Lord of the Rings fans have been wishing for many years for LEGO to pick up the Lord of the Rings license and recreate the magic of Middle Earth. Well, the LEGO Lord of the Rings sets are now here, and The Hobbit sets coming soon, so wish granted!
Although it seems everyone is happy about the LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigures, there has been some disappointment over the sets themselves. Some LEGO Lord of the Rings fans consider the sets too small and lackluster compared to what could be done within the theme; majestic towers, beautiful castles, great forests, expansive landscapes, huge armies…
Unfortunately LEGO designers’ hands are tied by the logistics of putting together something that could still be sold at a reasonable price-point. Could they have done better? Perhaps. That is a whole discussion in itself. However LEGO fans themselves are limited only by their imagination, and the number of LEGO bricks they have. So today, I thought to explore some of the best LEGO Lord of the Rings dioramas made by LEGO fans.
LEGO Lord of the Rings Rivendell - created by two 16-year-olds, Blake Baer & Jack Bittner, this is the largest LEGO Rivendell scene I have come across. The beautiful details really capture the peacefulness and serenity of the land of the elves. Check out the full gallery here: LEGO Lord of the Rings Rivendell
LEGO Lord of the Rings Helms Deep – another massive Lord of the Rings diorama created by Daniel Z for a store in Oslo, Norway. Wish we could have gotten this one, instead of the one released by LEGO! Don’t you think? Being able to afford it would be another matter though. More pictures here: LEGO Lord of the Rings Helms Deep
LEGO Lord of the Rings Minas Tirith - built for Brickworld in 2011 by Chris Phipson, Mark Kelso and the Fellowship of the Brick. In fact Minas Tirith is just one small part of this collaboration. The Fellowship took up the huge task of building the entire Middle Earth! You can see a lot more pictures and follow their journey to this massive project here: LEGO Lord of the Rings Journey of the Fellowship
LEGO Lord of the Rings Last March of the Ents – created by OneLUG members, the base of the model is 305 LEGO studs (8ft.) in diameter and the tower stands 228 LEGO bricks (7ft. 2in.) tall. The epic battle consist of 23 Ents and 100+ Orcs. I highly recommend checking out the full gallery for detailed photos and videos: LEGO Lord of the Rings Last March of the Ents
Awesome creations, aren’t they? Not all of the LEGO Lord of the Rings are sets are so huge though. There are also some lovely smaller ones that capture the magic of Lord of the Rings and its heroes. Here are some examples:
LEGO The Hobbit Amon Hen - Blake Baer created a whole set of small scenes from The Hobbit depicting the adventures of Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves. You can check out the whole gallery here: LEGO The Hobbit Set
LEGO Lord of the Rings Council of Elrond - a smaller vignette by Harry Russell depicting the all-important meeting that led to the formation of the Fellowship. See here: LEGO Lord of the Rings Council of Elrond
LEGO Lord of the Rings Grey Havens – even in micro-scale you can create something beautiful! This gorgeous scene from the end of the saga is faithfully depicted by infomaniac using forced-perspective and micro-building techniques. Picture here: LEGO Lord of the Rings Grey Havens
And there are many-many more LEGO Lord of the Rings scenes and dioramas created by devoted Lord of the Rings fans. This is just a sample to get you inspired and to see what is possible. If you would like to check out the currently available LEGO Lord of the Rings sets you can check them out at the Online LEGO Shop, or click on the banner below:
Do you have a favorite LEGO Lord of the Rings diorama? Did you ever build one on your own? And how do you like the ones pictured above? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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