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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 !
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:iconrainbowwolvescheese:
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)
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:iconkhialat:
Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Great little idea! :)
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:icondarthgojira:
DarthGojira Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
"Or the taste of apples...."
".......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
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:iconover-zealous:
Over-Zealous Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
My favourite scene from the entire trilogy crossed with my favourite animation...brilliant.
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:icondarthgojira:
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 ;)
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Porrima Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I agree, it is awesomeness. Applewise Bloomgee, keep on.
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Crono23 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
All of my yes...
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay :D
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Enmar123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
love that animation
XD
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I've heard it's pretty good.
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BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Keep on trucking Hobbit fillies! Watch out for Pinkamena and her greed for her Precious! D:

Very nice work on the dark coloring and especially the shading on Applebloom and Sweetie Belle here. I also like the trickling lava, like veins running down the mountain.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for checking out my newer pieces!
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Shador5529 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Apple Bloom is best Samwise.
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WTFOMGBBQZZZ Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is really fantastically done.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Wow, that's really good! And just 5 hours? Awesome work.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch bro!
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so relevent it's kinda scarry. I finished watching this a few hours ago. Loved that movie, and I love this pic! :D
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FrostHeavy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Wow. Just...wow.
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AutarchFinwe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
i love dat detail, very moving part in the book and in the movies, i for one like sweetie baggins and apple gamye, fits both their personality and appereance.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconseabraz:
Seabraz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting concept and I really love the detail of the background! :clap:
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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:iconseabraz:
Seabraz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome <3
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spacemarine10 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
Great trilogy of films, great animated show, perfect combination. As well as Lord of the Rings, are you planning on doing The Hobbit as well?
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maaaaaaaaaaaaybe.... ;)
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:icondori-to:
Dori-to Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi, TurboSolid.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello stranger! How are you today? :D
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Dori-to Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm doing mighty fine, you?
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontrollcatplz: Quite dandy!
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Dori-to Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I say
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LittleBronyRu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I liked thise picture and this is important
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TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^_^
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MuttMix Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My favorite Crossover!
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely needs to be done more often :D
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InfiniteDash93 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
damn, i feel like just got shot in the face at point blank range with feels.
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, [Mr. Frodo]. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!" Among my many absolute favorite lines in the trilogy now part of my absolute favorite TV show!
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same! It had to be done :D
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SasquatchManPower Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, omg
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KingdomCrasher Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
fantastic c:
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttersqueeplz:Thanks!
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:iconfanatic-of-the-few:
Fanatic-of-the-few Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Excellent piece.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz:Thanks! I really appreciate that!
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subarashi-sama99 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!! Best scene. Best crossover!
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttershysmileplz: Thank you!
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xEmaTheVampire Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Personally I have always seen Babs and Applebloom as Merry and Pippin (since they are related), and Scootaloo as Sam and Sweetie Belle is still Frodo... partly because for the "but I can carry you!" part I see Scootaloo finally managing to fly to take Sweetie Belle up the mountain... maybe I should try my hand at a crossover like this. I just don't know if I have the talent to pull it off.
You definitely do have the talent though, I still think it is a great piece as I love seeing ponies and LOTR come together in crossovers and your style is very nice, I especially like the background and the clothing. (not sure I'm actually qualified to write a real critique and I'm kind of intimidated by the whole officialness of writing one..) Very nice job :D
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TurboSolid Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconahoypipsqueakplz: I've always thought of Pipsqueak as Pippin. Thank you for sharing your opinion. All this nice feedback really encourages me to make more of these crossover pieces.
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