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At the End of All Things by TurboSolid At the End of All Things by TurboSolid
Do you remember Ponyville, Ms. Sweetie Belle? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

No, Apple Bloom. I can't recall the taste of food... nor the sound of water... nor the touch of grass. I'm... naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil... between me... and the wheel of fire! I can see him... with my waking eyes!

Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, Ms. Sweetie Belle. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!

MLP + Return of The King = Awesomeness. I'll probably do more of these LoTR crossover pics.
Took about 5 hours.
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I actually saw a video which, most likely, became the inspiration for this. Still think Applebloom or Scootaloo would've made a better Frodo ;P

Getting to the matter at hand - the concept is quite striking; while dark isn't exactly MLP style, it fits the premise nicely, allowing the background to gently play its part in the whole, giving the sense of dread to the final moments of Sweetie Belle and Applebloom's journey. A mature and more realistic vision seems befitting to such work.

Of course originality is always put under debate; as I said - this piece is practically taken out of the video I mentioned above. Thus that make it unoriginal? Thus using a scene from a movie/book means one can't count this as "something new"? The image is unique, in its own way, but that still doesn't help shaking off the feeling "I already saw that".

The style you used fares much better; the dark and gloomy background perfectly mirrors the shadows that cover Mordor, while raining balls of fire present an excellent guide to the entrance of Mount Doom. Both Applebloom and Sweetie Belle are done in a more mature technique then one sees in source material; undoubtfully a fitting choice, playing homeage to the more striking theme the piece represents. However, their faces seem like those of hobbits more so then ponies, being mostly flat. A minor thing, that could be labelled as "personal preference", of course and yet... this is MLP after all.

The impact itself is overwhelming, in more ways then one - the burning sky lights up the darkness of Sauron's lands, giving to view a picture of two, brave fillies that are determined to complete their mission, with the fate of Equastria/Middle-Earth resting in their hooves. That determination practically beams from Applebloom, who obviously has her eyes set on the goal out front.
The rather empty background perfectly indicates the ash-filled waste that is Mordor with a single, black structure towering over it, housing the fiery, all-seeing eye. All this gives an extra boost to the desperate feeling that slaps you in the face the instant you lock your eyes onto this piece.
Sweetie Belle and Applebloom are not passive to all this, with the former showing the fatigue of the burden that was placed on her neck. Similary, the yellow filly is not about to leave her friend and being the ray of hope in this forsaken place, she's ready to see this through to teh bitter end.

Without doubt, while there is some room for improvement, this piece does its job splendidly, bringing forth the experience the viewer will not soon forget. And even if this was "done before", the impact remains the same, which is admirable.
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DashDavid Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Scootaloo Dead ! 
Not a Big Thing !
rainbowwolvescheese Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is scots falling from the building (about the smallish dot to the side of it)
Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Great little idea! :)
DarthGojira Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
"Or the taste of apples...."
Over-Zealous Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
My favourite scene from the entire trilogy crossed with my favourite animation...brilliant.
DarthGojira Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
"Okay, being a Cutie Mark Crusader ringbearer was a bad idea..."
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TurboSolid Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice ;)
Porrima Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I agree, it is awesomeness. Applewise Bloomgee, keep on.
Crono23 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
All of my yes...
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