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Dragon of the First Age by rubendevela Dragon of the First Age by rubendevela
Ancalagon, the greatest dragon created by Morgoth, faces Eärendil in his flying ship at the beginning of a day-long aerial battle that will end the War of Wrath.

I tried very different techniques from the Ungoliant picture. I'm actually worried that I might have depicted Ancalagon too small! He's supposed to have destroyed a mountain range when he crashed from the sky...

related work: [link]
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xxolah Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now THAT is what i call a dragon
Darth-Luffy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
*Ancalagon is drawn standing on two mountains*

Arstist: "I wonder if I drew him to small?"

Me: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!.... You do make a valid point though
Pyro-raptor Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Is Thangorodrim the 3 mountains in this picture?
Crystal-Cuthalion Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
This is very impressive!
MichaelArchangelus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing, and is easily the best Ancalagon artwork I've ever seen. 
Ryujins Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014   Artist
Nice. Do you mind...what i would add something with my draws on this?  :D But, I can change color, something and epic. Its about dragon vs someone from Anime i want to. :D
baxil Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Got linked to this after name-dropping Ancalagon in a fanfic I wrote.  This is some fine art!
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014   General Artist
This is the image I think of when I think of Ancalagon the Black. Excellent work!~
rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
thanks! :3
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   General Artist
My pleasure!~
RoYtHeBaTfAn Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
This is amazing!!!
ninjanoto Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
one of the best dragons on da
ArchTeryx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Now that is a proper tribute to Smaug's great-grandaddy, chief of the Fire Drakes of Morgoth.  (Very late to the party, but quite admire it still)
wkhzdwfkhurizruog Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
is a big dragon!
POOVER Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Hi, I added links to here from following pages as this fantarstic work is on everywhere!…
rubendevela Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Thanks! :D
POOVER Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
your welcome ;)
EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh damn!
Royle-McCulloch Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, the powers there were at the first age
2pacdeciple Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Wholey SHIT! that is beast 
Musashi-Twist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so badass.
teryxc Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow I just clicked on one of your featured art on the right (2002), you've come a long way :D fantastic work and dragon!
Norseberserk Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
well that is one BIG dragon, makes smaug not look so strong anymore. what get is how the heck they managed to slay him? he is bigger than a damn mountain :omg:
awesome pic anyway :D
Gojirahkiin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Many thanks for helping me picture the sheer enormity of Ancalagon the Black. When I first comprehended that Morgoth's lair during the War of Wrath was a mountain range, and that Ancalagon crushed it when he fell, I remember a having a moment when I just could not understand how large he was supposed to be and how he was killed. While I still don't understand how they killed him, I thank you for depicting him at a proper scale.
Luffyfan1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
oh cool so someone did post it here! I couldnt find it when I looked on the site so I posted it myself, sorry about that, didnt mean to steal it or anything just thought it looked awesome :P
ArdentRebel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student
rubendevela Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn. That dragon makes Smaug look like a damn hatchling. I love it!
Conceptbro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dang, dats one leet dragon you got there!
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Maybe the wings are a little bit too small...
Unlimited-gold Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Holy F**king Shit! This is a ridiculously amazing picture. How the f**k did Earendil beat this thing? And where was Morgoth keeping it?
Lamastok Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I think someone could make a narrative on this.
schrodingerultimate Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
this make me fill good inside ^^
McHaven Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is so amazing!
ShadeZarina Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Oh *o*
I love this picture, ist soo beautiful
Halo192 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Ahhh, Morgoth. You didn't things by halves, did you?

Love this picture :L
Paul774 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
This is definitely the best depiction of Ancalagon, the other ones were all just too small. I think he's huge enough.
Rexarkingdino Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OH GOD He's so huge!!! XD
Sturmjager Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Exactly as he ought to be: majestic, massive, and terribly intimidating. Probably the best portrayal of Ancalagon I've seen.
Neranella Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Gorgeous and strong. :nod:
Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy...! How did Earendil slay such a massive Dragon like Ancalagon?
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is beyond amazing!
Hungarianbeast Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconmotherofgod2plz: mother of dragon~
ubermonarch Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I think this is the best justice to his size I have seen in a picture, brilliant work! the ony creature bigger than him I can think of would be the space dragon from The Iron Man book. the Vala must have shit themselves when they saw that coming towards them, allthough i have to wonder where Morgoth was hiding him.
LordStarscream89 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is is so....EPIC. Man i have no words for that *__*
Xagzan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Oh, damn. Found my favorite Ancalagon art ever.

Don't worry about him being too small. That sonbitch would crush those mountains beneath him easily. I'm glad you decided to just go for it when it came to actually making him this unbelievable size, instead of shrinking him down to try to make it more realistic. You really pushed him to the limits of the imagination here, and it's awesome.

Though I probably would've made the eagles a little bigger. I mean, how are they going to defeat that titan when they're like ants before him?
Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Screw the eagles, how is Eärendil going to hurt that thing at all?
Xagzan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Oh, was it him who finished the dragon? It's been a while since I read it. Then yes, I wonder how he can damage this beast with that toothpick :p But still, I'd much rather Earendil be undersized than Ancalagon, so it's all good.
Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thorondor had a 180 feet wingspan. Though we don't know about Ancalagon's size, it was certainly much larger than that. 10 times would be a lowball estimate.
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