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.

Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator PJ McQuade created an awesome series of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings-themed Valentines.

Yoda makes a surprisingly effective (and creepy) cupid. “Ready for love are you?”

We’re guessing that any chocolates palatable to Gollum are probably raw fish-flavored, but he’s also an amazing way to say “You’re Precious To Me.”

These valentines and others are available via PJ McQuade’s Etsy shop.

[via HiConsumption]

It’s Happy Weird Valentine’s Day on Geyser of Awesome!

The Lord of the Rings + Planet of the Apes = Awesome
Who knew that Frodo and Gandalf would make such fine apes? We love it when cosplayers combine different subjects so well that we suddenly wish there actually was material like this in existence. We’d read about or watch this adventure mashup in a heartbeat.
New York-based photographer Michael Tapp captured this unforgettable portrait at the 2013 New York Comic Con. This was NYCC’s biggest year ever and there was all sorts of spectacular cosplay happening.
Head over to Geeks are Sexy to check out more of Michael’s 2013 NYCC cosplay portraits.

The Lord of the Rings + Planet of the Apes = Awesome

Who knew that Frodo and Gandalf would make such fine apes? We love it when cosplayers combine different subjects so well that we suddenly wish there actually was material like this in existence. We’d read about or watch this adventure mashup in a heartbeat.

New York-based photographer Michael Tapp captured this unforgettable portrait at the 2013 New York Comic Con. This was NYCC’s biggest year ever and there was all sorts of spectacular cosplay happening.

Head over to Geeks are Sexy to check out more of Michael’s 2013 NYCC cosplay portraits.

Kenny Durkin, an illustrator based in Clermont, Florida, has created an awesome series of illustrations depicting The Muppets as popular movie and tv show characters. Each piece makes us smile, but there is something particularly delightful about Rowlf the Dog as The Big Bowwowski.

"I’m the Dog. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dogness, or uh, Doger, or El Dogerino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing."

Click here to view the entire series.

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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 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]