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Annatar again. I keep using the One Ring spell as a halo, but it's just so pretty... :|

Annatar/Sauron © J.R.R Tolkien
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Ahlbereth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Awesome composition and work overall :) ... I have one question: The number of the rings (not the One Ring) - was it intended in any way or just a "random" number which seemed to fit the composition ?^^
kesbet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :) LOTR fan here :)
Cyrusma Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
very handsome !
deevii Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
That's my screensaver now! :D
JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think I now understand what all that 'Precious' biz was all about. Great piece! :) This should be a book cover. Or maybe art for a box set! :D
Visutox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Really stunning, congrats for this good job!
jackalmoth Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Hauntingly beautiful, just the way a seductive, powerful being like the Dark Lord should look!

This is a very nicely done picture~
LittleDesertStar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
One Ring to Rule the All~
SummerVala Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! this is really nice.
maari-rose Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Love this! Gorgeous.
elfogeek123 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Wow, this is just amazing. I love it. Can I use it for my Lord of the Rings LARP fan page?
KishanB4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
This is one of my most favourite Lord of the Rings pictures ever! Well done!
Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
very handsome !
SocQA Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Your Annatar looks great. Very nice idea with the One Ring spell as a halo and and as the iris of Sauron's eye. Absolutely great :iconbravoplz:
Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
The colours are a spectacle!
Cuthalion155 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Sauron never owned the three elven rings. Celebrimbor never betrayed them to him. They were the whole time by Galadriel, Elrond and Cirdan/Gandalf. So it is logical that they are not in the picture.
lukemicallef Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
The only slight issue I have with this is that including the ring on his finger, I'm only counting 16/17 rings in total. Aren't there meant to be 19/20? But I might be missing them. And it's quite possible that you intended on showing that he's the lord of all the rings as opposed to being accurate. Awesome either way.
finarphin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
16 = 7 + 9.  Seven for the Dwarf Lords in their halls of stone.  Nine for the mortal men doomed to die.

The One ring is on his finger.  One ring to rule them all.

The three missing rings are Nenya (Galadriel), Vilya (Elrond), and Narya the Great (Cirdan/Gandalf).  Those were made by the elves and "his hand never touched them" I think the saying goes.  Elves: Celebrimbor, if I remember right.
lukemicallef Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Oh yes! Completely skipped my mind that this is meant to show the rings that he actually did control. Thanks! :)
lukemicallef Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Words cannot describe what I'm feeling about this, other than I'm so glad it exists! Seeing Sauron in his pure form is so strange and beautiful, and I'll always agree about the use of the halo :3
Meguru7an Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous :heart:
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013!!!!
LuciferArts Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwie wowwie wowwie...BEAUTIFUL and elegant.  The flow of this work is very soft yet complicated enough to make you want to keep looking.  Amazing art.
cheenz87 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Just one word ... SUPERLATIVE !!!
TribalStrength Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
This is beautiful!!!
AlexRow Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, how can I express how much I love the style you bring to the Silmarillion? Do you do prints?
Zheridur Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
7symphony Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
[link] ♥ ♥
7symphony Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
This is my favorite ♥

Blueflame98 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
WAY cool!!!
SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
That's a great piece! Really brings home just how overwhelmingly resplendant a Maiar can make itself if it wants you to do as it says. Scary!

Well done!
SynCallio Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! It's got that "looks fair and feels foul" aspect, If you know what I mean. I'm at once mesmerized and feeling that I ought to run away very fast!

One nitpick: IIRC: each Ring of Power was set with a stone; the One Ring was the only one "plain and unadorned". (Vilya had a sapphire, Nenya had a diamond, Narya had a ruby, etc.) Truly, this is a fiddly thing in relation to the beauty of this work. I only mention it because I am that much of a geek. :nerd:
Gerwell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thanks! :)

I knew the Elf rings had a gem on them, but not about the 16 others. The Elf rings are not in the picture, but that's something I only mentionned on Tumblr hehe.
Erinsama Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
There are 16 rings floating: the nine rings of the humans and seven rings of the dwarves, right..?
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lientsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
wow, fulchimora says all! its a superb job, stunning. thanks for share to us
DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
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Pondering-Drifter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I must say I love your interpretation of Marion's angelic form. It's breathtakingly beautiful with the vivid colors, yet sinister and ominous due to the baleful eye that reflects his true nature. Your artwork perfectly captures the essence of what some might call the terrifying beauty of a fallen angel. Well done!
Nahar-Doa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This is so beautiful.
NikkiCadd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
it's the eyes for me! I can't stop staring at them!
DennyKotian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How in the world do you get your lineart so neat and crisp!? Breathtaking!
I love the each of the Tolkien pieces you've done so far! Bloody brilliant and very pretty to look at :D
WillieBall Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Man that lineart caught my eye from the thumbnail. Nice stuff
rain-and-sunshine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is such an original interpretation of the character! fabulous. I can't stop staring!
Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan tu es trop doué
RaimbowNyan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Artist
Damn you! I love your Sauron Fanarts *-*
septimanie1994 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
So cool!
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