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The Pillars of the Kings
"Upon great pedestals founded in the deep waters stood two great kings of stone: still with blurred eyes and crannied brows they frowned upon the North. The left hand of each was raised palm outwards in gesture of warning; in each right hand there was an axe; upon each head there was a crumbling helm and crown." - JRR Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring
About this creation
Although the Argonath only appears on screen for a few seconds in the movie, I remember how it captured my imagination when I first read the book so many years ago. So when I decided to tackle a big LEGO sculpture it was a natural first choice.




I've previously posed earlier revisions of the statues here as my work in progress continued, But now I finally have the pair modeled to my satisfaction, complete with mini-figures (only had to wait 40 years for TLG to make those for me...)




The statues aren't really to the scale depicted in the movie (they're about half that by min-figure standards) but they're big enough to get the idea across that these things are artifacts of Numenor.




The boats are brick built because the shape of the rowboats I have (from an old Hogwarts set) just didn't seem right.




The members of the Fellowship come from the official LoTR sets.




Someday TLG needs to make a "short" mini-figure that can actually sit down, Aragorn can't see to steer because the hobbits are standing in the boats!




The statutes themselves stand about two feet (~61 cm) tall. I have the official Statue of Liberty model and they look pretty good in that company.




I don't have an accurate piece count but I'd guess we're talking about 3000-4000 EACH. There are a lot of tiny parts making up a rather large finished product.




A lot of SNOT design tricks went into getting the hand and sword hilt to look good at this scale. I hope you agree it was worth it.





The outstretched hand was actually the part that defined the scale of the whole model. Once I was happy with the way that looked, I just sort of built things out from there.





This Eastern Shore figurine was born of rather tragic origins. Those of you who follow my work know I had an early draft of this guy some time ago (and he can still be seen on my MOC pages, but sadly he only exists in photos now...)




If you compare this one with the earlier draft, you'll notice the quarried hillside is different, the axe is different and there was more use of darker bricks in the early one. Although they, otherwise, look very similar, this guy is almost a complete rebuild. After taking the original down from the shelf to photographic it, I tripped over my cat and dropped it. It shattered like safety glass hit with a sledge hammer. I think I was able to reuse his left hand and parts of his helmet but other than that it was a complete loss and I had to start all over. Oh well, I like this new one better anyway...





AND HERE'S PANDERING FOR SUPPORT PART...



If you've enjoyed this sculpture and want The LEGO Group to consider producing things like a Lord of the RIngs Ultimate Collector Series or an Architecture series in addition to their current play set line, please drop by my CUUSOO account and check out my suggestions



Thanks for visiting. As always, comments and questions are more than welcome.







Comments

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  June 23, 2014
wow!
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  October 11, 2013
amazing
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  November 14, 2012
Quoting Tim C Hello again. I keep coming back to get another look at this brilliance. I can't get over the skill that went into sculpting all the intricacies of this build. I would like to feature on the Pick of the Week on my page sometime in the future. Would you mind if I did that?
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like them and I'd be honored to have them join the fine company of your Picks of the Week.
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  November 14, 2012
Hello again. I keep coming back to get another look at this brilliance. I can't get over the skill that went into sculpting all the intricacies of this build. I would like to feature on the Pick of the Week on my page sometime in the future. Would you mind if I did that?
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  October 14, 2012
An excellent interpretation of the real thing!
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  October 8, 2012
Brilliant creation!
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  September 16, 2012
Excelent work mate! Congrats!
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  September 9, 2012
Very impressive and detailed. Awesome MOC!!
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  September 7, 2012
Very nice build the attention to detail is incredible ~Legionnaire~
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  September 6, 2012
Impressive! Your sculpting skills are nicely balanced between studs up and SNOT work. I would have loved to see more studless work on the right kings crown, but hey; I'm nitpicking! Good thinking on the elf boats as well.
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  September 5, 2012
"Dislikes shall not pass!" Puns aside, nice building!
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  September 5, 2012
Excellent.
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  September 4, 2012
Simply brilliant!
Steve M
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White Knight
  September 3, 2012
Utterly Incredible Statues, such a dwarfing scene for the Hobits !!>>.....well done
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  September 3, 2012
really amazing, thanks for sharing!!! awesome details
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  September 3, 2012
Well done!
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  September 3, 2012
Simply amazing.
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  September 1, 2012
Really something of incredible!
  August 31, 2012
That,s super cool!!! Iv never seen any thing like it!!!!!
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  August 31, 2012
Wow! Excellent! Congratulations!
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  August 30, 2012
Viewing these actually gave me goosebumps. Your build is an excellent rendition in appropriate colossal scale. Loved the toes and the little boats with the LOTR minifigs. Great work.
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  August 29, 2012
Amazing! I tried to build the Argonath but I've never succeeded ! I like it!
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  August 29, 2012
Awesome build. They would be expensive but would make a great set for hardcore fans. The design of the boats is great too!
Steve M
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JK MANN
  August 28, 2012
This is realy awesome, dude!
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  August 28, 2012
These are awesome the only thing that could be changed is put giant blue base plates on the bottom, When taking pictures. Also I like how movie accurate they are but I'd rather see book accurate, please take as a challenge of your imagination, I want to see what you can do. Sorry you fell, but Hooray for cats.
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  August 28, 2012
That's some fine sculpting right there!
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  August 28, 2012
Amazing build! It's incredible how realistic they look. Great job!
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  August 28, 2012
Wow, amazing! Real eye-catcher!
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  August 28, 2012
A. Maze. Ing.
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  August 28, 2012
Good stuff!
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  August 28, 2012
Excellent SNOT-ing! I know I can't ever be bothered to do huge epic projects like this...
Steve M
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Chris Melby
  August 27, 2012
Absolutely EPIC scale!
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  August 27, 2012
Quoting Thomas That's epic, great job! Can you remember that in book they both had axe?
Of course in the book it was of Isildur and Anarion, not Anarion and Elendil.
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  August 27, 2012
Cool! That's just right. They look awesome. They look a lot like the stone they represent. The faces look just right, too.
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  August 27, 2012
Whoah! These are excellent. I especially love the sculpted weapons and the feet.
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  August 27, 2012
Absolutely amazing!
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  August 27, 2012
Extraordinary work!!
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  August 27, 2012
Absolutely sensational, well done, a real work of art!
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  August 27, 2012
Wow, brilliant build! The weapons with the hands were done astonishingly well! Nice job adding the fellowship in boats! Are you going to make a river terrain for the two pillars and the fellowship... I guess, turn this into a giant diorama?
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  August 27, 2012
awesome job you did in every detail!
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  August 27, 2012
You have my mouth agape, sir. I am simply stunned by the scale and detail. You were able to capture the imposing presence that these statues had in the movie and the books. The SNOT work was definitely worth it. I think you would have had difficulty getting this effect without it.
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  August 27, 2012
Cool!
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  August 27, 2012
wow! great design, especially for their size!
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  August 27, 2012
Absolutely stunning, congratulations
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  August 27, 2012
Excellent depiction of one of the most breathtaking moments in the movie.
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  August 27, 2012
Two beautiful & impressive Lego sculptures.
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  August 27, 2012
Really nice job, the sculpting is superb.
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  August 27, 2012
Nice, right now im working on a minecraft version im only at about the knee, man ive gto some work to do.
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  August 27, 2012
That's epic, great job! Can you remember that in book they both had axe?
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  August 27, 2012
Majestic creation!
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  August 27, 2012
Gotta love it! The word is certainly overused, but this is most definitely epic! And you know, those little canoes are really clever. Great work!
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  August 27, 2012
the ccoolesst statues ever.Thanks for posting
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  August 27, 2012
Nice job!
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  August 27, 2012
excellent well done
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  August 27, 2012
Wish we could have had these for our LOTR layout at BrickWorld 2011! Woulda made a nice addition! ~ Chris.
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  August 27, 2012
Excellent work, the forms are great!~H
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  August 27, 2012
Excellently executed! Love how you used SNOT technique in the folds of the robe! I like the boats mich better than If you used a Lego made boat. Keep up the spectacular work! -Matthew-
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  August 27, 2012
Spectacular sculptures!! Keep it up!!
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  August 27, 2012
this is awesome!!!!
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  August 27, 2012
Fantastic! The simple fact that it's mini-fig scale is impressive in and of itself, but this creation goes far beyond the simple subject of "scale". The statue designs are superbly executed, as are the canoes! Well done sir!
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  August 27, 2012
Excellent work, very majestic figures. The sculpting is exceptional, and I also like the boats.
 
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