On the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-Earth

The bittersweet ending of The Lord of the Rings is a scene that impacted many readers and viewers such as myself. It is the last we see of our beloved heroes after so many trials and tribulations in their story. In this scene, our heroes join the elves on a boat departing Middle-Earth to “a far green country under a swift sunrise.” Many see this as an allegory for death and the journey beyond, whether it be heaven or something else. Like Bilbo, I like to think of this in a more optimistic way: a new adventure in an unfamiliar land. JNJ Bricks captured the moment in the Grey Havens right before their departure in a striking, immersive LEGO scene.

Grey Havens

The minifigures of Frodo, Gandalf, and the hobbits stand in the foreground, out of focus and facing away. The elves wait by the boat, ready to take them on their journey out of the completely brick-built harbour. LEGO parts make up everything in this scene, from the water to the sunset sky between the cliffs. My favourite detail, the arches, and towers across the water look just like the movie, despite being so small. The boat, being grey, is distinct enough to not blend into the background. The accuracy of this scene invokes the same emotion in me as I experience while reading the book or watching the movie. Now I am in the mood for some of Tolkien’s poetry…

1 comment on “On the shores of the sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-Earth

  1. Purple Dave

    Poor Merry got cheated by the blocking, which left him hidden behind Gandalf until the camera starts tracking right. I’m just finishing up Twelve Days of Tolkien. In the past, I’ve tried to binge The Hobbit on one day and LotR on another, but I always end up tuning out partway through. As my DVR gets more empty, I figured I’d try watching one disc at a time, since the EE versions split each movie in half. Today just happens to be Day 12, when I’m watching the scene that this is based on.

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