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Angband - the hells of iron by fraterchaos Angband - the hells of iron by fraterchaos
Mandelbulb 3D 1.8.2

In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" the evil dark lord Morgoth built two underground fortresses in the north of Middle Earth, one, his main abode, Utumno, where he himself lived, was surrounded by the Mountains of Thangorodrim made from the slag of his digging. But near the shore of Middle Earth he also delved Angband (translated "the hells of iron") as a defense against any attack by the Valar that might come from the sea. Angband was presided over by Morgoth's chief Lieutenant, Sauron, who escaped the full wrath of the Valar at the end of the 2nd age and later arose as a Dark Lord in his own right, creating the One Ring and trying to conquer all of Middle Earth in his turn.

This image made me think of the gateway that might have lead to the depths of Angband.

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stebev Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Nice one
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Very beautiful! I like Tolkien! :clap: :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, I am a huge Tolkien fan myself :)
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
:iconglomglompplz:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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jim373 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Kool! :iconspiderglompplz:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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jim373 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
My pleasure bro! :)
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Peekeeboo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't there a big group of monster spiders in that book? That really creeped me out. It wasn't an easy read but it was still fascinating and gives you the background for the Lord of the Rings.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, not a group, just one... in that book there is a single great spider called Ungoliant that helps Morgoth to kill the two trees... she eventually eats herself as far as anyone knows, because she has an unquenchable hunger, but she leaves behind others, which is the origin of Shelob, the one which attacks Frodo. And more, smaller spiders that Bilbo meets in Mirkwood in The Hobbit.

I guess too, in Beleriand (which is what Middle Earth was called in the first and second ages, before the final wayr between The Valar and Morgoth, Kinf Thingol set up the realm of Doriath that was on the border of the Mountains of Shadow, and many monsters lived on that border, including some more of the offspring of Ungoliant, so perhaps that is what you were thinking of

(BTW, don't get me started talking about Tolkien because I'll never shut up!)
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I like your picture man. Unfortunately I disliked 'The Silmarillion' very much...
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, I know that The Silmarillion can be a chore to read, especially the first part, it does get better as it goes along, if you didn't actually finish it. I really liked it because it gave so much background info about things which were either not included in LOTR, or were only hinted at... basically, as Christopher Tolkien said in Unfinished Tales, there is nothing in LOTR that does not have a basis and a story that goes all the way back to the beginning.

Glad you like the fractal though, either way, thanks!
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I did find it hard going, I didn't finish it! The job I had at the time was really hard going, so I liked books that entertained me, that book just did not do it for me. I was read books like Joseph Hellers 'Catch 22' or 'Gold' at the time.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, the absolute worst part of the Silmarillion is the first section where he talks about the creation of the world and the Ainur and all that... its dry, boring and tedious,and his style for that part is all those too. Once you get through that part, its gets better, but its still a bit dry. But some of the stories are very entertaining,and it really helps to understand a lot more about LOTR.

Like one thing I really liked learning about was why Sauruman was sort of destined to become evil... Tolkien was a bit of a technophobe because he saw all the horrors of machines in wartime during his time in the army in WWI, so he put a lot of stuff about the evils of technology into all his books... Sauron, Sauruman, and even Gandalf were angels of an order called the Maiar, sort of minor angles. The greater angels, the Ainur each had specific talents and the Maiar belonged to the "Houses" of one specific Ainur and shared those same talents. Sauron was originally of the house of Aule, who was in charge of all crafts and letters and machines and knew all the substances from which Earth was made, he was basically the angel of technology... But Sauron was corrupted by the evil Melkor/Morgoth (who is basically the same as Satan) and became Morgoth's chief underling... Sauruman was also from the house of Aule, and therefore had a basis in the same "evil technology" as Sauron, which is why he was more easily corrupted. Gandalf was not of that house, his angel was the one in charge of dreams and imagination, and so Gandalf was more immune to that kind of corruption.

LOL, yeah, I know, too much information.
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Cor! if only I had finished reading it, I would have known all that :rofl:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, yep... see what you miss when you don't stick with it?
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Digithalie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :)
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool structures :) love the metallic :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks Patty!
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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seven-s Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Beautiful piece!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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seven-s Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
You are welcome!:)
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Trenton-Shuck Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! It does look like a gateway. Nicely done!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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Trenton-Shuck Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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Flockling Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned something new from the description!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yep... I love The Silmarillion, there's some very neat background to Lord of The Rings in it.
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
amazing work
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks bro!
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You are welcome, very welcome :)
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Great background story and nice piece.:)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks Hal, I really appreciate it :)
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