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Turin Turambar in Doriath by grzegoszwu Turin Turambar in Doriath by grzegoszwu
Túrin Turambar is the primary protagonist and tragic hero of the novel The Children of Húrin, published after Tolkien's death by his son Christopher Tolkien. On my conceptual art Turin is carrying an elven outfit and the Dragon Helmet - a famous artifact, made by Dwarves, ancient helmet of king Azahgal. I designed this helmet after a huge inspiration of Alan Lee's ilustrations from "The Children of Hurin". I just added some nordic ornament from Dor-Lómin and a metal mask, that gave Turin a heroic anonymity. I wanted it to look like a mix of roman and anglo-saxon helmet.
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Writer
Your work is really incredible, I can't imagine being able to make visual art this well, it is a great gift you have. :)
codyrush Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
The roman helmet is derived from celtic armor, as seen in the La Tene era…. Chain mail is also a celtic invention, ring mail being a conceit by the norse. Additionally the face mask is norse, but the gladiators also adopted a similar effect. Besides saxons were norse. The anglos were the celtic inhabitants of Brittania, otherwise known as Angloland  (or "England" in modern terminology).

What you've got, sir, is a celtic and norse inspired aesthetic, down to the coolus--i.e., the Gallic (As in Gaelic, as in the gauls, as in celtic… Emperial design---and the norse styled "browed" face mask. 
grzegoszwu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dear codyrush, thanks for Your lecture about the shortcomings of my description, I find it very interesting, really, because I consider myself as a history - lover, despite the fact I don't have much time to study it. Anyway, now I will know what the helmet looks like for the historical armament expert, but I still think I know very well what inspired me :) I want to underline the fact, that the illustration refers to a fantasy world, and as an inspiration I mean an impression, that's what I find in roman armament similar to this one. I dont' really take account about deatils and I'm not extremely correct about historical sapects.
codyrush Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
I've been researching iron age armor and battery for a celtic epic I'm scripting. I'm hardly an expert. Part of me just rankles when I see so many people attribute Roman aesthetics to exclusively Roman designers when nothing could be further from the truth. Meanwhile the celtic culture, who the Romans aped their designs from, is known for being blue and in a kilt. Sorry, what you witnessed was a spasm of historical puritanism.
lyndonnobles Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work. I especially enjoy your design of the helmet, particularly the visor. The visor is often neglected in many illustrations of the dragon helm. I love all the references to Elvish design as well, especially the boots.
JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
How much would you charge for work like this? How long would it take to complete?
denisejf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is beautiful...
Thoregor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that helm!
geo8711 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Lovely work! I like the leaf blade on his sword, but I think it should be a bit longer to pierce Glaurung. Keep up the good work!
grzegoszwu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think (I don't remember it for sure at the moment) the blade You see is a simple elvish sword, Turin in Doriath earned the Dragon helmet, but the black sword Gurthang, the one that killed Glaurung and... whatever, it's a spoiler anyway :D... that sword was given to Turin a long time later in Nargothrond. Thank You for Your opinion and for appreciation :)
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