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Forging of the Great Rings by shadowdark3 Forging of the Great Rings by shadowdark3
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First of all, I promise the next one will look better :D. This was originally several panels showing up through Sauron's betrayal, but they didn't turn out as I envisioned, and Sauron ended up looking like a bug (lol). Anyway, I'm sure you notice a small discrepancy in the number of ponies here and the number of rings forged. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me for not drawing 19 ponies for this scene =P.

The rest of the scenes for the prologue, I'm going to focus on a single panel and doing a really good job on it, instead of planning out multiple panels, rushing through them, and ending up with pictures I'm not 100% satisfied with. Scenes with dialogue will lend themselves much better to a multi-panel format anyways.

I think the next few scenes, depicting the battle at Mt. Doom, are shaping up really well, and I'm very excited to finish those. I've got a pony in mind for Isildur who I think would be just daring enough to cut the ring from Sauron's finger. ;)

Oh, and if you noticed my shameless recreation of the background wall from S1 E2, I'm going to avoid that in the future. I was just desperate for any background that wasn't a flat black square, lol. That may have worked in the movie, but it just wasn't cutting it for the picture.
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gy8604Black Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Three swords for the Pegasi warriors under the sky,
Seven gemstones for the Unicorn royals in their palaces,
Nine kinds of fruits for the Earth ponies in their farms,
One Crown for the two Alicorn princesses on their throne,
In the land of Equestria where the sun rises,
One Crown to rule them all, One Crown to find them,
Two Sisters to bring upon them a thousand years of Imperialism,
In the castle of Canterlot where the moon shadows.

..............got that poem revised for you dude~
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Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Avhree ukworduk ve ul pegauki ushataruk juldas ul ukkausan,
Ukeven gemukavoneuk ve ul julicorn royaluk shal avheir kalauk,
Krith pamuk ve ul dha kalushuk shal avheir kuflaguk,
Ash durb ve ul krul Alicorn ukiuktasuk mab ul uliimauk,
Shal ul tok ro Equestria nalkramal ul ukun riukeuk,
Ash durb ve rule tak, ash durb ve gimb tak,
Krul ukiuktasuk ve thrak mubi tak tor vautuk ro avyrannausan,
Shal ul kala ro Canterlot nalkramal ul han ukhadowuk.
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fluffyyen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Who is who?
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HorsesPlease Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014
Lyra - Galadriel

Princess Luna - Witch-King (or Queen) of Angmar - as the Witch-King is the leader of the Nazgul, who are Men, Luna should not be among these Elves.

stallion to Luna's left - Gil-Galad

pony between him and "Lyradriel" - Celebrimbor (the Elf who made the Rings of Power), with a fan-work Fourth Elvish Ring

Alternatively, I might interpret Princess Luna to be Cirdan the Shipwright, who builds ships to help the Elves of Middle Earth return through the Straight Road back to Aman.
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Fluttershy92306 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
"It began with the forging on the Great Horseshoes.  Three were given to the Alicorns, immortal, fairest and wisest of all beings,  Seven to the Pegasus Lords, great storm-bringers and sky-masters of the cloud halls.  And nine, nine were given to the race of Earth Ponies, who above all else desire power."
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gy8604Black Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Three swords for the Pegasi warriors under the sky,
Seven gemstones for the Unicorn royals in their palaces,
Nine kinds of fruits for the Earth ponies in their farms,
One Crown for the two Alicorn princesses on their throne,
In the land of Equestria where the sun rises,
One Crown to rule them all, One Crown to find them,
Two Sisters to bring upon them a thousand years of Imperialism,
In the castle of Canterlot where the moon shadows.

okay now sb plz translate this to black speech to make it sound dark & cool & bad ass!!
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Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Avhree ukworduk ve ul pegauki ushataruk juldas ul ukkausan,
Ukeven gemukavoneuk ve ul julicorn royaluk shal avheir kalauk,
Krith pamuk ve ul dha kalushuk shal avheir kuflaguk,
Ash durb ve ul krul Alicorn ukiuktasuk mab ul uliimauk,
Shal ul tok ro Equestria nalkramal ul ukun riukeuk,
Ash durb ve rule tak, ash durb ve gimb tak,
Krul ukiuktasuk ve thrak mubi tak tor vautuk ro avyrannausan,
Shal ul kala ro Canterlot nalkramal ul han ukhadowuk.
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gy8604Black Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:o  wow

Dude your name is Sauron or sth ??

I'm so impressed !!
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RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Great artwork.
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TheGerk1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Is it only me or is luna missing a leg?
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TheGerk1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Never mind i just found it... now i feel silly
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Brony4 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Let me guess Luna is the Witch King of Angmar.
Or in her cause something like: Nightmare Queen of Angmar.
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Wildphoenix Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
3 rings (elves/alicorn)
7 for the dwarves/?)
9 for men/earth ponies?)

feel like immissing a group... did hobbits rings?
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RainbowThis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see Lyradrial uploaded as her own vector. You made her look so beautiful! PLEEEASE ?!?!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Lyra is such an awesome pony, and because you asked so nicely, I see no reason why I shouldn't upload her as her own vector. :)
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RainbowThis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Yay! TY
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Cuteboom Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
omg so awesome!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Acalanatha Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Personally, since the leader of the Nazgul is the witch-king Angmar. I would have used Trixie instead of Luna.
But still excellent, excellent work.
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Ravgue Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Each of the ponies present represent which charaters from LOTR?
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lyra is Galadriel, Luna is the future leader of the Nazgul, the pony next to her is her second-in-command (Khamul), and the pony in back is one of the dwarf lords.
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Ravgue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, tx. Srry it took a few days for me to respond
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SM51 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I'm actually writing a pony version of this story!
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RainbowThis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LYRA as GALADRIEL??

GENIUS !1!!

Seriously everytime I check up on this project you have done something new to show just how perfect this crossover could be. Its like seeing the extended version of LOTRO and noticing all the parts put back in the film that you would have put there yourself if you'd had the chance to direct it.

This just keeps looking better and better, keep up the good work man!!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D

Thanks a ton! I'm actually a little surprised at how well Lyra seems to have been received as Galadriel. I know there were quite a few people who suggested/were hoping that Celestia would play the part. I originally planned to use Celestia too, but I realized I needed her for another role. And also, I think Bon Bon will make an excellent Celeborn.
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KristenAxley411 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OMG, I love these. Keep up the awesome work!
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Boomer30569 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Well technically the elves made their rings on their own, they weren't given to them by Sauron. Still, it gets the point across and looks really good. Keep it up.
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
The Elves did make the Rings, but with the exception of the Three Rings - the ones borne by Galadriel, Gil-Galad (and later, Elrond), and Cirdan (and later, Gandalf) - Sauron, disguised as a messenger from the Valar, actively participated in the forging of all the Great Rings of Power; that is why he was able to easily corrupt the other Rings (like the ones he gave to the eventual Ringwraiths). ;)
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Boomer30569 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
The Three were the ones I was referring to, but I admit it you know more about LotR than I do.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
It began with the forging of the great rings.

Three were given to the unicorns. Magical, wisest and fairest of all ponies.

Seven to the Earth Ponies. Great farmers and craftsman of the land.

And nine, nine rings were given to the race of pegasi, who above all else, desire power.

For within these rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race.

But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made.

In the dark forest of Everfree, the dark lord Discord forged in secret a master ring to control all others. And into this ring he pured his cruelty, his malice and his will to poison all harmony.

One ring to divide them all.
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
As long as that black-maned pony in this picture is a Pegasus (can't tell for sure), that description you typed could actually fit the situation here, because if we go only by completely canon information, Alicorns are just known as overpowered Unicorns or Pegasi; as of now, Hasbro doesn't use the term "Alicorn" yet (with the exception of one storyboard artist), instead calling them "Unicorns", "Winged Unicorns", or "Pegasus Unicorns", the latter of which fits with the whole thing you wrote. :)

PS: Oh, I forgot about Fluttershy (a Pegasus) portraying one of the Dwarves, and Applejack (an Earth-pony) playing one of the Humans. Oh well... xD
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Looks pretty awesome! :) The only (minor) problem I have is that it's kinda hard to tell who is who in the background; I know that Lyra is playing the role of Galadriel, and that Luna is the Nśmenórean who would eventually become the Witch-Queen of Angmare (or whatever you're going to call her)

I assume the pony in boots is one of the Seven Dwarf-Lords... which leaves the pony with the black mane. Judging by the similarity of his Ring to that that Luna has here, I'd say he is going to become another one of the Nazgūl? Perhaps the Witch-King/Queen's second-in-command, Khamūl the Easterling (the only Nazgūl whose name is mentioned by Tolkien)?

Also, wondering if you'll show the Nazgūl's participation in the seven-year battle and siege at the Dark Tower/Mount Doom, since they had been around in Wraith-form for nearly 1200 years by that point. ;)

Anyways, that's all for now. Keep this up, I'm loving every bit of it! :D
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the two in back I just used generic background ponies for. I remembered that the Witch King (Queen) had a second-in-command (didn't realize he was named though; you've always got a bit of new LotR lore for me :D), so I gave him the same sort of outfit and ring as Luna. The other I did intend as one of the Dwarves so I could have some representation from each of the races, so nice work on identifying those two. I didn't spend too much time on them, since this is the only time we'll see the one playing the Dwarf-lord, and the other will only be showing up shrouded in his Wraith-cloak/Shadowbolts costume (probably a mash-up of the two).

I hadn't thought to include the Wraiths in the battle at Mt. Doom, but now that you bring it up, it could be pretty interesting to have Elrond/Octavia battling one in the background as Sauron is slaying Elendil. On that note, I'm not sure how I'm going to work in all the big players in the battle with Sauron. I need to go do a little research, but I seem to remember Gil-galad fighting him, and at least one more guy. I have a rough sketch of what I want the "Elendil Struck Down" scene to look like, and right now it's looking like a 1v1 duel between Sauron and Elendil :hmm:. Hopefully I can think of a way to fit in at least one more. Anyways, I'm just kind of rambling now. If I keep talking about all my plans I'd end up writing something essay-length =P.

Thanks again man; I always look forward to your feedback!
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Mysticwrites Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I love this so much. I mean... this is the best possible thing!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you might be my most enthusiastic supporter. :happybounce: Thanks a ton man!
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Mysticwrites Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
LOTR is my favourite thing in the history of ever. You pony-fying it is combining my great obsession with my true love. I could not be happier, haha. Keep up the amazing work, and I will continue to lose my socks in awe! :D
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darthrex918 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
it seems unicorns would make better unicorns
just make the alicorns istari (wizard immortals) like
since there are only two major parts for wizards in the books make Celestia Gandalf Luna Saruman and i don't Cadence can be Radagast the Pink;)
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darthrex918 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
it seems unicorns would make better unicorns
durr... i meant unicorn swould be elves.
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Blast-dragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
''Three Rings for the Alicorn-rulers, raising the sky,
Seven for the Earth-ponies in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Pegasai doomed to die,
One for the Draconequus on his dark throne,
In the Land of Khaos where the Shadows lie,
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Khaos where the Shadows lie.''

Sorry unicorns, couldn't fit you in it. And I'm not sure that Discord is indeed Sauron (but it fits the best).
Another reason that the Pegasai are the humans and not the Unicorns is because that the Nazgūl are much more frightening if they can fly without the Nazgūl-birds. The rings would give them magic...
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Xylis3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
No, I think the Three Rings belong to the unicorns. And Nightmare Moon is Sauron, since Discord fits Morgoth much better in my opinion (particularly if the Nightmare is part of Discord's magic). Celestia is Manwe (and alicorns are the Ainur), and Empress Lauren is Eru Iluvatar, the Creator and source of the Harmony of the world.
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. :love:

I really wanted to try have a correlation between pony type and the race of the character they were playing, but it made casting a nightmare, so I'm sort of glossing over race :hmm:.
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me-smith0211 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I fully agree with this.
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