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Tower of Orthanc at Isengard (version 2) . 8 foot high model of the Tower of Orthanc at Isengard in Middle Earth. . Tower of Orthanc at Isengard J.R.R.Tolkien's Middle Earth featured many wonders and the Tower of Orthanc at Isengard was surely one of them. Built by the Númenórean men of the region later known as Gondor long ago using a now lost technique, the tower rose 500 feet to the platform between the four spikes at the top. Late in the Third Age of the Sun, the Istari Saruman gained permission to reside at Isengard from the then reigning Steward of Gondor. After a while Saruman became corrupted by the desire to control the One Ring and he turned Isengard into a fortress from which he sent Orc search parties out to find the One Ring before the Dark Lord Sauron (the creator and original owner of the One RIng) could retrieve it for himself. The LEGO Model Not long after I saw Peter Jackson's movie version of the Lord of the Rings, I built a 4.5 foot model of Isengard. That model was my first AFOL LEGO creation. I thought it was fairly good at the time. After seeing some more recent LEGO Orthanc models by other builders, I realized it was not very good; so down it came in ruin. I have replaced it with a nearly 8 foot high model. This new Orthanc is more closely modeled after the one in the Peter Jackson movies which in turn is based on the art work of noted artist Alan Lee. I also have to credit the OneLUG people with inspiring this rebuild with their excellent diorama "Last March of the Ents". I displayed the new Orthanc for the first time at Brickbash 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I depicted the scene from Fellowship of the Ring when Gandalf travels to Isengard to meet with Saruman to discuss the fate of the ring. 1. Gandalf the Grey arrives at Isengard to consult with Saruman the White about the One Ring. 2. The two wizards approach the only entrance to the tower, a long stair case leading to a nearly indestructible door. Once inside Gandalf will discover just how much interest Saruman has in the One Ring. 3. A view of the Orthanc model at Brickbash 2012. Several other Lord of the Rings creations by Sharon Vance are displayed near the tower. 4. Looking up toward the four sharp spikes at the top. While artist Alan Lee had depicted the base of the tower many years ago for a book cover of "The Two Towers", he did not design the top until Peter Jackson asked him to for the movie version.

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