"Suddenly a sword flashed in its own light. Bilbo saw it go right through the Great Goblin as he stood dumbfounded in the middle of his rage. He fell dead, and the goblin soldiers fled before the sword shrieking into the darkness."
Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill
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At this point in the story, Bilbo and the dwarves are crossing a mountain ridge when they are are kidnapped by a hoard of goblins and taken into a cavern below. The Great Goblin recognizes the Elvish weapon Thorin carries as one that had slain dozens of goblins and goes mad with fury, leaping up and preparing to devour the dwarf. The great bonfire goes out in a pillar of blue smoke as Gandalf appears and kills the Great Goblin and many of his soldiers and the prisoners beat a hasty retreat.
Phew. That was a tough one.
I mentioned in the previous Hobbit post that I've been trying to work more with my unaltered linework, and that continues here. I'm realizing that there are places where it's appropriate for me to remove lines or color lines, but it's not quite the necessity that I used to feel like it was. I think this piece is more successful than the last in that regard.
I'll make a process post on this when I can, but don't expect it before Monday. I really appreciate any comments that you have on these pieces, as always.