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MELO R5: John Snyder vs Mr. Unknown
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Bracket: Barad Dur
Category: Valinor
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My entry for round 5 of the Middle Earth LEGO Olympics. My category was Valinor from The Silmarilion, and I chose to recreate the Kinslaying at Alqualondë. The build was loosely inspired by this image , particularly the landscaping. It took 7 days to complete, and weighs a whopping 26.2 pounds, making it my largest solo build to date! The build process proved to be very challenging at times, especially the water and mossy hillside. Initially I just was using trans clear 1×2 bricks for the water, but it was warping so much I had to add plates to connect it to the bottom layer of water, so that it would attach correctly. Below is a summary of the Kinslaying at Alqualondë for those of you who are interested.

“The Kinslaying at Alqualondë was the first slaying of Elf by Elf, and was the act that banned the Ñoldor from returning to Aman, the lands of the West, for centuries. When Fëanor intended to leave Valinor, he needed ships to get to Middle-earth without great loss, but the Ñoldor possessed no ships, and Fëanor feared that any delay in their departure would cause the Ñoldor to reconsider. The Ñoldor, led by Fëanor and his sons, tried to persuade their friends, the Teleri of Alqualondë, to give him their ships. However, the Teleri would not help in any way against the will of the Valar, and in fact attempted to persuade their friends to reconsider and stay in Aman. Unwilling to take “no” for an answer, the Ñoldor started taking the ships and sailing them away. This angered the Teleri, and they threatened the Ñoldor with rocks and arrows, and they threw many of Fëanor’s followers out of the ships and into the harbor. They also began to attempt to block the harbour; however, it is only slightly possible that the Teleri drew first blood. Then the Ñoldor drew swords, and the Teleri their bows, and there was a bitter fight that seemed evenly matched, if not even in favor of the Teleri, until the second Host of the Ñoldor, led by Fingon, arrived together with some of Fingolfin’s people. Misunderstanding the situation, they assumed the Teleri had attacked the Ñoldor under orders of the Valar, and they joined the fight”





























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Comments

 I like it 
  July 22, 2017
Very impressing MOC, John! Even I like the harmonic intricacy of your final opponents MOC more! Good luck! ;)
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  July 19, 2017
Beautiful work as always, John. Very similar to how I imagined the harbour. Great colour composition as well! Good luck in the final!
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  July 18, 2017
I just finished Quenta Silmarillion, and this is just how I imagined the scene!! Very nice to see people doing more from the Silmarillion!!! Great part of the book, and you've done it perfectly!!!! Well done!!! :) ~Vandilor
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  July 18, 2017
This is an excellent build! My vote is not needed anymore, But you have my vote. The boat is very good. The water looks good. The overall look is fantastic. Good luck in the finals. Greetz, Elio
 I like it 
  July 18, 2017
A well-deserved victory. Good luck in the final!
  July 18, 2017
Congrats sir! You have my vote.
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  July 18, 2017
Oh wow! This is incredible! Lovely work all around! --Blast--
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  July 17, 2017
This is really gorgeous. You have my vote.
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  July 17, 2017
What I want to know is... how the heck did you build all this in such a short amount of time??! :O You have my respect. This is most impressive. I love the architecture so much (the horns on that white building-genius!), and the different angles you've got herer are really great. Good luck!
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  July 17, 2017
Amazing build, fantastic texture and detailing, and the size is very impressive. 5/5
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  July 17, 2017
Now that is something special, hat's off.
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  July 17, 2017
Incredible. That arch in the rock is amazing. =)
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  July 17, 2017
Simply amazing! You're setting quite a bar of quality for MELO builders to follow in the future!
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  July 17, 2017
So much to love here. From the composition to the color scheme to all the little details. Bravo, John!
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  July 17, 2017
This is even better than your last round build. The swan boat is perfect!
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  July 17, 2017
Well done! I agree about the water; it pops but to me it says Valinor!
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  July 17, 2017
Awesome John! I love everything here, and for some reason, the water just really pops out! Good luck and keep it up! :D
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  July 17, 2017
I just knew you'd create a beautiful "city-scape," and you didn't disappoint! Incredible work, John! - Completely blows mine out of the water. ;) - Good luck anyway.
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  July 17, 2017
Wow, Brilliant! So many great details everywhere. The buildings, the landscape, the boat with its sail... Awesome work :-)
 
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