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The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
The winning entry to Ian Spacek's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Contest." The stairs of Cirith Ungol is more inspired by the movie than my interpretation of the book. In the movie, The small rocky platform and the cliff is part of the bridge leading into the city of the Ringwraiths. I imagine the bridge separate and the steep stairway just overlooking it. I was going to make the stairway spiraled, and I do imagine it spiraling though the rock further up, but I liked my composition enough as it was that I decided not to add anything. The vig is perfectly 8x8 (unlike my Hobbit entry) because I know the rules are very strict, being a former judge myself. There's more ahead, so read on, and enjoy!
About this creation

The orcs march below the rocky landing. The first one is a personal favorite of mine, a Heavy battle Orc.


Frodo and Sam climbing. Sam always is in the rear, protecting his master from any following danger. Really, he should be in front because of...


Gollum! Here he peeks up though the small opening in the next landing. He is a custom that I will feature later.


The stairs without the figs. I used the spiral staircase technique and "twisted" it.


The stairs go up...


and up...


The next landing up. Even the only plant in the MOC is gray. Can you find the only piece in the vig that is not gray, bley, or crome (not including minifigs)?


Sam and Frodo in tattered attire.


The awesomely overdone Heavy Battle Orc and his deformed Zombie friend Bob (who starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).


My custom Gollum! I chopped up a monkey body, and stuck the head onto a hand which is wedged into an opening in the bottom of the torso.


Another shot of the deformed "Hobbit."


And finally, the bird's-eye-view shot of the vig. This shows the 8x8ness of it! Thanks for starting a Great Contest Ian!

Thanks for viewing!



Comments

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  January 14, 2013
Amazing build! I love how the build allows for the Orcs to be oblivious of the Hobbits just above them. The stairs themselves are very well done and I love your custom Gollum.
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  September 19, 2012
Oooh! Those stairs make me feel quite dizzy, especially in one the shots with no mini-figs. I like how the steps are all twisted.
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  September 19, 2012
Excellent!
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  August 26, 2012
"My preciousssss..." Perfect! I like how you made the stairs even steeper than in the movie.
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  November 1, 2011
My turn to bump you up to fifty! This deserves it Max, one of your best in my opinion.
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  September 29, 2011
*weeps bitterly* Oh well, great job anyway! I personally think this (and Hangman's Tree) are the best creations you've ever done! The techniques are sensational!
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  September 27, 2011
I hate to say, that I finally took this apart two days ago. It was up for nearly four months and I wish I could have kept it built longer. Thank you Ian for a great competition. Without it, I wouldn't have been spurred on to make this. I look forward to seeing the same parts used in my entry for the Great LOTR Contest hosted by Christopher Baldacci. Thanks again!
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  July 3, 2011
Awesometecular dude! Really Badass
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  July 1, 2011
minifigs: 24/25 build: 25/25 creativity: 49/50 Great job!!! Total: 98/100
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  July 1, 2011
minifigs: 24/25 build: 25/25 creativity: 49/50 Great job!!! Total: 98/100
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  June 30, 2011
wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW!!!!! this is totaly arsome. 98/100
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  June 27, 2011
Build: 25/25 Minifigs: 24/25 Creativity: 50/50 Total: 99/100
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  June 27, 2011
Quoting Ru Corder Gollum looks good, but for some reason that body reminds me of a kidney bean...
He he he... Now that you say that, it does look like a bean!
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  June 26, 2011
How did I miss this!? Amazing job! Gollum looks good, but for some reason that body reminds me of a kidney bean...
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  June 26, 2011
Build: 24/25, Mini-figs: 24/25, Creativity: 50/50. Score: 98/100
Max Pointner
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Aidan Moon
  June 25, 2011
Build:24 Minifigs:25 Creativity: 25 True:25 Overall: 99/100
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  June 20, 2011
Wow, this is definitely a very good MOC! Those stairs are pretty perfect, keep it up!
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  June 14, 2011
This is AMAZING! You're detail is perfect and your Gollum is really good! Comment on this if you can. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/274369
Max Pointner
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Jan D.
  June 8, 2011
wow this moc is really awesome.I love how you made the stairs.the whole moc brings a dark feeling.good work man.
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  June 8, 2011
I found it! looks like a blue stud... Anyways AMAZING creation! Reall love the stairs.
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  June 8, 2011
I see it! it's one of those little blue technic pins- on the far right around the middle- you used it to put the light grey "cheese slope" on upside-down! awesome job! now to the creation- amazing job- love the steep, curved stairs, rockface details- it's all amazing! I love it! figs are vbrilliant as well- all-round- almost perfect!
Max Pointner
LEGO Lord
  June 7, 2011
Nice model except for the Gollum minifigure; not very fond of that. The torso looks quite odd, it doesn't really fit. This is why I will rate this model 3/5.
Max Pointner
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Mark E
  June 7, 2011
I was just thinking about using a Gollum as a monkey thing!
Max Pointner
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Mitchell Andre
  June 7, 2011
Nice one Max! It looks very natural. I think you used a metallic silver colored stud or is it stainless steal colored stud? The stud is on the top near the plant.
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  June 7, 2011
Ok every one, I will give you all a hint on the non-gray, blay, or chrome piece: It is blue, and can be seen best in picture 5 (of the vig without minifigs) but also appears in 6.
Quoting Stormbringer . Great work. Looks painful to climb!
Especially if you are 500 years old! For a creature thats been alive that long, I say Gollum is doing quite well.
Quoting Mark E I was just thinking about using a Gollum as a monkey thing!
Great minds think alike. Unfortunately, that implies that dumb minds do too. Which are we?
Quoting Mitchell Andre Nice one Max! It looks very natural. I think you used a metallic silver colored stud or is it stainless steal colored stud? The stud is on the top near the plant.
That is chrome and it counts as gray. Sorry.
Quoting Steele Blade There's a clear piece on the stairs....
Actually, that piece is chrome silver.
Quoting the bourbonbrick Wow thats fairly amazing but the monkeys body should be brown?
It is brown, but I made the pics of Gollum black and white.
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  June 7, 2011
Well hidden! I found it, of course, but it was not easy. Before I move on to the MOC, I would like to point out that the colour of the 1x1 plate is metallic silver, not chrome silver. As for the MOC, the rock work is a bit chaotic, but definetely not horrible. Gollum would be good (I'll steal the vader head usage), if he were purist. With that I mean: anyone can cut off a monkey's head and tail, but not all can make a good purist gollum. Wich I will. The hobbits and orcs are very nice, I should also say, especially the "overdone" one. As good as the minifigs, are the stairs. The curves are really cool. All in all appeal is very good, mainly because of the height, it is very atmospheric, but the rocks draw it back a bit. Good luck in the contest!
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  June 7, 2011
Do I spy a black brick behind the stairs in the second picture? Well done!
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  June 7, 2011
Wondrous! great Gollum technique...
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  June 7, 2011
AMAZING Gollum design, especially as I was going to do the exact same thing! Love it.
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  June 7, 2011
well really nicely done, i didnt even knewt there did exist a silver/grey/chrome plant in lego atall, but i really like the way your the rock bends and curves, really geniasly
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  June 7, 2011
Very nice.
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  June 7, 2011
Amazing detail! Gollum is scaring me...
  June 7, 2011
its holding up a cheese slope at the right(from front) side of the stairs midway up the stairs.
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  June 7, 2011
Wow! That is amazing! I really like the armor on the Orcs and the custom Gollum is awesome.
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  June 7, 2011
cool.
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  June 7, 2011
found the blue piece!! but i wont tell u were it is...
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  June 7, 2011
found the blue piece!! but i wont tell u were it is...
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  June 7, 2011
Ok everyone, I will give you a hint on the piece that isn't gray, blay, or chrome. It is blue, and can best be seen in picture 5, but also appears in picture 6.
Quoting Stormbringer . Great work. Looks painful to climb!
Especially if you are 500 years old! For a creature thats been alive that long, I say Gollum is doing quite well.
Quoting Mark E I was just thinking about using a Gollum as a monkey thing!
Great minds think alike. Unfortunately, that implies that unintelligent minds do too. Which are we?
Quoting Mitchell Andre Nice one Max! It looks very natural. I think you used a metallic silver colored stud or is it stainless steal colored stud? The stud is on the top near the plant.
That is chrome and counts as a shade of gray. Sorry.
Quoting Steele Blade There's a clear piece on the stairs....
Actually, that piece is chrome silver.
Quoting the bourbonbrick Wow thats fairly amazing but the monkeys body should be brown?
It is brown, but I made the pics of Gollum black and white.
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  June 7, 2011
That's the best Gollum I've ever seen!
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  June 7, 2011
Extremely cool! I love the angle you gave to the stairs.
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  June 7, 2011
Great work. Looks painful to climb!
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  June 7, 2011
ARG! Max that heavy orc is so awesome! And the whole this is just too cool! Great job!
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  June 7, 2011
The techniques used on Gollum are brilliant! I never thought about using a monkey for it! Perfectly detailed stairs!
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  June 7, 2011
Darn, the scene I was going to do. I'm glad though, If I'd done mine and then seen this you would have beaten me for sure. This is a great build Max, really well done ;) ~Thoy
  June 7, 2011
Amazing!!! I love the heavy battle orc.
  June 7, 2011
There's a clear piece on the stairs....
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  June 7, 2011
Wow thats fairly amazing but the monkeys body should be brown?
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  June 7, 2011
Where to start? You did it perfectly - the stairs are 5+, and Gollum is totaly creepy :S
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  June 7, 2011
i don,t want to do that to a monkey, but the urge to get a perfect Gollum may be too strong...
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  June 7, 2011
Very good. I like the rocky wall and the stairs integrated in it. The minifigs are excellent. Gollum looks as if he has gained some weight but I find it hard to build a fitting body for him and your idea is great.
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  June 7, 2011
Cool! I haven't seen this scene yet, but hopefully I'll watch the next LOTR movie soon! BTW Awesome Gollum!
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  June 7, 2011
Quoting Lwc guy Nice, I love the stairs! Is that a brown bit I see above the orcs on the first picture?
Actually, that is Sam's cloak. Sorry, you will have to look really hard. It is very hard to spot.
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  June 7, 2011
Nice, I love the stairs! Is that a brown bit I see above the orcs on the first picture?
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  June 7, 2011
Wow Max! This is totally awesome!
 
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