Yep uploading pixel art to dA is a nightmare, I'm especially annoyed by the blurry preview images :D
Thank you for the feedback! Yeah, I did ended up using a lot of colours, but this was one of my first works, so I hope to improve in the future.
I completely forgot about the zoom in feature, so I uploaded the same version that is in my DA page haha.
I love this (big Tolkien fan)! Especially all the floral details at the front :)
I'd suggest you upload the original though (people can zoom in/scale up your images by clicking the +/- under the main file) or a less scaled up main as the current one is far too big to be viewed clearly.
Also you could easily reduce the amount of colours in this since your palette has a lot of really similar shades
Just zoom it out. lol