Post by Michael O'Brien on Jul 3, 2018 8:58:26 GMT
I have received the list of approved ideas today (Thursday) so I have started the poll. Please note that Chris has decided to not include Beorn in mid transformation as he has trouble envisioning how that will look.
This is a blind vote so you will not see the current status of the poll until after you submit your vote. You only get one vote so use it wisely. Comments are always welcome, so don't be shy about explaining why you like any idea, or find an issue with someone's idea. As long as the discussion remains polite, one can argue their case for or against any idea.
An orc's head on a spear and a warg skin stretched out against a tree stump (it really would be unwise to sculpt a whole tree). Yes, that makes two figures and could look like a vignette but it's two small elements, so I take my luck...
Dead Men of Dunharrow - foot warrior with banner, blowing on horn
from The Lord of the Rings Book III - The Return of the King Chapter II: The passing of the grey company
...The company now mounted again, and Gimli returned to Legolas. They rode in file, and evening came on and a deep blue dusk; and still fear pursued them. Legolas turning to speak to Gimli looked back and the Dwarf saw before his face the glitter in the Elf's bright eyes. Behind them rode Elladan, last of the company, but not the last of those that took the downward road. 'The Dead are following,' said Legolas. 'I see shapes of Men and of horses, and pale banners like shreds of cloud; and spears like winter-thickets on a misty night. The Dead are following.' 'Yes the Dead ride behind. They have been summoned, ' said Elladan. ...
...To the stone of Erech the Company came and halted in the dead of night. Then Elrohir gave to Aragorn a silver horn, and he blew it; and it seemed to those that stood near that they heard a sound of answering horns, as if it was a echo in the deep caves far away. No other sound they heard, and yet they were aware of a great host gathered all about the hill on which they stood; and a chill wind like the breath of ghosts came down from the mountains. But Aragorn dismounted, and standing by the Stone he cried in a great voice: 'Oathbreakers, why have ye come?' And a voice was heard out of the night that answered him, as if from far away: 'To fulfil our oath and have peace.'
Freca was a fat, arrogant, dark-haired descendant of King Freawine of Rohan who appears to have had "much Dunlendish blood" in his veins, and probably considered himself more Dunlending than Rohirrim. Certainly he held King Helm Hammerhand in sufficient contempt that he demanded the king's daughter as a bride for his son Wulf (Mithril figure MS280). His main claim to fame in Rohan history is that he was killed by a single blow from Helm's mighty fists.
It's hard to be certain of much else, but when he turned up for Helm's council he brought many men with him, so it seems likely he intended to start trouble, and would therefore have been dressed ready for battle, albeit probably over his finest clothes. His hair, arms and clothes are likely to have been an exotic mix of Dunlendish and Rohirrim styles.
Erkenbrand, Lord of Westfold, holding his unique red shield and blowing his black horn as he descends into Helms Deep on foot. The base should be a pile of rocks and at an angle.
I'm sure the double suggestion is not an intentional attempt to get 'two bites of the cherry' as we say here in Bree -you'll never get away with it, LOL, but if you go for Erkenbrand please feel free to use this (twice rejected ) image to support your suggestion if you wish even though he isn't blowing his horn .
I'll resubmit this idea (lost the sketch ). The idea being Beorn depicted as half-man, half-bear in mid-transformation. I doubt the experience would be without some pain (just watch a werewolf 'changing' to see what I mean), so I envisage a grimace on his (human) face as he perhaps looks at his hand which has now turned into a claw.
I would prefer an upright figure on a small rocky base, but open to interpretation.
After the War, Gimli led a large number of Durin's Folk south to establish a new Dwarf kingdom in the Glittering Caves, which were located behind Helm's Deep where Gimli was trapped during the battle, and he became the first Lord of the Glittering Caves. The Dwarves of the Glittering Caves, led by their Lord Gimli, would repair much of the physical damage that was incurred during the War of the Ring. Most notably, they rebuilt the Great Gate of Minas Tirith with a new one made of Mithril and steel, as well as improving upon the existing layout of the entire city.