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My LotR Pony: First Look by shadowdark3 My LotR Pony: First Look by shadowdark3
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Finally! After working on it for an embarrassingly long amount of time, here it is: the picture to signal the beginning of my new series of "My LotR Pony" pictures!

Now is the time where you have the opportunity to have a say in how I continue. I'm looking for feedback concerning a few specific things, and would love to get some thoughts on some of these (though of course, any and all comments are greatly appreciated :D):

~How do you feel about hair color being modified to match the character better? The original colors stuck out like a sore thumb, but I could see them working if the saturation levels were dropped about 40%.

~Apple Bloom's bow...I could honestly go either way on this one. I think she looks like a pretty good Sam without it, but the bow is a pretty significant visual identifier for Apple Bloom, so whether she's wearing one or not in the future will depend totally on feedback. If people are indifferent, I'll leave her without.

~Boots and shoes; how do we feel about those? So much of the ponies are covered up by clothes, gear, and armor, I wanted at least some of their color to come through. However, I think hoof-boots look great, and I'm more than willing to add them if you guys are willing to sacrifice a bit of color (it felt like 90% of the colors I was using for clothes and armor were grey, brown, or green).

~Any character ambiguity? Specifically with the CMC. Can you tell which is Sam, which is Merry, and which is Pippin?

~General impressions of the characters in the picture.*

Also, let me know if you'd like an explanation for why I cast a particular pony as a certain character. I'd add that in the description, but I don't want it to be too long. =P

Anyway, hope you like it!
Oh, and please be sure to give credit if you post this up anywhere or use it for something. :aww:


*I know most people identify the Balrog by his whip, but I simply could not get a whip to look good. My friends were convinced that without his whip in the picture, he's not really the Balrog.
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:iconahriman86:
Ahriman86 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
WoW, Big Five to Sparkle Gandalf
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:iconmlpgothshy:
MLPGOTHSHY Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Best Gimli ever.
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:iconsonicxanimefan:
SonicXAnimefan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Artist
"You cannot pass. I am a servant of the Secret Fire. Go back from whence you came. You cannot pass!!!"
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:iconf-a-n-g-i-r-l:
f-a-n-g-i-r-l Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
haha rarity
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:iconmankindhabit:
mankindHABIT Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
SO AMAZING!!
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:iconcid984:
cid984 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
silly artists fluttershy isnt gimli lol seriously tho good art

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:iconmrouf:
MrOuf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Just Awesome !
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:iconmoonstar0214:
Moonstar0214 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I would make Applejack Aragorn!
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:iconhooon:
hooon Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Artist
Where's Pinkie ?
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:iconbonesatellite:
BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Who cares? Where's Spike?
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:iconsuciefue:
sucieFue Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Pony Deaths FTW
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:icondarthgoldstar710:
DarthGoldstar710 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Interesting. :)
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:iconfang456:
Fang456 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Artist
[link] This person has stolen your art.
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up. :)
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:iconfang456:
Fang456 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artist
Anytime.
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:iconyoleeisbored:
yoleeisbored Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
[link] this guy stole your art
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know. :)
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:iconyoleeisbored:
yoleeisbored Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome the guy that stole your art has stole more than dozen of people's drawings i reported him.
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:iconcharmyknux:
CharmyKnux Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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:iconloverayz:
LoveRayz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Who is Pippin? I need to know!
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:iconmelodiousnocturne24:
Melodiousnocturne24 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Looks like it's Sweetie Belle.
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:iconthelordfanboy:
TheLordFanboy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should write an adaption fan fiction.
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:iconthesyfyfan:
TheSyFyFan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
cool!
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:iconredlotuspony:
RedLotusPony Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rarity looks adorable like Legolas. Is that how to spell it? Im not sure. Anyways, she looks wonderful.
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:iconbattledroidunit047:
Battledroidunit047 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
... O_O ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! D-:<
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:iconrathika:
Rathika Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
OMG DWARF!FLUTTERSHY! SO ADORABLE!
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:iconluminabalderson:
LuminaBalderson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Meanwhile, the Great Eye of Sombra is watching this, pleased with the destruction of Twilight Sparkle the Gray.
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:iconascarletmoon17:
AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconcamikoopa:
CAMIKOOPA Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
OH GOSH ONE OF THE 2 THINGS WHO I LOVE TOGhETER TO THE FAVES RIGH NOW!
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:icontxclevergirls:
TXCleverGirls Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"One does not simply trot into Maredor."

"No one tosses a pegasus."

"They're taking the fillies to Isengard!"

So awesome! I love LOTR, but now it's about 20% cooler!
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:icondueswals:
Dueswals Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
So Awesome!
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:iconsevenofeleven:
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Kudos on this project.

I will keep an eye open for the next picture.
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:iconrevanthepreserver:
RevanThePreserver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
1. I like the altered hair colors, it fits with what you are doing in my opinion

2. Appleblooms bow, meh, go either way with it

3. Boots and shoes; I wouldn't mind it, obviously the CMC and Pip wouldn't wear them but i can see the others doing so with no issue.

4. Character Ambiguity. I guessed that Pip was Frodo, am guessing that Applebloom is Sam just because of hair color, but I can't easily distinguish between who is Merry and who is Pippin.

5. I love this so much. Rainbow Dash as Aragorn is just 20% cooler than most things i've seen in cross fandom pony art. :3 Fluttershy as Gimli just tickles me as there is such a big personality difference between the two. I can see Rarity as Legolas based on aesthetics alone as Tolkien elves are all beautiful. Twilight as Gandalf was obvious, but not in a bad way. Applejack as Boromir is sad, but i can see it happening as she is quite stubborn and very strong, but she gon get turned into a pin cushion man!
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:iconpklcha:
pklcha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
wow! so great!! i would really love to see it as an animation! :love:
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:iconflyufools:
flyufools Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
who is rainbow dash?
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:iconshadowequinox:
shadowequinox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
applejack boromir?
i can dig it.
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:iconganzorfda:
GanzorfDA Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Keep the mane colors, we can tell.
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:iconcomisybell:
ComIsybell Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO AWESOMEEEEEEE
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Is Sweetie Belle Pippin...?

I think the casting here works pretty awesomely; I like the idea of Rainbow being Daring's heir. :lol: I'm guessing Rivendale is the land of the Unicorns then? The only thing that strikes me weird about this is that Applejack plays Boromir. I guess in a way it works, but AJ is the element of honesty and I do not see Boromir as the most honest character around. But I can't really think of another casting. I would say switch AJ and RD, but RD as Boromir would totally crush the "Loyalty" thing. :lol:

And out of curiousity....does Discord have a role in this? Seems like he would be a good Denethor or Grima.....:o Or GOLLUM.
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:iconmrepicpony:
mrepicpony Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
wow this is to awesome for words, but applejack/boromir wont die right?
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:iconziomal1987:
ziomal1987 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
go back to the shadow flame of Udun !!! and rarity legolas is so cute
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:iconsarin555:
sarin555 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
"you shall not PASS !!!" classic line ever.
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:iconbuzzyo1338:
buzzyo1338 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
OMG YES!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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:iconinaridragon:
InariDragon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love it. This sure didn't make Tolkein turn in his grave.
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:iconrobotninjahero:
RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Awesome job. Pipsqueak makes a great Frodo!
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:iconmafon:
Mafon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
color change – ok. no bow – fine. Boots – meh.
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:icononnajrevert:
OnnaJReverT Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
why does aj have to die later? :(
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:icondarthklaus:
DarthKlaus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I can hear Rarity saying "Tell me where is Twilight, for I much desire to speak with her" :|
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:icondarthklaus:
DarthKlaus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I've forgot to say, I know it wasn't Legolas who's said that, but for some reason I think this sentence would sound cool when said by Rarity.
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