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Fall of the Witch King
An iconic moment from both book and screen recreated in Lego
About this creation
"No living man may hinder me."

"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."

-JRR Tolkien, The Return of the The King



They say that the true measure of a hero (or in this case heroine) is defined by the things/villians that they overcome. If this is the case, then the character of Eowyn is one of the great female heros of fantasy literature. The Witch King, lord of the Nazgul, was believed to be immortal, protected by a 1000 year old prophesy that claimed the Witch King would not fall by the hand of man. Despite this, Eowyn squared off against the black rider and his terrifying mount, and with the help of Merry the Hobbit, slew the beast and defeated the Witch King.



I loved it when Eowyn comes back with "no living man am I" putting Glorfindel's prophesy in a whole new light (and reminding me of the scene in Homer's Odyssey where Odysseus tells the cyclops his name is "no one")

Now, those of you who follow my LOTR work know that I'm not usually one to dwell on mini-figures, I'm also usually among the last to worry about political correctness; but upon collecting the first wave of official kits I was moved by the lack of _any_ female representation in TLG's LOTR offerings.

I was also a little disappointed with the official offerings for being a little too generic. Sure, if you watch the movie and see Helm's Deep, Mines of Moria or whatever and then look at the sets, they got a lot of the details right, but if you start with the set _without_ knowing that's Shelob or this is Weathertop, they just don't scream Lord of the Rings to me.

I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. I wanted to create a much more iconic scene that also highlighted one of the saga's heroines. This was the result; Eowyn (and Merry) in her showdown with the Lord of the Nazgul and his Fell beast.



The primary build is a fully posable Fell beast. The Nazgul's flying mount has a 16" wingspan, is over 18" long and has nasty taloned feet that can pick up one of the newly redesigned horses with relative ease. It has a mount for it's dark rider and chains for reigns.



The Witch King has a custom helmet that I made from thermo-polymer clay. At current his sword is borrowed from a Knight's Kingdom kit I had lying around, but I plan on replacing it with a big nasty flail once I come up with a design that I'm happy with.



The problem with getting him a flail is getting him a good dangly chain in the right scale. I like the chains I'm using as reigns but it makes ups the ante on selling the flail.



To complete the scene, I pad things out with three additional mini-figures and a horse:

Eowyn - in her disguise as Dernhelm of Rohan.

Merry - in Rohan armor

King Theoden - in full combat armor

Snowmane - Theoden's trusty, but ill-fated, mount



Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul aren't available in official sets (yet) and Merry had to borrow a torso and helmet from my Helm's Deep kit.

OKAY THIS IS THE PART WHERE I BLATANTLY PANDER FOR CUUSOO SUPPORT ;-)

If you think Eowyn and her dark adversary deserve to be immortalized in mini-figure (or if you just like the fell beast model, please support this proposal and don't forget to check out my other LOTR ideas.

As always comments and suggestions are more than welcome.






Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
Come at me bro! I am no bro!
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  September 3, 2012
Nicely done. The Witch King is amazing.
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  August 28, 2012
One of the best Nazgul I have seen on the pages. But maybe a landscape or something to add more background would've made this a lot better. Still, I love the figs and the creature. Great job!
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  August 27, 2012
I love this scene in the movie!!
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  August 23, 2012
Wow great fellbeast! Nice Witch King head!
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  July 31, 2012
Great MOC! Love the beast and the Witch King of Angmar! I would love to see this as an official set!
 I like it 
  June 30, 2012
Really nice! Your beast is made really well, customs are nice also!
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  June 21, 2012
Nice beast. You know, if you wanted to recreate the scene, a diorama would add a lot more atmosphere. Maybe a suggestion about the flail - use a normal length chain with bith ends connected to the handle, then add two mace heads on the chain, so you get a nice double flail. I think he has a triple flail, but that is just a little harder to do. Anyways, good job, going the right way, but you are not at the end quite yet.
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  June 21, 2012
One of the nicest Nazgul dragons I have seen! Great use of the sloped pieces for the neck and the witch king helmet is pretty cool. Great job! hope there is more to come
 I like it 
  June 21, 2012
The use of the sloped pieces on the neck is one of the best designs I've ever seen on a dragon type MOC. Great work!
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  June 21, 2012
Nice use of the new figs, great build
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  June 21, 2012
I support it fully
 
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