"Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold."
Jack and I are back with our latest creation from Tolkien's Middle Earth, this one from his book, The Hobbit. When we saw the first movie last year, we loved it too much not to build a scene from it. Of course, we couldn't build any thing less than the iconic dwarf city. So here it is, our third and latest collaboration (our first was Amon Hen, our second was Rivendell). We chose Erebor for many reasons, not the least of which was that we love building mountains [sarcasm]. This build was a ton of fun, and we hope you enjoy it. And now, it is our pleasure to present Erebor, the dwarven hall of kings."
Blake Baer, 17, and Jack Bittner, 18
To start things off, here are some stats about Erebor:
-16 32x32 baseplates arranged in a 4x4 pattern totaling a base area of 16,384 studs or 1,600 square inches.
-More than 80,000 pieces were used in this creation making it weigh close to 200 pounds.
-The peak is 56 inches tall.
-Comes apart into 11 separate sections.
-A combined 400+ hours time investment was spent on this creation.
Well, after almost 6 months of work, here it is. Erebor, I am proud to say, is the largest creation I have had the pleasure of working on and completing. I guess I had a lot of fun with the rocks in Rivendell (although I was probably traumatized by them, and I got psychologically mixed up) so Jack and I decided to build an entire mountain. Bad idea that. But we somehow slogged our way through the mind-numbingly tedious hours, and managed to finish it off.
I had a blast working on this project. There is something so inherently satisfying about seeing a project like this come to a close and enjoying the attention it receives that really makes all the hard work worth it. Jack is an incredible guy, and it means a lot to me that he can stand to work by my side for such long periods of time, haha. You're the best buddy!
Also, this will likely be my artistic "swan song" for a while in the community. I am at the point in my life where I need to focus on things other than LEGO. It is becoming too much of a distraction. Don't worry, I am gonna keep my Flickr and MOCpages, and I will likely still be very active in the community. Just not as much building from my end. So with that said, please enjoy this creation in light of my temporary retirement from the community.
And I also recog-- oh, lets be real here, nobody even reads this stuff. You all just want to see the creation, so here it is!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you... Erebor!
God bless you all.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!