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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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Painted in watercolour.

See this image under the entry for 'Rohirrim' at Tolkien Gateway here.

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SueMArt Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work Peet. Missed this one Clap 
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
One of my favorite scenes in the book!  You've captured the excitement!
peet Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
One of mine too, so I'm thrilled by the comment - thank you! 
Zeonista Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2015
This is one of your best ROTK illustrations, showing the exhilaration of the mounted charge and the heroic fury which is about to crash into the Morgul-host. The picture looks like a detail of a much larger painting.
peet Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like - this is quite an old one now. Though there are some discrepancies in terms of the gear of the horses (particularly their lack of bits), I still like it for its energy and movement. In fact, I used (or rather was asked to use) this as template/inspiration for Gwindor's Charge recently :)
Kriscorpion Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great illustration !!!
peet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like!
alexasnow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work
peet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! The horses are nicely done, the banners, the details... Somewhat reminds me of Alan Lee's watercolors.
peet Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes Alan Lee is a huge influence, and I've never shied away from that (I think he's the first artist listed under my influences on my front page). Nonetheless, I hope I've somewhat developed things in my own direction since the earlier days :) As ever, many thanks!
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful. love the horses!
peet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
Rearda Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb!  Full of life and depth.
peet Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so :)
Ellosse Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  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.
peet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - this is a great chapter in the book; so many excellent sentences and/or paragraphs :)
Ellosse Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and yes, it definitely is! :D
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"?
peet Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's Eomer, and he's rallying his men as they charge (barking at them, in other words ;) )
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.
scouserella Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
Outstanding, Alan Lee would be proud!
IreneLangholm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing painting! Reminds me very much of Alan Lee, both in technique and style. And this picture [link] although I see it's not the same. Great work! :thumbsup::D
UnicornPoki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
wow! just perfect pic!
Wrenwolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
That is absolutely amazing! Very well depicted and the colours are just WOW :clap: :clap:
palehecate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
Can't believe I've never commented on this, it's one of my most fav. moments in both book and film. It's fantastic peet!
peet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I appreciate it!
Grisznak Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
The only thing that I don't like here is this guy down, who looks like phantom not a men.
Rest is amazing, picture is full of expression, horses are beutifully drawed.
rissdemeanour Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
Wonderful! You have such a great eye for detail. :clap: :+fav:
musicfan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
Crooty Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This could have been Alan Lee's!
littleshireling Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2004
Wow! Awesome pic! There's so much detail and movement in this pic.! So cool!
Regen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2004  Student General Artist
Another amazing picture. Very nice!
InchySquinchy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2004
You are so good!!!!!!!! :P I love this pic
brickleberry Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004
Brilliant piece
you draw horses most well
im impressed with your gallery
and l dig your ability in drawing trees and forests :D
pussycat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004
:eyepopping: this is so good ! :+fav:
lady-lupin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you really caught the chaotic power of a charge of cavalry. I love the contrast of the rippling flag against the sharp lines of the spears etc. :love:
NorwayFox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
Holy crap, this is..this is... *doesn't have words to describe..once again* :+favlove: You illustrate these scenes so well... Amazing.
Bun-Bun Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
Just great =)
Chrizzyfurr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
wow this is a great pic, it is full hahahah and so rich at detail lovely.
well it should be full hahahah otherwise it woulnt be as realistic as it was now.
great job peet.
:hug::heart: anya
tanuki-dono Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2004
There's so much pride and powerful movement...and a sense of urgency... 0__0
Izi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
Wow. Really great piece here. I find that horses can be so difficult to draw but you have really excelled in capturing the sense of urgency and energy in this scene. Nice work!
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