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Sauron: War of the Last Alliance by MattDeMino Sauron: War of the Last Alliance by MattDeMino
This didn't start out as Sauron. But everything is better with some LOTR up in it.

Also, not really happy with how it turned out, but I'm sick of looking at it.

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AglaraAndune Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic! 
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MattDeMino Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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AndresRuizArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  New member
Is that supposed to be the  Dagor Dagorath? Splendid work!  The light/shadow work is amazing!
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adibara Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
i love the camera angle, and the dynamics in this one. terrific job :-)
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:iconmattdemino:
MattDeMino Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Der-KAIser92 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! awesome design!!!! This armor (esp. mask) looks ultimate badass and the image is done great!!!
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Seedric65 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The helmet design is sick. kinda gives me a batman vibe, the fire is really cool too!  
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Artist
Why? This is much more similar to Tolkien's description (from the Silmilarion, since he never appeared in the books except for a very brief moment in the end as a shadowy avatar right before dying). The design in Jackson's trilogy was somewhat rather similar to Melkor. Tolkien based Sauron and Melkor on the devil himself. So he intended to have spikes sticking out of the helmet to make it look more devious.
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Seedric65 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Idk maybe the tall pointy "ear" prong things. If you look at just his head it looks like a medieval, demonic batman. He also mentioned that it didn't start out as Sauron so who knows? 
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Artist
Well, yeah. Tolkien based Sauron on the devil himself. Since Tolkien was a Catholic and read the Bible a lot. He saw the devil as a tall being with horns. The movie version of him is somewhat similar to Morgoth's helmet.
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OzzyBlu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow Thats AMAZING!!!!!!!
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ItsJustMeBro0 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heaven yeah, I know just one word which describe this work perfectly: EPIC! :D
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Kitt-Otter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woaaaw. Epic. Sauron's a badass.
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NolweNamiel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Nice artwork!  Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Wow, that's awesome! Clap 
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Finale - Tokien's Legacy".  You can find it here: realmsoffantasy-myth.deviantar…  ^_^
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BenCrombiedftba Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is awesome! I love the skull-like helmet design!
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I think it's brilliant. Great to see a depiction of Sauron that doesn't rely heavily on the films.

Also the use of fire. I had always believed this was how Sauron destroyed his enemies. None of this swinging of a mace in the middle of the enemy army. Sauron waited for the Last Alliance to enter Mordor, (nearly exhausting itself in the process), and then stood on Mount Doom and called forth the fire to sweep across Gorgoroth. Very similar to what his old master Melkor did to his enemies in two battles.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Artist
Indeed it is good to see a Sauron like that. It's good to allow fans to picture him for themselves since Sauron didn't really make a direct appearance in the books (except in the ending when his mountain-sized shadow tried to attack Aragon)
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Artman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I'm glad you didn't edit it further. It's great as it is :)
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lukemicallef Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Is that the Witch-king in the background? :D This is such an epic pic. According to the books, the Last Alliance battle happened on the plains of Mordor, which the films got right, but apparently the mountain also played a significant part in spewing fire and worsening the whole situation. This looks like the fight is happening right on the slopes of the mountain, and it's fun to stay guessing whether some of the people who are set on fire are so because of the mountain's fireballs or because of either figures' mace being aflame. I'm gonna go with the latter. It's a damned beautiful pic, very detailed, and looks so realistic in showing the mace a little blurred for movement.
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MattDeMino Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is the Witch-king, and thank you for the comment!
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Madmanmarv Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is So Epic this is so EPIC JUST WOW! AMAZING LOOK THIS IS JUST ANOTHER LOOK. THIS IS A LOOK OF TWO BEINGS
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MattDeMino Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks!
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kmgenius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This looks really cool! I like the camera angle.
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MattDeMino Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Staubie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is just to f*cking freat!
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XDimov Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   General Artist
hi, your work is features here [link] ;]
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That is amazing!:o
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Chrysalislover Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Woah! This is incredible! :D
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UnicornSaint Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This is beautiful beyond words!
I love the dynamic of this piece, and your sense of color :heart:

good job!
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GudFit Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
You really stepped it up homie. lovin it. :-)
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Bad--Wolf--Bay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you for letting :iconfantasy-universe: feature your work!
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MattDeMino Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for featuring it!
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ChellytheBean Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome.
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CausaMisteriosa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AAAAAAAWWWWW YEAAAAHHH
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn this is awesome. Great work!
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