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Tower of Orthanc at Isengard
Tower of Orthanc at Isengard from Lord of the Rings
About this creation
The tower of Orthanc at Isengard.
This is my first Lego creation in years. For some bizarre reason after seeing Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, I wanted to pull out my dusty Legos and build the tower. The available Legos were insufficient and badly worn so for the first time in years I purchased new ones. Most of the Legos come from basic bucket sets and one Darth Maul set that I purchased, built, disassembled, and used for the tower. The tower is 56 inches high (4.6 feet). It is loosely based on the design that Alan Lee developed for the films from a cover painting that he did for an reprint edition of The Two Towers, the middle book in Tolkein's Middle Earth trilogy. Alan Lee is my favorite Middle Earth artist. He really gave many of the film sets a solid, historical and architectural basis.

I also considered building Helm's Deep but there are more of those than even Orthanc. I started on a true minifig scale version of Orthanc but with a base almost two feet across and a projected height of over 10 feet, I suspended the project since when I remembered that it would take eight times as many Legos (which I did not have).


Permanent display location in my SF and Fantasy library which includes several editions of the LoTR books.



The tower is constructed on a standard green baseplate. Snape, er, I mean Wormtongue, is keeping an eye on things.



The Orcs have already cut down the nearby trees and replaced them with Classico paving stones.



How did I end up here? Last I remember I was in Hogwarts yelling at Snape! (I do not have a Gandalf minifig so I had to make do)



Another glorious day in middle Earth.

Please note that this was my first MOC since 1979 so go easy on me!



Comments

 I made it 
  March 22, 2012
I finally destroyed this MOC in March 2012. I have replaced it with a more detailed 8 foot high version.
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  June 5, 2011
To have been that long even then its still a jaw-dropper!
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  February 11, 2011
amazing!
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  January 29, 2011
Incredible
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  November 14, 2010
EPIC! great job, i love LotR, and this build is awesome! the tower looks great!
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  August 20, 2010
Go easy on you!? This is amazing!
 I like it 
  May 27, 2010
Awesome!
  May 20, 2010
Lovely! I think this is a nice build.
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  November 18, 2009
this is just amazing man, how many bricks you spend on this ??
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  November 11, 2009
EPIC!!!!!
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  September 11, 2009
Great!
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  March 31, 2009
Really cool! You should try building the tower in Mordor with the eye of Saromon!
Jim Garrett
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Mats Tveraaen
  March 30, 2009
awsome the best lord of the rings moc ive ever seen
  March 30, 2009
OOOOHH!!! This is really good! I love it! Hey, you should try and make a Minas tirith! Or the woodland elf place that lady galadriel lives! Thos whould be sweet!
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  March 30, 2009
The evil tower and the nice background.
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  March 30, 2009
This is great! It's also one of my favorite Orthancs around... Now all we need is the rest of Isengard, maybe the Morannon and the Isenmouthe, and perhaps Minas Morgal. (Ithil, if you insist.) Amazing build!
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  March 30, 2009
nicely done. make a version 2 with the eye thing-y on the top. i think thats what it was. i havent seen that movie in forever.
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  March 30, 2009
WOW 10/10
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  March 30, 2009
amazing, just amazing
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  March 30, 2009
i love it!!!
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  March 30, 2009
Wow nice.
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  March 30, 2009
Zat I HUGE MAN!
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  March 30, 2009
wow.all i can say is wow.thats amazing!i love it!
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  March 30, 2009
That was one of my favorite parts of the books and movies, great build!
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  March 30, 2009
This is probably one of the most beautiful MoCs I've ever seen, all cathegories! So happy that you decided to come out of the LEGO closet (20 years is a long time!), it makes the world a better place. I especially like the four tips of the tower, very accurate! Thanks for sharing!
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  March 30, 2009
Man, this is sick! Wow! So good and well built that I just wanna close my eyes and dream away to the lord of the rings- movies!
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  March 30, 2009
OMG! that was all i could manage to say for a little while there.... sersly tho, great work!
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  March 30, 2009
i know this isnt what it is but it kind looks like that staff from zelda that brings stuff to life
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  March 30, 2009
Cool i like it!
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  March 30, 2009
Cool!
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  March 30, 2009
Of all the movies and the books, The Twin Towers has always had a special place inside of me. It's good to somebody who hadn't built for decades to not go right for the Star Wars! There still is hope! Good day
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  March 15, 2009
woah. this comment goes to all of your creations. AMMMAAAAAZING! lol
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  February 3, 2009
Whoooa ! ... how many Lego's did THAT take to make ?!? ... omg, that is seriously awesome ! ... and it looks great in that outdoor garden patio !
 I like it 
  April 30, 2007
Fantastic design and attention to detail. looks just like the one in the film. P.S. I couldn't help but notice the model defiant in the first picture. Dit you build that or is it something else?
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  February 26, 2007
wow. its very big and REALLY detailed. i havent seen that movie in a while.
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  February 5, 2005
Beutiful! I love the details.
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  September 11, 2004
Nice, very detailed, although the blue and red bits seem a bit odd, as does the purple-robed wizard at the top.
 
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