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Ambarkanta by Grrrod Ambarkanta by Grrrod
My take on J.R.R. Tolkien's "Ambarkanta". I'd seen a very diagramatic version of this online, but decided to do a more pictorial style. I didn't investigate too heavily what-goes-where so please don't get upset if somethings not quite in the right position. This is a composite of all three "ages".
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:iconsena-09:
Sena-09 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Artist
Amazing!!!
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Grrrod Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ToraKiyoshi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
This is fantastic! I shared it on a thread discussing Tolkeinish lore in my local forum. Some of the membership have expressed a desire for posters. Do you sell prints?
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Grrrod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I don't sell prints alas.  The art I post here is just for kicks
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Theeeeen, Arda was transformed into a sphere so that no one could travel to Valinor. Dang it, Numenor!
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:iconzardi:
Zardi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Wow, amazing! Too bad this isn't a print. As someone said, it would make a good desktop background, though, so I'm going to have to download the full version :D
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docomplete Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
wow It's awsome..! It looks like real world! terrific! I really respect you! 
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:iconofens:
ofens Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
grrrod hi, i want to use your Ambarkanta as background for a flyer of our company. Is there a license?
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No it's only fanart.  Use it freely, but please don't claim any credit for the artwork
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TenoreRobusto Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my!  This is terrific!  
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I wouldnt even worry about innacuracy...you got it really right for most part! this looks great!...it's Arda, yet I love the small scale/scope of it...kinda like looking at like a map of Hyrule or something to that effect. (not to lessen the Coolness of this, or Compare the world of zelda to Tolkien's world) lol but thats just what it reminded me of, and why I love it! this is really great!
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:iconlauriani:
Lauriani Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just can't get over how absolutely breathtaking this is
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
It's cool:)
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:iconsercy:
Sercy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
freakin amazing.
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:iconutulienn:
Utulienn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
That's great!
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:iconjmsnooks:
jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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Lonesome--Crow Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
I like this. :)
For years now, I have intended painting the map from 'The Lord of the Rings' as a 3D landscape, But I'd never have though of putting it inside a sphere.
Great picture.
One question: What is the little oblong, top left of the outer sphere?
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! That Mr Lonely Crow, is a mistake.
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Lonesome--Crow Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Oops! Sorry, I thought I may have been a text box or something. Still a great picture which has inspired my imagination. :)
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Ailin1252 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so fascinating and perfect. :worship:
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is wonderful!
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Spankreas Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is wonderful! it's rewarding to see arda like this after pouring over karen wynn fonstad's interpretations.
great job! :excited:
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Is that the nice lady who did the maps of middle earth book? I have it at home. Good read.
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Spankreas Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yup. that's her!
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coranglais Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Wow, this is cool. Really a fulfillment of what Tolkien sketched out in the Ambarkanta.
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool representation!
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Iyadaethras Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always found this style of the world so fascinating. I love how you made it look :D
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's a little (very) hard to make out the locations however, so I may reformat this if I decide to come at it again. Maop do it in more of a map style (an artistic map).
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AlmightyNabeshin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
There are people who believe that this is literally how the world is and are bending over backward to explain away all evidence to the contrary.
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ChrisPickman Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Writer
Ohh, for eru! it`s awesomeee!!!!
TO MY FAVS!
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GamgeeFest Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I could never visualize a flat world. You did great with this!
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You shoud have been inspired by the Karen Wynn Fonstad's Atlas.
Your work is perfect!
:love:
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sweet-osmanthus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
so so pretty.
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I may have another bash at this at some point. Too much of this picture is space, maybe if I did it with super-sized locations.
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sweet-osmanthus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
i like the space too, it's neat and clean and have nice color. and made Arda really impressive. cool layout. (just my opinion)
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:iconqitian:
Qitian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool work! It's very hard for me to imagine Arda in its "flat world" state so it's nice to see it like this!
(Though strictly speaking I guess a composite of all three Ages wouldn't really be possible... but the work as such is still awesome!)
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Giledhel-Narya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very, very beautiful!
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:icongrrrod:
Grrrod Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's a little hard to what's-what in this, maybe I should do a new version. Or not.
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thirtysilver Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Positively gorgeous!
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GovannonsArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
It looks fantastic.
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oOMliOo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
haha thats so cool XD <3
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great!
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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the middle earth ???
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:iconqitian:
Qitian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of Arda, actually - Middle-earth is just the big continent with the Africa-shaped bit dangling from it.
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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ok, thx :D
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Grrrod Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Roughly, a semi-accurate composite of all three ages.
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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ok :)

thx :p
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Angel-Gui Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome : O great work! ;)
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