I am an artist, costume maker and re-enactor. I went to Sandroyd School , then Bedales School. After that I went to Putney School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and graduated from Kingston University.
I have been going to Science Fiction conventions since 1987 and have been a Medieval Re-enactor since 1992.
I have previously been a member of the Far Isles Medieval Society, the Sealed Knot and the Medieval Siege Society.
I am currently a member of the Paladins of Chivalry.
I have been entering costume in competition since 1987 and was made a Master Costumer at the 2005 Worldcon in Glasgow by winning the Best In Class award as a Journeyman.
I have been exhibiting and selling artwork at Science Fiction conventions since 1987 and also exhibit at local art shows.
Some friends of ours are members of the Tolkien Society and when we last stayed with them the conversation moved to the subject of balrogs.
I have always maintained that balrogs could not have wings. If the balrog in Moria had wings, why did it fall? Yet image after image of the balrog show it with wings.
I had a look at the relevant part of Fellowship of The Ring and the references to wings are as follows:
'...the shadow above it reached out like two vast wings.' and (referring back to this simile in the form of a metaphor), '...its wings were spread from wall to wall' . i.e. the shadow was spread from wall to wall.
It also does not describe the physical form of the balrog , except as 'a dark figure streaming with fire' and indicting that it was a large size. Other references in Tolkien's work just refer to them as spirits of fire.
Gandalf also says, "The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun."
I decided to produce my own image based on this and on a hobbit's assertion that if Aragon was evil he would look fairer and seen fouler.
I have included both the flaming sword ( later shattered by Glamdrung) and the multi-thonged whip.