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Gandalf the Black by Benco42 Gandalf the Black by Benco42
If Gandalf took the ring...

Wow looks like this picture got a lot of attention. Thanks very much everybody for your comments and feedback, it means a lot to me. I know it's probably not what Gandalf would look like if he took the ring, it's just a bit of fun, so apologies to any hardcore Tolkien fans out there who take offence to its inaccuracies. 

I have edited this a bit since first posting. Thanks for looking.


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LivingArtifact Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
And by the very moment Gandalf became Gandalf The Black is the very moment Elminster Amuar started wearing Blue.
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realshow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
You shall not pass... and live!!!
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dawnpoet Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Top work!
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Feyiama77 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
This is an awesome piece of work. I'm in awe.
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Sul-otf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Great work, really make me feel the Dark side. The Eye... well, Gandalf was able to conquer the power of Sauron and sealed it into the stuff, it's my best guess. The background looks just great!
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Oniharu111 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The thing is, it sort of states that he could use it but it would just wield a power to terrible to imagine.  It also goes against the laws set to him to remain subtle and all that...~  But It is a verrrrrry nice concept of the whole thing if it did take a turn in such a way.  <3  I realllly enjoyed how much effort you put into every detail and the surrounding background~
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Xxangel943xX Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha Nice!!
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TomHologram Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This probably why Gandalph didn't even want to touch that ring.

(In the animated film they let him though, just for a little bit.)
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Philluppus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014   General Artist
this is really stunning
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gillspar Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
The one wizard to rule them all!:o (Eek) 
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sirauron Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
considering Gandalf already held one of the three rings, it wouldn't just be middle earth that would be ended.  o.o
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turbo-wooo-bots Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I also always wondered about this. Would the ring have abandoned the dark lord and chose Gandalf as its new master? Nice piece
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Devils-Night Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I don't think so. As the saying goes, the one ring answers to sauron alone. It has his own will and power inside of it and it only desires to return to him so they can be complete again.
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InVRed Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Its a possibility but it wouldn't change the fact that the ring would corrupt the wearer to sauron like nature or it could resurrect sauron in their body. But since the ring is kinda like a  whorish dog it will serve you but it absolutely betray you at the first sign of its "master" or leave for someone it deems better. If you could best sauron and leave his soul so depleted like what happened at the ring's destruction it would be yours. Never would want a will and the remaining power of a being who was adept at corruption though.
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Devils-Night Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Well the good thing about these things is that there isn't a clear answer ;)
I personally don't think that the ring could ever belong to anyone else but sauron. It would always desire to go back to him, and since part of him exists within the ring then you could never destroy him - and for that reason it would never stop trying to return to him. As long as sauron continue to exist it will continue to try and return to him, no matter how depleted his form may be. Although it could accomplish much in the hands of Gandalf or Saruman or Galadriel then it would only desire them as temporary hosts. His will within it desires to return to its other half outside of it, beyond anything else.
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InVRed Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
exactly. These are always interesting because everyone has a different opinion XD

Still, the only thing that bothers me is why would anyone want such an accursed thing? Bragging rights I suppose?
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Devils-Night Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
You mean why they desire it? I always figured it was some sort of magical thing that enticed everyone, and men in particular, into wanting it as their own possession. 
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Oniharu111 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Which is why he knew it'd be easiest to suck them into his grasp first.  the elves around him at the time of the forging of the rings.  The three most powerful rings they had escaped with.  Nenya, Vilya, Narya.  And the dwarves were not effected by Sauron.  They were steadfast and were not corruptible.  But sooner or later their own greed was their own downfall.  Tonnes of great things to be found out in The Lost Tales.  <3
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InkWelp Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wheres the fried chicken?
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TheWittenburger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. It's unsettling to see Gandalf like this.
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Tanorax Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
This should get a DD for the concept alone - the art is pretty good too :)
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SRegan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow - this is beautiful. You've woven in touches of Theoden's curse with the look of the ring-wraiths. I like to think the mini Barad-dur on his staff is actually a massively weakened Sauron, being carried around like a bauble and occasionally interrogated for advice. After all:

"If Gandalf proved the victor, the result would have been for Sauron the same as the destruction of the Ring; for him it would have been destroyed, taken from him for ever. But the Ring and all its works would have endured. It would have been the master in the end. Gandalf as Ring-Lord would have been far worse than Sauron. He would have remained 'righteous', but self-righteous. He would have continued to rule and order things for 'good', and the benefit of his subjects according to his wisdom (which was and would have remained great).'"
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Pallur Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student General Artist
+fav I love deviantART!
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Jeyfro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Run...
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TheMountainDragon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Whoa, what's goin' on, Gandalf? :D
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ADAMIDAS87 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Excellent.
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Staryu-Heya Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
loooove it!! 
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Greenhatman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Really fascinating idea here; Gandalf still has traces of nobility when he's gone black, but there's no denying that evil now grips him tightly. 

Also, DAT STAFF.
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VennDaVinci Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an extraordinary work. :3
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
F*ck yeah, evil Gandalf  
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :D !
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WickedSnowWhite Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome design! I love how his staff is Sauron himself :clap:
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha! awesome idea. i've always wondered what would have happened.
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Izhorian25 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awe-inspiring :wow:
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Belzzeboos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
It's-It's masterpiece! I don't know what to tell, im so confused of epickness of this art :O
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Segek Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!….aaand wow! Love it :D
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Interesting idea and design. I like how you designed his staff and crown.
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patriarch-of-shadow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I always wondered. Is it possible for you to do one where Smaug gets the ring.
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PeteTheGrouch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Just one question - how would he wear it..? I know it's size adjustable & all but.. Well, you gotta admit, Smaug has BIG digits!
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gillspar Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Perhaps it could fit on the very tip of one of his claws or fangs?Meow :3 
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khiirhiidhos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
The details are fantastic love the design of the staff.
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khiirhiidhos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Magnificent yet terrifying a good vision of what could have been. Well done
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Kinda scary. o3o;
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DanteNorbMcFarlane Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
That's awesome! :D
Good job! ;)
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This is honestly some the most imaginative and talented work I've ever seen. Good on you, mate. C:
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gbindis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Wow, it looks truly creepy.
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suecol Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Just found it ( with some help from Barns ) Well done, my son. How did you get to be so artistic? Very impressive.
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dawnpoet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Beautiful work Ben
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Hephaestus24 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
I love his Staff. Haha! I would love to see your take on each of the five wizards, that would be really cool. 😄
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SirMersi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great vision. Amazing technique.
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