the cup of peace.”

from Urshurak by Tim & Greg Hildebrandt.