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MELO Round 1: Riddles in the Dark
About this creation
There is no light, Wizard, that can defeat darkness.

For the Middle Earth LEGO Olympics category of "Dark" in Gollum's riddle, and as entry one for Mike Doyle's Dark contest, I built the scene from the Desolation of Smaug in which Gandalf confronts Sauron.



I took some creative liberty depicting the scene, but I think it turned out well.



As you can see in this photo, Gandalf's hair is actually tan. However, I desaturated it in the other photos, as all my grey hairpieces didn't seem to suit Gandalf very well.



One last shot.

Thanks for stopping by!



Comments

  April 6, 2014
Congratulations on making the book, Luke!
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  February 2, 2014
Welldone, beautifull! Some architecture-details attracts my eyes, special - nice!
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  January 24, 2014
Very artistic creation! embodies fully the atmosphere of that scene!
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  January 17, 2014
One word... Brilliant!
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  January 15, 2014
Such an amazing creation! I love the use of the olive colours and the tree is just awesome! Great job!
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  January 15, 2014
I just saw the movie so now I can appreciate this MOC even more! Your interpretation's pretty cool. I especially like the pillar with the minifig legs. I do think it would have been better if you had suspended the Eye of Sauron instead of having it on the ground, but it still works nevertheless.
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  January 15, 2014
Wow. That's great! The eye in the ground is very impressive. Gandalf's hair also looks great! I like the one Lego gives you but that looks just a tad better! The Olive branches are also great! You've got to be one of my favorite builders! PS - Congrats on making it to Round 2!
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  January 13, 2014
this is the best Lego hobbit build I have ever seen!!!!!
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  January 13, 2014
Such a very clever way to use minifig legs. Most impressive build!
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  January 12, 2014
oh my gosh! that is incredible!
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  January 11, 2014
very clever photography
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  January 9, 2014
Congratulations! As you're probably aware, you've made it to Round 2 of the Middle Earth Lego Olympics: http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=23408&topicid=93644
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  January 8, 2014
Wow awesome work! This build has the perfect eirie effect and I love the technique with the minifigure legs. Good luck in the competition!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Pieter Dennison That is one great build, love the texturing and detail you've put in to this creation, i'm positive you will get through with this under your belt :)
Thanks Pieter, here's hoping! ;)
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting A M Now that I've got a bit more time, I can leave a better comment. I really love the simplicity of the floor (except of course for the Eye, which is brilliantly done): it really gives a creepy yet clean feel to the build. Then you have the wonderful texturing on the pillar--epic use of legs--and the 1x2 olive plates, which look great with studs showing. The tree in the back, especially surrounded by that semicircle piece, looks awesome. Great job, and good luck (not that you'll be needing it)!
Cheers AM, always nice to read a lengthier comment. Best of luck to you too!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful, highly atmospheric build. Love the use of fig legs for texture on the pillars.
Thanks Nick, great to hear from the MO winner. ;)
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting J D I agree with the guy below me!
Haha, thanks JD!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja Nice! Great Idea to with using the pants for the pillars!
Cheers Andrew!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 beautiful! great details and color scheme, I like what you did with the eye and hair, hopefully lego will release them that color one day, it rocks!
Thanks Cyberfrank, it would definitely be awesome if LEGO released more grey hair!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Professor B. Great eye!
Haha, that sounds like a pirate compliment. ;)
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Love the olive green mixed in with the rockwork! It definitely adds to the eerie feel! Excellent work!
Thanks David, this build reminds me of my Paths of the Dead entry from last year, except with olive rather than glow in the dark. Glad the eerie feel is apparent!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Well, nothing short of fantastic. Well done Luke!
Cheers Alex!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Toa Infernum Been waiting to see your entry. ;). Nice work! Love the eye and olive! Great textures with the legs. :)
Haha, thanks dude!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome! I love the eye it looks truly evil. I love the use of legs on the columns that's a cool technique . Brilliant entry!
Thanks Clayton, appreciate it!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Finn tegotash Lovely build! I like the dark tentacles, the dark grey/olive green colors, the tree... This is just awesome!
Haha, cheers Finn!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- The colour scheme works very well all over and I love the use of legs on that support tower beneath Gandalf. --Blast--
Thanks Blast, though I fear I was a tad heavy-handed on the olive...
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Garry King Fantastic Luke. liking all the detailing all over.
Cheers Garry, always great hearing from you.
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas I finally got to see the film yesterday, the limited colour palette and clever use of texture help to capture the feel of that scene really nicely. I especially like the pillar that is supporting Gandalf, at least he won't be left without a leg to stand on!
Awesome, I myself only saw it last week. Hope you enjoyed! Thanks Stuart, love the pun. ;)
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Brilliant work, Luke! I really like the detailing and texturing as well as the idea. The eye has got to be my favorite bit, though! Once again, great work!
Cheers Mark!
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting Lindel Baskin Excellent job capturing the feel of this scene. It definitely conveys a sense of Darkness. The architecture here is truly stunning. I like the use of various minifig legs. The olive green mixed into the dark bley is a very nice touch. The Eye is fantastic, although the fact that it's lying below Gandalf on the ground makes it seem less threatening to me. The rockwork is excellent, and blends into the architecture very well. Great work, and good luck with the judges!
Thanks Lindel! Good point about the eye, I wasn't quite sure how to elevate it well so I stuck with the ground. If I'd had another day I might've tried something though.
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  January 7, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Compositionally brilliant! I love the feel you've created here with the texture and architecture (nice one with the legs.) The eye looks appropriately menacing. The tree and moss are a great touch for balance. Impressive!
Thanks Matt, glad you like the composition!
  January 6, 2014
That is one great build, love the texturing and detail you've put in to this creation, i'm positive you will get through with this under your belt :)
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  January 6, 2014
Now that I've got a bit more time, I can leave a better comment. I really love the simplicity of the floor (except of course for the Eye, which is brilliantly done): it really gives a creepy yet clean feel to the build. Then you have the wonderful texturing on the pillar--epic use of legs--and the 1x2 olive plates, which look great with studs showing. The tree in the back, especially surrounded by that semicircle piece, looks awesome. Great job, and good luck (not that you'll be needing it)!
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  January 6, 2014
Beautiful, highly atmospheric build. Love the use of fig legs for texture on the pillars.
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  January 6, 2014
I agree with the guy below me!
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  January 6, 2014
Nice! Great Idea to with using the pants for the pillars!
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  January 6, 2014
beautiful! great details and color scheme, I like what you did with the eye and hair, hopefully lego will release them that color one day, it rocks!
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  January 6, 2014
Great eye!
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  January 6, 2014
Love the olive green mixed in with the rockwork! It definitely adds to the eerie feel! Excellent work!
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  January 6, 2014
Well, nothing short of fantastic. Well done Luke!
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  January 6, 2014
Been waiting to see your entry. ;). Nice work! Love the eye and olive! Great textures with the legs. :)
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  January 6, 2014
Looks great! All the amazing texture and details!
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  January 6, 2014
Awesome! I love the eye it looks truly evil. I love the use of legs on the columns that's a cool technique . Brilliant entry!
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  January 6, 2014
Lovely build! I like the dark tentacles, the dark grey/olive green colors, the tree... This is just awesome!
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  January 6, 2014
The colour scheme works very well all over and I love the use of legs on that support tower beneath Gandalf. --Blast--
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  January 6, 2014
Fantastic Luke. liking all the detailing all over.
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  January 6, 2014
I finally got to see the film yesterday, the limited colour palette and clever use of texture help to capture the feel of that scene really nicely. I especially like the pillar that is supporting Gandalf, at least he won't be left without a leg to stand on!
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  January 6, 2014
Brilliant work, Luke! I really like the detailing and texturing as well as the idea. The eye has got to be my favorite bit, though! Once again, great work!
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  January 5, 2014
Excellent job capturing the feel of this scene. It definitely conveys a sense of Darkness. The architecture here is truly stunning. I like the use of various minifig legs. The olive green mixed into the dark bley is a very nice touch. The Eye is fantastic, although the fact that it's lying below Gandalf on the ground makes it seem less threatening to me. The rockwork is excellent, and blends into the architecture very well. Great work, and good luck with the judges!
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  January 5, 2014
Compositionally brilliant! I love the feel you've created here with the texture and architecture (nice one with the legs.) The eye looks appropriately menacing. The tree and moss are a great touch for balance. Impressive!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Very experimental leg textures...
Yeah, thought I'd try something new. In retrospect, I should've included an olive hip joint, but the green paint splatters work nicely enough as moss.
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting A M Incredible work, Luke!
Thanks A M!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Jared . Brilliant!
Cheers!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Lee Muzzy I LOVE ALL THE OLIVE!!! but seriously great moc!
Haha, thanks Lee. I shipped the olive in from some mines you and Paul run. ;)
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe I need olive green 1 x 2 plates now...anyways, fantastic build! Architecture is stupendous, and the parts usage of the legs, looks great. The scenery in the rest of the build is also very well done.
And 1x1 plates. ;) Thanks Stephen!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting David . Oh, and did you try the classic Dumbledore piece for Gandalf? :P
I did, but I didn't like how it forced the cape down.
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting David . You and Finn. I'll finish my entry but it'll basically be yors and his. :P Nice one, the details everywhere are stunning. It's nice to see you do something less complicated, as well. ;)
Haha, nothing wrong with multiple Saurons... Unless you're Gandalf. ;) Thanks David!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Michael K. NPU on the legs! I liked this scene!
Thanks Michael, glad you noticed!
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  January 5, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Wow, that is incredible! Great work!
Thanks Graham!
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  January 5, 2014
Very experimental leg textures...
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  January 5, 2014
Incredible work, Luke!
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  January 5, 2014
Brilliant!
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  January 5, 2014
I LOVE ALL THE OLIVE!!! but seriously great moc!
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  January 5, 2014
I need olive green 1 x 2 plates now...anyways, fantastic build! Architecture is stupendous, and the parts usage of the legs, looks great. The scenery in the rest of the build is also very well done.
  January 5, 2014
Oh, and did you try the classic Dumbledore piece for Gandalf? :P
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  January 5, 2014
You and Finn. I'll finish my entry but it'll basically be yors and his. :P Nice one, the details everywhere are stunning. It's nice to see you do something less complicated, as well. ;)
  January 5, 2014
NPU on the legs! I liked this scene!
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  January 5, 2014
Wow, that is incredible! Great work!
 
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