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The Ride of the Rohirrim by peet The Ride of the Rohirrim by peet
'Suddenly the King cried to Snowmane and the horse sprang away. Behind him his banner blew in the wind, white horse upon a field of green, but he outpaced it. After him thundered the knights of his house, but he was ever before them. Éomer was there, the white horsetail on his helm floating in his speed, and the front of the first éored roared like a breaker foaming to the shore, but Théoden could not be overtaken. Fey he seemed, or the battle-fury of his fathers ran like new fire in his veins, and he was borne up on Snowmane like a god of old, even as Oromë the Great in the battle of the Valar when the world was young.'

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Book V, Chapter 5: The Ride of the Rohirrim
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Ellosse Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, this is my favorite scene in the movies, and in the books is only surpassed by these lines;

"And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last." - The Return of the King, the Siege of Gondor

I love the seeming chaos as they charge and contrast of the bright flag against everything else.
Stranger-me Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Cool pic, but why does a guy look back? Is he saying to his comrade that : " Aw sheiit, we're totally fucked"? or "I forgot to change before this"?
methowwolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Ride to ruin and the world's ending!"

inspirebymusic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Best scene in movie and books. <3
ReinoutJansen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... This looks about as bad-ass as it should look. My favorite chapter of the trilogy... And possibly of every written work ever...
MattRedgrave Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Bone-chilling. One of my favorite moments of the whole Legendarium.
LeoEyes Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
Lovely composition and use of traditional media. The shading you've done is really nice.
Adalrik Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Pure gold. Fave it is.
UberGabzz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
And there stood Meriadoc the hobbit in the midst of the slain, blinking like an owl in the daylight, for tears blinded him; and through a mist he looked on Éowyn's fair head, as she lay and did not move; and he looked on the face of the king, fallen in the midst of his glory. For Snowmane in his agony had rolled away from him again; yet he was the bane of his master.

Then Merry stooped and lifted his hand to kiss it, and lo! Théoden opened his eyes, and they were clear, and he spoke in a quiet voice though labored.
'Farewell, Master Holbytla!' he said. 'My body is broken. I go to my fathers. And even in their company I shall not now be ashamed. I felled the black serpent. A grim morn,and a glad day, and a golden sunset!'
wanderingmage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
The coloring you chose seems to be quite close to Alan Lee's illustration of the Rohirrim at the Battle of Pelenor Fields. I can definitely see where you got some inspiration.
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