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Balin by TurnerMohan Balin by TurnerMohan
Featuring characters from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: of all the dwarves, Balin is the most "fatherly" toward Bilbo. i imagined them here on the eve of the battle of five armies.
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EEHills Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always liked Balin.
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MornLandazar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Your Balin is the most Balin-like representation of Balin that I have ever seen.
In that simple gesture of him putting a hand on Bilbo's shoulder, you have captured the essence of the book-Balin.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks so much! balin was probably always my favorite dwarf, because he was the second oldest and basically second in charge, and of all the dwarves he seemed to be the most fond of bilbo, kind of a foil for thorin's (often) foul moods. hopefully one day i'll put up a better scan (without that rolled edge effect on the left side)
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MornLandazar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
You're welcome!
Just one more question (I asked the same thing on your Thorin picture):
What is written on Balin's ax?
Maybe: ''I am old, but I somehow still serve as the scout of Thorin and Co.'' :-P
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
that wouldn't have been bad, maybe in my next take on him ;D

it says "balin fundinul" lit "balin, fundin's(son)" or "balin son of fundin" it's the first two lines on his tombstone in moria, couldn't think of anything else to write.
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Vjetrovnjak Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I don't mind the movie-Balin's looks, but your version is one spear-length better than the film version.
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks alot! movie-balin has grown on me, especially cause I thought the actor did a really good job, but in general I like mustaches on dwarves (though I guess tolkien never really specified did he?)
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Vjetrovnjak Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Ah, yes, Ken Stott did a great job in the film as a ''father-figure'' Dwarf.
I don't mind the lack of mustaches on the Dwarves, but I feel that Balin, as the oldest Dwarf in the company (at least in the movies), should've had mustaches.
I believe that somehow, he would have looked wiser with that addition.

As for Tolkien's Dwarf-mustache lore, I don't think he specified that fact, but I believe it goes without saying, because Dwarves are being born with their beards, and shave them off only when in deep shame.
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Gundambaby Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
epic!
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MihailoSRB Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Haha, at first I thought that the Raven was Balin's other axe! :D
Anyway, he is great! Favourited!
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Belorepan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Haha, I see it too now!
It makes the picture even more awesome!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha! yeah i can see it. thanks. I'm usually a big fan of the big walrus mustaches on dwarves, but i gotta admit the sort of quaker beard look they gave balin in the movie is winning me over.
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the-Han Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
THIS IS AMAZING!
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swordwhale Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
nice stuff!
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STUDLROW-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I like it))
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I like all the detail on Balin's outfit!

GOD bless
John 3:16
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
The best rendering of Bilbo, sorry for the misspelling.
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Probably, the best rendering of I've ever seen - meaning closest to my mind, when I first readed the book. Must have been 1980 or 81, in the pre- Peter Jackson era, when everybody was allowed to have their own imagination ;)-.
Great job.
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, this is sweet moment. I love its tenderness, despite how armored up Balin is.
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Orestix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Again the dwarf's expression is briliant, it's an excellent realistic depiction of how dwarves should be. The helmet, the nose, the beard, everything. The armor on the other hand...
The hobbit is just right too. No more, no less.
And fine pencil work.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They looks great. I've never seen them in a picture together before :)
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bengo-matus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome!♦
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jayden444 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
love this
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DarqueJackal Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a touching moment!! I don't think I've seen such a perfect interaction between Bilbo and a dwarf illustrated before! It just captures everything about the characters. Love the raven too!
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Brilliant :D
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