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Nuum eng Finten Morsei - the Mountain of Infinite Fortune
About this creation
I had originally intended to enter this in The Timinater's Flexible Minifig Contest - the rules are you must build a vig with an 8 stud x 8 stud base and all minifigs in the MOC have to be flexible figs - but I only got one entry for round two.

You're high up on a cold mountain pass. You've been wandering for days trying to reach the other side of the mountains but there seams to be no way over or through them - just a narrow winding trail that zig-zags and spirals around the peaks. Suddenly, you hear music as of many voices singing, far off yet clear. As you quicken your pace, the singing grows louder until you round a sharp corner and almost miss it : hidden in the side of the mountain right at the bend is a small grassy alcove.

Two flags, red and black, whip in the wind atop a small crag and a short door opens to what seems impenetrable darkness to your right. The singing is definitely coming from the cave, you decide, and you're starving and desperate to get out of the cold so you light a torch and head inside.

As soon as you enter the cave a staircase begins, spiraling down through the earth. Roots and jagged stones protrude from the walls and low ceilings above you as you head deeper into the tunnel. Suddenly you see a light up ahead and you come to another low door yet this one opens onto a tall chasm that spans hundreds of yards left right and forward and dozens of yards upwards.

Many gems and jewels stud the walls and veins of ore both dull and shiny flow through the stone around you. The chasm is lit by a single torch blazing in a silver sconce yet more light seems to be coming from a Dwarf above you.

He's standing on a narrow ledge in the wall yet he's leaning far backwards without falling. How does he have the balance? A torch of some sort belches fire from the Dwarf's hand and in his other is a small pick.

The torch seems to be fed by hoses that come from the pack on his back. The Dwarf sings as he mines.

The song seems to be coming from the chasm below you as well, so you slide down a convenient rope.

As you slide down the rope you pass another low door and realize you should have just taken the ladder - you're getting rope burn! The stone around you begins to change as well from a lighter gray to a darker, harder stone.

You reach the bottom of the rope and drop the last few feet to the floor of the cave. Realizing you're in another tall chasm, you look back up at where you came from. The ceiling is covered in stalactites except for the hole you descended through. Through it you can see more than fifty feet up to the top of the previous chasm and you realize how deep underground you truly are. The Dwarves pay you no mind and continue singing and mining as you gaze in wonder at the amount and variety of gems, jewels, and ore all around you.

Each Dwarf seems to have a task of his own. The one above you balances on a narrow ledge like the one from the first cavern as he uses a magnifying glass and a specialized pick to extract a large canary diamond from the wall.

The Dwarf in front of you, however, seems to have a different approach entirely to mining as he swings a large pickaxe at a spot in the wall. With each swing, a ruby falls to the floor which he picks up and drops in the barrel to your right.

You hear more singing below you in the next cave so you head down the ladder to your left this time. You step down into a small room packed with gems and jewels. The Dwarf in front of you jumps up and down and waves his pick as he sings and stares in joy at the huge crystal in his hand.

"Eng durbrin tarl du winh
Ost versid wall mikh bey
Eng durbrin tarl du belden okh Nuum eng Finten Morsei!"



Comments

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  March 13, 2013
Nice build here!
  February 27, 2013
I save most of the creations I'm satisfied with. It's rewarding being able to admire them on my shelves :)
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  February 26, 2013
Quoting Dave Benson Great story! Lots of little details in a very tight creation, well done :) If you want a long story go visit my Fighters Wall diorama :D
Thanks! I had a lot of fun building this and it's one of the few things still in one piece.
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  February 26, 2013
Great story! Lots of little details in a very tight creation, well done :) If you want a long story go visit my Fighters Wall diorama :D
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  January 15, 2013
That's true but you could put in the Dwarf group we are doing. It's private so only members of the group could see it. I completely understand about the plagarism though and I don't want you to feel like I'm trying to be a jerk and steal your work. I just would have liked to use it in Quest for a Beard. But I wouldn't want you to risk anything on my account.
 I made it 
  January 15, 2013
Quoting Beardless Dwarf Cool! I would love it if you could let me see your language because as far as I know Tolkien never published an official Dwarvish language. Anyway, it was just a thought.
I might post a bit of it but I'm kind of wary putting too much on the internet for fear of plagiarism. Not that any of you guys would do that but you can never be too careful in this day and age. And besides; the Dwarves hide their secrets well lol.
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  January 14, 2013
Cool! I would love it if you could let me see your language because as far as I know Tolkien never published an official Dwarvish language. Anyway, it was just a thought.
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  January 14, 2013
Quoting Sam . Awesome JOB> Can you put a link to your stories if you have one? I would LOVE to read them!
Thanks! All I have on paper are notes collected over the past fifteen years, maps, and character bios; everything else is dedicated to memory but I have mild O.C.D. so I kind of obsess over details so I never forget anything. Thank you for your interest, though; it makes me glad to know my stories would be so well appreciated :)
 I like it 
  January 14, 2013
Awesome JOB> Can you put a link to your stories if you have one? I would LOVE to read them!
 I made it 
  January 14, 2013
Quoting Beardless Dwarf Nice work! Did you invent that Dwarvish language or did you use Tolkien's language? If you used Tolkien's where did you find it? I liked the Dwarf with the flamethrower... Awesome!
Thanks a lot! I made up the language - it's from a series of stories I want to make into films one day. I'll admit I don't have it all worked out yet, but I took French in high school so I have the basic structure of Orius Dwarvish figured out.
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  January 13, 2013
Nice work! Did you invent that Dwarvish language or did you use Tolkien's language? If you used Tolkien's where did you find it? I liked the Dwarf with the flamethrower... Awesome!
 I made it 
  January 1, 2013
Quoting SuperSpy X Very nice! It would've been nice to see an overview pic of the whole thing. Also, one guy had no flexibility and another guy didn't have flexible legs so that would've lost you points in the contest. Still pretty good, overall.
Yeah I took more liberties once I found out I had no more entries. Thanks!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2012
Very nice! It would've been nice to see an overview pic of the whole thing. Also, one guy had no flexibility and another guy didn't have flexible legs so that would've lost you points in the contest. Still pretty good, overall.
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  December 10, 2012
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Nice! I like how you made it tall! Nice description in story mode as well!
Thanks!
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  December 9, 2012
Nice! I like how you made it tall! Nice description in story mode as well!
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  December 7, 2012
Quoting David . Awesome! I like the dwarf dancing at his find of silver!
Thanks. That pose took a bit of balancing and he's supposed to be the culmination of the whole travel through the mine so I wanted it to be a jovial ending. Maybe he started the song? lol
 I like it 
  December 7, 2012
Awesome! I like the dwarf dancing at his find of silver!
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  November 30, 2012
wow, impressive. I like the roots and the detail
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  November 29, 2012
Quoting Michael Kringe Very nice vignette! I also like the description to it!
Thanks! I worked hard on it.
 I like it 
  November 29, 2012
Very nice vignette! I also like the description to it!
 
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