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Gandalf the Black

By Benco42
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If Gandalf took the ring...

Wow looks like this picture got a lot of attention. Thanks very much everybody for your comments and feedback, it means a lot to me. I know it's probably not what Gandalf would look like if he took the ring, it's just a bit of fun, so apologies to any hardcore Tolkien fans out there who take offence to its inaccuracies. 

I have edited this a bit since first posting. Thanks for looking.

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A very interesting "what-if?" And very chilling... Nice job!

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I legit no-joke non-metaphorically shuddered.
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TrapicheSapphireStudent General Artist
by the way you should add him standing in a huge pool of blood or something
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TrapicheSapphireStudent General Artist
its your intepretation of him, i think its gr8. but what is sauron doing in his staff? did he trap him there?
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TheweepingwraithHobbyist Digital Artist
PLEASE!! can you do more of what if Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli or even if Merry and Pippin took the ring?
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HyperPowerfu64Hobbyist Writer
Definitely a cool "what-if" to explore. 
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This is creepy as fuck! nice job!
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KaylioStudent General Artist
Cool concept!

But why is he holding Barad-dur as a staff? Did he shrink the tower into staff-size, or did he just move Sauron's angry eye and plopped it onto his staff. Questions...
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too scary to consider...
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Max-BlastStudent Filmographer
Hmmm.... It looks like I'm just gonna have to watch you.
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KruakenHobbyist Filmographer
this would mean he turned into a balrog, like sauron.
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NightwingFan0497Hobbyist Writer
Sauron Wasn't A Balrog, and Gandalf was an Istari, A Different class of Maiar.
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KruakenHobbyist Filmographer
a balrog is an corrupted istari and sauron was in that categori. look it up.
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The Balrog, Sauron, Saruman, Gandalf, were all Maiar, "Istari" was the term for the 5 Wizards (Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, The Blue Wizards)
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NightwingFan0497Hobbyist Writer
balrogs are corrupted maiar, the angel like beings of valinor, of which the istari order and sauron were part of, but each took different forms after arriving on middle earth, saruman, gandalf, and the others becoming istari and the balrogs becoming valaraukar, fire demons, while sauron remained in his enlightened angelic form when entering middle earth.
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This.. is.. amazing.. Never stop drawing you awesome person!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] 
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BobbisartProfessional Digital Artist
very nice work
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SeasideDreamer Digital Artist
love it! 
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TOKITOSProfessional Digital Artist
amazing job, amazing idea...
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theshadow603Hobbyist Writer
This is pretty cool.
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NocturnalliesHobbyist Digital Artist
Bad guy Gandalf, like it!
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MacX85Professional Digital Artist
uh, I like it!
Would he have worn a nazgul crown though? I thought they did because they used to be kings when they were alive.
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