Behold the awesomeness that is Minas Tirith, the City of Kings and capital of Gondor in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Iowan artist Pat Acton spent three years and used 420,000 matchsticks, 24,000 small wooden blocks, a careful hand and lots of glue to recreate this awesome matchstick model of the White City. The blocks were used to build Mount Mindolluin, the easternmost peak of the White Mountains, which supports the colossal matchstick structure.

If you’re traveling through Iowa and looking for interesting sights, you can visit Acton’s Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa to view this and other amazing matchstick structures in person. The museum is open 7 days a week from 1-5 pm (April 1 – Nov. 30). However they caution that the museum “is not responsible for injuries suffered from Orcs and Uruk-hai.”

Visit Pat Acton’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his remarkable matchstick marvels.

Head over to Twisted Sifter for additional photos.

LEGO + The Lord of the Rings = Awesome

Alice Finch (creator of the LEGO Hogwarts featured here) teamed up with David Frank to create a LEGO model of Rivendell:

“the last homely house west of the mountains,” where Elrond where Elrond hosts both Bilbo and his dwarven companions in The Hobbit and Frodo and the Fellowship in The Lord of the Rings.

The Brothers Brick just unveiled official photos of this jaw-droppingly detailed model, which was made suing 200,000 LEGO bricks. They also interviewed Alice and David about their stupendous creation.

A project of this scale begins with plenty of research. In order to faithfully recreate one of Middle-Earth’s loveliest locations using tiny plastic bricks, Alice and David first studied all the relevant scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and then painstakingly scoured BrickLink in search of custom LEGO pieces that would best suit their ambitious goal.

Visit The Brothers Brick to learn more about all of the work that went into creating this beautiful plastic love letter to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Visit Alice Finch’s Flickr stream for a complete gallery of photos.

[via The Brothers Brick]

LEGO enthusiasts Rich-K & Big J are working on an awesome recreation of the Battle of Helm’s Deep from The Two Towers volume of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s an epic model for an epic tale. Weighing in around 160 pounds and covering the area of a ping-pong table, this impressive project is 90% complete. Thus far it consists of 150,000 LEGO pieces and contains over 1,700 minifigs. That is a lot of tiny plastic people with even tinier plastic weapons. You can practically hear their battle cries.

Click here to view more photos.

Rich-K & Big J’s Lord of the Rings, Helm’s Deep MOC will be finished in time to be displayed at the 2013 Cincinnati Comic Expo, which runs from September 13th through the 15th. After that it will be on display at  BrickWorld Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 28th and 29th, 2013.

[via Geekologie]

It’s LEGO day on Geyser of Awesome!

An epic guitar for an epic tale. Vivian Xiao, artist, graphic designer, and illustrator, transformed a humble acoustic guitar into an awesome Lord of the Rings Guitar using sharpie markers. She spent 25 hours working on this beautiful piece.

If you’re familiar with world of J.R.R. Tolkien, you may recognize Bag End (Bilbo’s house), The Gates of Argonath (The Pillars of Kings), a Great Eagle, Rivendell, one of the Nazgûl, Isengard, Arwen’s water elemental horses, Minas Tirith, an Oliphaunt, and of course Barad-dûr with the dreaded Eye of Sauron, and more. Awesome.

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SadDaysCrochet created this awesome Dwarven Helm as a present for her brother.

"The helm I based directly on the helm that Gimli wears in the Lord of the Rings movies, the beard was my own design with massive creative input from my brother. Helm has a lovely fleece interior and beard attaches and detaches with large snaps. The rest is mithril."

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SadDaysCrochet created this awesome Dwarven Helm as a present for her brother.

"The helm I based directly on the helm that Gimli wears in the Lord of the Rings movies, the beard was my own design with massive creative input from my brother. Helm has a lovely fleece interior and beard attaches and detaches with large snaps. The rest is mithril."

[via Obvious Winner]

We’ve seen meat made out of balloons, Doctor Who’s TARDIS made out of balloons, and even a record-breaking giant spider made out of balloons, and now this, an entire room constructed using balloons. But wait, it’s not just any room. It’s the one and only Bag End, Bilbo Baggins’ cozy Hobbit Smial nestled into the side of a hill on the north side of Hobbiton.

“Balloon Bag End” was created by Jeremy Telford of Balloon Guy Entertainment. Jeremy spent one weekend inflating, twisting, and tying together 2600 balloons in order to transform his own living room into a unique replica of the famous Baggins’ residence, featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings books.

Paying great attention to details, Telford created the actual Hobbiton smial, as well as interior accessories like the small candle chandelier, a cozy fireplace and all the furniture described by Tolkien in his books. In a comment left on The One Ring community website, Jeremy said: “I planned it out a little bit. I googled 18th English furniture styles to give me a platform to jump from. I read the Hobbit again (not a chore!) to gleen what I could of the description of Bag End. Then I did some initial sketches before starting the big build.”

Jeremy filmed the entire undertaking and then put together a time-lapse video of the 40-hour long construction process. Jeremy’s talent, patience, and enthusiasm are, as far as we’re concerned, pretty awesome. Make sure to watch the video all the way through to the end to catch “the cutest demolition crew ever.”

For even more fantastic balloon creations by Telford and other talented artists, check out Balloon Guy Entertainment.

[via Oddity Central]

"Our only wish, to catch a fish, so juicy sweet!" 

New Zealand-based special effects wizards from Weta Workshop installed this incredibly awesome 13 meter (43 foot) Gollum statue inside Wellington Airport in New Zealand to promote the upcoming release of the first installment of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of The Hobbit.

Gollum appears to be smiling as he attempts to catch himself a tasty fish while looming over travelers who are themselves having a bite to eat. You can even see a few bubbles emerging from Gollum’s mouth, which can only mean one thing: Surprise travelers! Your airport is underwater and you didn’t even know it.

Watch video of the installation of one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s most memorable characters here.

[via Geekologie]

We love this awesome Nazgul origami creation made by Jason Ku and we can’t help but think that J.R.R. Tolkien would be delighted by it too. 

Jason Ku has been folding paper since the age of five and began designing origami in high school. Since 2005, he has been the president of MIT’s origami club OrigaMIT and teaches regular Workshops on MIT’s campus. He is also currently the managing editor for OrigamiUSA’s online magazine, The Fold.

[via My Modern Metropolis]