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The Argonath II: King of the Western Shore
Behold The Argonath, the Pillars of the Kings
About this creation
"Then he saw that they were indeed shaped and fashioned: the craft and power of old had wrought upon them, and they still preserved through the suns and rains of forgotten years the mighty likenesses in which they had been hewn." -JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.



You'd think that after building, rebuilding and occasionally breaking The King of the Eastern Shore that creating the companion figure would be easier. As it turns out, the left hand ws the only part of the original design that ported over directly. The left foot was similar, but not exact and the head had to be explicitly reworked from scratch as there's not a lot of detail there and they keep looking like twins with one of them wearing a fake beard.



I'm still not entirely happy with the beard. I've lost track of how many times I've torn off his head and rebuilt it, but I figure sooner or later you just need to step back and take in the whole thing rather than fixate on a dozen or so bricks. (But I reserve the right to rip his head off and try again later...)



Like its companion piece, the King of the Eastern Shore stands roughly two feet tall. I've totally lost track of the piece count at this point but despite being mostly hollow, it weighs more than Olie the Dragon but less than the Statue of LIberty so I'd guess it would break into several thousand parts were I to drop it.



The hilt and right hand proved particularly tricky. I had one prototype that I really liked, but them I realized that the hand was bigger than my own and if I'd kept going at that scale the statue would stand over eight feet tall, so I had to think smaller. In the end I had to sacrifice a lot of detail (and fill it with more SNOT than a kindergarten class in cold season) but I think it hit the essential forms.



I'd imagine that this must be what it would be like to sail past this monolith in the early morning with the rising sun gleaming on the hewn and polished stone.

Now that I've got this one done I think I'll be reworking the first one (again) to make them look a hair more like a set. Once that's done, I'll post some fresh photos of the two of them together to get the full effect. In the mean time, if you like what you see and would like TLG to produce Ultimate Collectors Series kits along these lines, please support my proposal over on Cuusoo. Thanks.





Comments

 I like it 
  May 12, 2013
This is a magnificent piece. The picture makes your creation look taller than two feet. The details are wonderful, like a sculpture of a heroic figure I would see in a museum.
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  May 19, 2012
2 feet tall? Wow. It's really detailed and looks like the one from the movie. Great!
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  May 12, 2012
Amazing!
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  May 10, 2012
WOW, looks amazing! Really epic! 5/5
  May 9, 2012
Looks great, dude. - Huss Q.
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  May 9, 2012
Awesome!! when you put them together make a little boat with the hobbits in it in the river
Steve M
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Chris Melby
  May 8, 2012
Spectacular! I think it ahas all the detail it needs, it definitely delivers!
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  May 8, 2012
Just as good as the last one!
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  May 8, 2012
Majestic!
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  May 8, 2012
Massive...already really good I think :)
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  May 8, 2012
Very cool :D
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  May 8, 2012
Quoting Scott Allen I cant even begin to tell you that pieces like these, be it in movies, books, or real life, have always made my heart pause and my jaw drop. These guys are up near the top on my favs list. Just incredible. Amazing build. I look forward to seeing the twin lords together. Your pic of "how it must look in the morning" is so great, but the shot needs to be much lower maybe? It looks to small in comparison to these skyscraper sized statues. (Not sure its possible). Very impressed. ~cheers
Thanks. I was just trying to get some shots before a cat landed in the middle of it and ripped his head off (again). The 'early morning' shot was limited by the size of the camera and the edge of the table, but my wife, the real photographer in the family, suggested we might be able to get an even better low angle shot if we lay a mirror on the table and photograph the reflection with her macro lens. If it works, I'll replace the shot.
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  May 8, 2012
That scene is right at the top of the epic list, and you've captured it perfectly. Well built!
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  May 8, 2012
Awesome... and that beard is wonderful! He has a bit of an old Babylonian look about him too! :)
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  May 8, 2012
That is a huge statue, the face on view is really imposing and nicely captures the pose.
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  May 8, 2012
Epic..! Awesome..!
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  May 8, 2012
Spectacular!
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  May 8, 2012
I cant even begin to tell you that pieces like these, be it in movies, books, or real life, have always made my heart pause and my jaw drop. These guys are up near the top on my favs list. Just incredible. Amazing build. I look forward to seeing the twin lords together. Your pic of "how it must look in the morning" is so great, but the shot needs to be much lower maybe? It looks to small in comparison to these skyscraper sized statues. (Not sure its possible). Very impressed. ~cheers
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  May 8, 2012
Incredible work! Looks just like the statue from the movie. Great shapping of the head.
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  May 8, 2012
Wow, amazing work! I never would have expected somebody to make this out of Lego, but I'm glad they did! Well done!
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  May 8, 2012
This thing rocks. The hands are perfect, and the head is really spot on. Great work. Attack!
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  May 8, 2012
Epic! This time the body is perfect! Excellent :D
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  May 8, 2012
Wow a fantastic creation here! In one word..Stunning!
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  May 8, 2012
Wow, majestic!
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  May 8, 2012
excellent work, you could imagine sailing past this speechless.
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  May 8, 2012
pretty awesome!
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  May 8, 2012
Brilliant work. If you put some blue sky in the background of the last shot it would be even more impressive I guess.
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  May 8, 2012
Thats pretty sweet :)
 
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