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MELO R1: The Oathtaking of Cirion and Eorl
Song choice: Into the West! Reasons: In the scene the sun is setting (going into the west) as well as the fact that it embodies future hopes to me of a great relationship between the peoples of Gondor and Rohan("What can you see, On the horizon?"). This MOC shows the oathtaking of Cirion, Steward of Gondor and Eorl the young, Lord Éothéod at the tomb of Elendil atop Amon Anwar in the year TA 2510. It was preceeded by the riders of the Éothéod rushing south to help the much weakened army of Gondor in its fight against the Balchoth; a fearsome force of Easterlings who had overtaken the plains of Calenardhon. The riders destroyed the Balchoth and for this act of friendship and loyalty, as well as the fact that they had grown too large a people for their own land in the north, the Steward of Gondor met with their Lord at the crossing of the Mering Stream and led him along on a secret path with several captains of either side to Amon Anwar where he gave him the whole land of Calenardhon to rule as his own and oaths were sworn to protect one another in times of need. Hallas, Cirion's son, created the name Rohan for the new people and their land and this the name we have known them well by right up to the events of the Lord of the Rings as Rohan honoured this oath on the day the battle of Pelennor was won.
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So onto the model! This MOC details the top of Amon Anwar with my original plan being to build the top normal scale and add some microscale trees near the bottom to look like the entire hill in perspective though I scrapped that plan early on upon realising my effort and bricks could be better spent elsewhere though I did leave some micro trees near the south face of the hill but you can think of them as simple bushes if you so wish :P. I also used several building techniques on this model including SNOT (excessively) as well as one example of diagonal striping (where a roof tile bricks and inverted roof tile bricks are placed next to each other with the second on a plate to create a diagonal fault as is visible in the left side of the main picture and picture 1). Below that I used hinge bricks to form a curved grassy landscape which I think turned out rather well!

1.
This picture shows the north face of the hill where there is a stone stair which leads to the summit. Most of the SNOT building used is concentrated here and can be seen more clearly in picture 7. The path which leads to the stairs would wind this way and that through the Firien wood right up to the Great West Road if it was completed further outwards.

2.
In this picture a part of the build which I was unsure of can be seen as in the story it is said that "At the foot of the stair there was a small shelf or cove made in the hillside with low turf-banks" and I didn't quite understand so I guessed what that might look like! Did it turn out ok?

3.
Atop the hill is an oval lawn with a green mound at the east end covered in the white flowers of Alfirin, something known to cover the tombs of men across Middle Earth. A black stone lies nearby engraved with the signature of Elendil himself revealing to the company that this is his tomb, something previously unknown to all except the line of Stewards. In the picture all the memeber of the company can be seen including (from right to left): Eorl the Young, Hallas son of Cirion, the Prince of Dol Amroth, Éomund (the chief captain of the host of the Éothéod) (blond at front), (then behind him) two councillors of Gondor, two other chief captains of the Éothéod and finally two esquires to bear the arms of Cirion and Eorl while no other present was allowed to carry a weapon.

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Cirion himself is visible here holding the white wand of the steward with his hand on the tomb of Elendil while he recites his oath to Eorl.

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In the story it is siad that "Standing to his full height [Cirion] laid his hand upon the tomb and in his right hand held up the white wand of the Stewards, and spoke words that filled those who heard them with awe. For as he stood up the sun went down in flame in the West and his white robe seemed to be on fire!". I felt I just had to attempt to recreate this effect and I had many ideas in order to do so including using LEGO Light bricks, creating a silhouette and even lighting a candle behind him to literally seem like his mantle was on fire! (don't worry, all necessary safety precautions were taken! XD).

6.
Here you go! I removed a tree so the SNOT on the north face could be seen. I used 3 different types of SNOT here. Firstly, the wall just above and a bit to the left of the stairs was made by building onto a couple of part 44728 angle plates. Next I used hinged plates to turn a stack of roof bricks to a completely different angles with hinges visible at the top. Finally I used 'headlight' bricks to join a normal wall with a section of SNOT bricks.

7.
The east face of Amon Anwar where I used more SNOT to create a grassy overhang. Oh and look: A MUSHROOM!

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This last picture is a compilation of pictures which could not fit in this MOC. They include: the south face complete with micro trees/bushes, the curved grassy landscape which used hinged bricks to make it, a higher angle view of the stone stairs and some slightly less successful attempts at the light effect.


Overall I think this didn't go too badly even considering it is a first of its kind in many ways for me: My first LOTR universe (EA!) MOC, my first creation made specifically for the mocpages and the first time I've ever purposely attempted to be adventurous with building techniques including SNOT, Diagonal Striping and using hinges to create a curve in the landscape! That is all for this MOC, sorry for entering so late but thanks for coming by to check it out and also for allowing me to participate in this contest! Peace out! :)

PS This creation may be fairly small but please appreciate it as I think it has crushed my soul considering I had to rush taking a lot ofpictures of some other lego to free up bricks for this then I've just had to write this twice as it logged me out the first time and I lost it AND I think it was better the first time! :S Oh well! :P



Comments

 I made it 
  July 14, 2015
Quoting Zechariah Blake Wow!!! Nice job Jonny, sorry you didn’t win! There is a lot to read in this though… :P
hehe thanks! Didn't even get past round 1 :P I do try to put the effort in :P
 I like it 
  July 14, 2015
Wow!!! Nice job Jonny, sorry you didn’t win! There is a lot to read in this though… :P
 I made it 
  January 10, 2015
Quoting Soccer Socks Hey Jonny, nice creation! BTW you're in the brainstorm group and we're trying to start a story line. Comment on the "story line" conversation and say what you think about it.
thanks! Ok, I'll have a look! :)
 I made it 
  January 10, 2015
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 . Say, this is pretty cool, Jonny! I really like the nice colors and details with the pics, and the fantastic variety of minifigures that you have included here. Good show and best of luck in the contest! 5/5! :-)
Thanks very much! I got 29/60 in the end! :P Oh well!
 I like it 
  January 9, 2015
Hey Jonny, nice creation! BTW you're in the brainstorm group and we're trying to start a story line. Comment on the "story line" conversation and say what you think about it.
 I like it 
  January 7, 2015
Say, this is pretty cool, Jonny! I really like the nice colors and details with the pics, and the fantastic variety of minifigures that you have included here. Good show and best of luck in the contest! 5/5! :-)
 I made it 
  January 7, 2015
Quoting Fjonin :) The entries were coming so quick the last few days, so I missed this one :P But anyway, good job! I like that you try new techniques!
ok! Thankyou! I know it's not very good compared to the other entries but like I said, it is a generally new thing to me! :)
 I like it 
  January 7, 2015
The entries were coming so quick the last few days, so I missed this one :P But anyway, good job! I like that you try new techniques!
 I made it 
  January 7, 2015
I should have more comments by now :P
 I made it 
  January 4, 2015
Quoting Jamie Hampton I think the reason for that is that it's in the intro HTML links don't work if they are in the introduction
really? Ok.
  January 4, 2015
I think the reason for that is that it's in the intro HTML links don't work if they are in the introduction
 I made it 
  January 4, 2015
that's odd: sometimes the melo link and paragraph breaks work but sometimes they don't :S
 
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