The Castle of the Mattis robbers is split in two and the other half is overtaken by the rivaling Borka Forestmen.
About this creation
This MOC is based on the book "Ronja Rövardotter" (Eng: Ronia Robbers' Daughter) written by Astrid Lindgren: The book and the movie that followed it in the early eighties have become one of the most beloved scandinavian literature for the 80s generation. It is held in extremely high regard, so i have to excuse myself if i meddle with this iconic story.
The the book and the movie came out in scandinavia at exactly the same time as danish LEGO launched their castle theme. I have a secret conspiracy theory that the Ronja craze in the early eighties sparked LEGOs idea to make a medieval theme.
The movie isnt very much known outside scandinavia, with the exception of here in Minneapolis where their copy is played every christmas and is wildly popular. The reel is so worn that several scenes in the middle of the movie are destroyed.
At least it sparked my interest for the castle line. I have recently taken up my LEGO hobby again, purchasing some incomplete classic sets from ebay.
This MOC is made out of parts from 6073 & 6074, plus a couple of wolfpack sets and some forestmen from here and there. The base is made from Pick-a-brick pieces and used up pretty much every single piece of gray brick I own (and YES there is a mix between gray and bley, but many of the grays are faded and yellowed, so it would have looked like a big hodgepodge in any case.).
I have used the drawings in the book as main inspiration, especially on the lay-out of the castle itself.
Mattis and his band of robbers live in the Mattis castle, in which his tribe has lived for eons.
The night his firstborn daughter, Ronja, is born, a terrible lightning splits the castle in two down the middle. Beforelong, Mattis robbers discover that their arch-enemies, Borka and his forestmen has taken over the other half of the castle.
The Mattis robbers have control over the entrance and main fortifications. The Borka forestmen have the warm and cosy housing areas, but have no entrance gate.
Borka also has a son, Birk, which is the same age as Ronja.