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The Realm of Sauron is Ended (Inktober Day 26)

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Published: October 29, 2018
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“The realm of Sauron is ended!” said Gandalf, “The Ringbearer has fulfilled his Quest.”
And as the Captains gazed south to the Land of Mordor, it seemed to them that, black against the pall of cloud, there rose a huge shape of shadow, impenetrable, lightning crowned, filling all the sky. Enormous it reared above the world, and stretched out towards them a vast threatening hand, terrible but impotent; for even as it leaned over them, a great wind took it, and it was all blown away, and passed; and then a hush fell.

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. Book VI, Chapter IV: The Field of Cormallen
Based closely on Tolkien's own incomplete illustration of Sauron in the passage quoted above: tolkiengateway.net/wiki/File:J… .
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DeusCaritasEstStudent Writer
Amazing and beautiful, and exceptionally creative in your thematic choice. :)
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Thank you! :-)
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Tremendous technique, very powerful rendition... I always compare this scene to Saruman's passing.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, it is strikingly similar.
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... which... says something.
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Lovely artwork of a very powerful scene.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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MenkharHobbyist General Artist
úúžasné!
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díky! :-)
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Is this Sauron? Is this Godzilla :D ? Really he reminds me Godzilla here, with those spikes.
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it was certainly not my idea. ;-)
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:)

But when would we see the next kings :)
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I should get back to them... =D
One (Hyarmendacil II) is in the works for quite some time, others I have not started yet, but thanks for the reminder. :-)
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I'm glad for reminding you. And now there is an age of the most interesting kings! 
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Thank you!
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FractaldragonProfessional Artisan Crafter
Oh well done!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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garnerdciProfessional Traditional Artist
The contrast between the stippling and hatching adds a lot
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I found this to be a great way to express the contrast between solid earth and sky.
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GentianaVernaHobbyist Traditional Artist
If I may say so, your version looks even more menacing than that of JRRT himself. (Probably because of the difference how you drew the eye.)
It also expresses really well how the shadow is disappearing being taken away by the wind - and the miniature Black Gate (right?) is a such neat addition too!
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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you like my depiction. :-) I wanted to stay faithful to JRRTs picture but at the same time add there something of my own (as with my picture Hobbiton )
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Fermin-TenavaHobbyist General Artist
The closest to what you get of a physical appearance of Sauron - gone with the wind!

His appearance here falls in line with his motives: being served like a king, but worshipped as a god high above... and yet being merely a shadow and perversion of both.


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MatejCadilHobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, the only time his physical appearance is actually described in the Lord of the Rings. Great thoughts on the depiction! :-)
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