Rivendell . .
From the builders that brought you award-winning Amon Hen...
Due to both of our unique interests in Lord of the Rings and our supreme passion for the LEGO brick, we decided to combine them into a creation for Brickfair 2012. This was our second time collaborating on a creation (our first collaborative being Amon Hen), and this was definitely the largest, hardest, and most fun project that either of us have worked on. Because of our unique building styles, we complemented each other well and used the best of both our talents to great effect. We chose Rivendell because of its beautiful landscape, its iconic nature, and the fact that it will be in the upcoming Hobbit movie trilogy. It is our hope that you will enjoy the natural beauty and our creative gifts as expressed in this artistic representation of Rivendell, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Blake Baer, 16, and Jack Bittner, 16
Stats about Rivendell
-Consisting of 15 32x32 baseplates in a 3x5 layout
-Dimensions of 40" x 30"
-Approximately 120 pounds in total
-80+ hours of build time by both builders(not to mention work at Brickfair and the 20+ hours put in by me for photography and editing)
-More than 50,000 pieces involving 1 Bricklink order, 1 LEGO payment, 2 PaB boxes of 1x1 and 1x2 trans clear plates, 2 combined collections, and various other sources were needed in the creation of Rivendell.
For me [Blake] its impossible to really sum up this experience with words. I absolutely loved working with my good friend Jack, so this experience gave us a lot of time together. It is a kind of bitter sweet experience of sorts. This is without a doub the hardest, best, and comparatively most rewarding creation I have ever worked on. Seeing it come to completion brings many differing emotions to mind. For example, the rockwork was THE hard part about this creation, and the part that took my undivided attention. Jack focused more on the elven buildings raising the ground, but the rocks and water are my handiwork (or fault). Putting the last few rocks in place was a very satisfying time.
I will hopefully write more a bit later. Be sure to check back often for updates in the description.
I took a video just to show the layout and connect some dots regarding the positions of details. I found it to be quite helpful.
Here are some detail shots that didn't merit their own large picture. I realized that I took up to 280 pictures (which was then narrowed down to 140) so having that many large pictures really clogs things up.
Because this was built for Brickfair, this needed to be able to be transported down to Virginia. Our solution to that problem (and the same solution as in Amon Hen) is that the creation breaks apart in 8 separate modules which are then able to be boxed up and stacked for easy transportation. The modules presented a large difficulty for us this year, because the mountains needed huge boxes. Fortunately, we managed to scrape up enough boxes to get it down and back safely. The modularithy also presented a challenge because we needed to blend the seams while also making them able to come apart. This is our result.
Some brief shots documenting the progress of the creation as we went along. You'll notice how we started by laying out the water. This was necessary because it was the lowest elevation of the landscape and we needed to build from the bottom up (like you guys probably do). After the water, we worked on the rocks, leveled things off, began the mountains along with the houses and finished off with the tiles on the water and the trees/foliage.
These pictures will give you some perspective on our task of setting things up. We had a huge barricade in the middle of the walking area because of all our boxes.
We had the opportunity of being interviewed by a reporter from GBTV. It was a fun little interview for the kids program (I believe). That is me on the left and Jack on the right.
A picture of me with Rivendell. I really wish we could've gotten a picture with Jack and I together with the MOC, but he left early Sunday, so we never got the opportunity.
Not too long ago, the LEGO community lost one of its finest FFOLs, Heather Braaten. As a subtle tribute to the fallen heroine, I included her signature minifig in this creation.
A cookie to whoever can find her!
This creation would not be possible without the help or inspiration of the following:
Jack Bittner, for building this with me. Thanks for being the fun-loving, encouraging, fist-pumping champ that you are! Awesome work mate. This one was well deserving of all the high fives.
Dave Kaleta, for his amazing rendition of Rivendell which inspired us to no end.
Sean and Steph Mayo, for your encouragement, your sacrifice, and your shipments of LEGO.
Stuartt Clark, for helping us set up at Brickfair.
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your time. I hope that you enjoyed viewing my latest creation. Please leave a comment letting us know what you thought of Rivendell. Commments/suggestions/constructive criticism is always welcome.
And as always, SOLI DEO GLORIA!