Epic tale, epic microscale

I love The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Like, really, really love it. I have more than a whole shelf in my library (yes, I have a library, filled with many leather-bound books) devoted just to the book and its ancillary volumes (The Hobbit, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, etc.). Tolkien is my favorite author, by far, and I’ve read his major work at least twelve times. So when I see really well done LEGO builds based on the stories, like this one by Simon Hundsbichler, it gets the warm fuzzies going inside. Even if it is based on the movies, I still love it; after all, for whatever butcheries they did to the characters (e.g. Faramir), Peter Jackson et al. did a phenomenal job of representing the material cultures of Middle Earth. This particular build is inspired by the second volume of the work, The Two Towers, and features many towers, from the horn tower of Helm’s Deep to Orthanc to Minas Morgul to Cirith Ungol.

The Two Towers

Microscale is notoriously tricky to pull off, but Simon is a master among masters at it. Some features that need to be pointed out include using the tiny hole in the bar holder with clip as the window at the top of Cirith Ungol. Genius. But it is all amazing. Helm’s Deep bears repeated looks, with the absurd number of unconventional pieces in the rockwork, from grey hawks and frogs to saddles. But then there’s my favorite stair technique with a grille brick leading up to Meduseld. And a stud shooter in Cirith Ungol. And rockets in the towers of both Minas Morgul and Helm’s Deep. And a spider as Shelob, a giant spider. Brilliant. And there’s a Treebeard, too! Add in the book base, and the water flowing through it, and you have one of my favorite LEGO creations ever.

If you missed Simon’s masterful representation of the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, check it out here. I can’t wait to see the third installment!

1 comment on “Epic tale, epic microscale

  1. Purple Dave

    I’m on the other end of this spectrum. As was my perpetual doom, I got Book 2 of 3 at a RIF event (seriously, every book I remember getting through RIF was the second book of a trilogy), so I tracked down library copies of the first and third installments, and read away. I still have The Two Towers, but I’ve never read LotR a second time, or even bought the other two books in the trilogy. The core story was great, but I just can’t stand his writing style, or how much of the text simply doesn’t advance the story.

    In contrast, I have three different copies of Jackson’s movie trilogy. Oh, sure, the Hobbit trilogy is a bit over-the-top (and I hate Serkis’ Gollum more than Jar-Jar), but in terms of LotR, he proved that Tolkien really needed an editor.

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