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Balin's Tomb
Whew. I am so glad this project is done and up! I had an idea to make this last month, and 20 dollars and 25+ hours of work later - all done! YEAH!
About this creation
While the Fellowship of the Ring traverses the rocky desolation of the Mines of Moria, they stumble across the tomb of Balin, lord of Moria. Gimli's grief over his family member, and the grief of the Fellowship of the battle-ground they have unearthed starts the downward spiral that eventually leads to Gandalf's fall in Khazad Dum. My version differs slightly from Peter Jackson's, though you will notice similaraties. First off: the size. The film's tomb is much smaller, but I thought that the grave of a dwarf lord situated between Dwarrowdelf and Khazad Dum would be a bit more spacious. Kind of like an underground Lincoln Memorial.

Second is the recent nature of the battle. In the film, cobwebs have formed and the bodies are decayed. But given the enormity of the space (I imagined when reading the books) and its place in Moria, and considering how close the Goblins are, I would think it would be a very recent battle indeed. But there are remains of several battles, and you will see dead bodies, bodies still burning, and skeletons as well.

Similarties include architecture, Balin's earthly possesions, and the Fellowship themselves. Please enjoy! Also, don't forget to check out two other worthy Fellowships by Paul Vermeesch and Max Pointner. I probably stole some ideas from you guys, so the links are to settle any hard feelings. Hey, great minds think alike!



Here is zoomed in on the left side of the Fellowship. Merry is the warrior, so he follows Legolas and Aragorn.


Boromir is the last to enter, shutting the door and trying to act stately.


Gimli kneels in from of Balin's Tomb, weeping.


Sam is being overprotective and follows Frodo, who has his ring out.


Gandalf gazes at a skeleton who holds a dusty book in his hands.


Balin's Tomb. The statue of the dwarf is on the top and the writing is on scotch tape in the actual dwarf runes. It reads: HERE LIES BALIN, SON OF HUNDIN. LORD OF MORIA.


Pippin is doing things he is not supposed to.


WOOPS!


"Fool of a Took! Next time throw yourself in and rid us of your stupidity!"


The left side of the diorama, with the torches still lit and the door leading to the next room.


The dead goblins lying in the crevasses next to the pillars.


This dwarf was shot and fell into the torch. He still burns.


The door and stairs on the left ledge.


The right side of the diorama.


The memorial to Balin's axe. My own personal touch. A dead goblin slouches dead over it. A spider investigates...


The right ledge with Balin's personal posessions. Along with a half-dead, bleeding goblin.


And now for the minifigures. Frodo Baggins of the Shire, still wearing his black cloak from Bree. Wielding 'Sting' and holding the Ring. I loved the movie's representation of him.


Samwise Gamgee. I pictured him as a little bit more overprotective and hyper-cautious. Hence the suspicious face.


Meriadoc Brandybuck. When reading the books, I did not notice the pronoun 'he' and assumed Merry was a girl with long red hair. So when it clicked he was a boy, the red hair remained. He is weilding a bronze sword [human daggar] given to him by Aragorn. He is the warrior of the hobbits.


Peregrin Took. I loved the movie's Pippin. So you see the dimpled smile, scarf, and scraggly grayish-brown hair.


Boromir of Gondor. Growing up in a palace, he would have learned more skills than just swordplay. So he is pictured with a bow, BrickForge Sovreign-Sword, and his horn on his chest. The White tree on the shield was painted on with a toothpick.


Gandalf the Gray (Mithranir). Possibly the most expensive part. I bought the Harry Potter magnet set with the sole intention of taking the hair and beard off. The staff is my favorite part with the light crystal on top.


Gimli, son of Gloin. Very self explanatory.


Legolas of the Woodland Realm. My favorite. The quiver was modified to fit on his legs, and the longbow is BrickForge. As are the green vambraces.


And finally, Aragron, son of Arathorn. He is just awesome!! He has a bow, and a knife in a sheath. A similar sheath is made of duct-tape on his right side for his sword.

Thank you for viewing! Please rate and comment!

Go Lord of the Rings!



Comments

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  July 25, 2012
Very impressive!
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  May 29, 2012
Amazing MOC you should check out mine. :)
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  February 22, 2012
SPEECHLESS.....WOW!!!!!
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  February 8, 2012
Okay, you've inspired me! All of a sudden I want to build a segment of Balin's Tomb before Lego comes out with official LOTR sets. We'll see!
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  August 19, 2011
nice detail and great minifigs
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  May 31, 2011
WOW!!!! I love the way you used yoda's head to make the goblin! Although, Borimier's(not sure i spelt that right) shield could have been a bit smaller. Aragorn's definetly my favorite. never thougt of using duct tape too. overall, 13/10 Great Job!!!!!
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  May 13, 2011
This is so incredibly detailed! Your hard work has shown through! Great scene!
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  April 22, 2011
i love this creation. but those are actually 8th century anglo-saxon runes. but you could use them as dwarf. Overall 11 out of 10
  April 19, 2011
AMAZING!!!! Wonderful craftsmanship, and some of the best LOTR stuff I have seen in a while. Although I must say, What you could have done for Boramir's shield is to get the Battle Shield off of Brickforge. It is also rounded, and is much smaller.
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  April 15, 2011
EPICNESS!!!!! You did an AMAZING job on this!!!!! Keep it up. =)
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  April 4, 2011
i like your creativity and self explanitory i have only ONE question which why Legolas has his quiver to the side of his leg where all elves have it over their shoulder this my question. otherwise i loved it great use of the handy Brickforge weaponry
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  March 25, 2011
Cool, I like it. The only thing I would suggest is to add more detail the floor and steps. Oh, and I love that 'memorial to the ax' thing, it's hilarious! =D
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  March 24, 2011
Quoting Aidan Flynn This is really nice, I just have to say that Boromir's shield is way too big for him, maybe try the collectible Mini-fig spartan shield?
I would have LOVED to use that sheild - peice limitations. I own none of the 2nd or 1st Series Minifigs and was not able to get my hands on a set. I agree the spartan shield with some touch-up jobs would have been perfect. However, also note that the Romans, Egyptians, and Hellenistic and Macedonian Greek soldiers sometimes had toe-to-shoulder sheids used by heavy infantry for turtle formations and seiges. So although the sheild may be a bit big for a travelling prince, it is at least historically not 'out-of-place'. Thanks for your comment!
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  March 24, 2011
This is really nice, I just have to say that Boromir's shield is way too big for him, maybe try the collectible Mini-fig spartan shield?
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  March 22, 2011
perfect! except for boromir- i just don't like him.
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  March 15, 2011
I really like the design. Nice touches with the dwarven runes and pippins scarf. The only thing i would say is that boromirs shield seems a bit to big but other than that amazing build.
Christopher Baldacci
Mark Eckerson
  March 14, 2011
Ha ha that is perfect! I love this part in the movie.
Christopher Baldacci
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Soap MacTavish
  March 14, 2011
Wow! You made the minifigures Amazing! Great work!
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Holy Mojave! This is huge! I absolutely love the layout of the diorama and all the little details really shine through! I never thought of Yoda as an orc though. Hmmm... The statue of Balin is fabulous, and the entire Fellowship you can tell has been carefully thought out and executed wonderfully. (Thanks for the credit by the way.) Again, such a nice job on this! Keep it up!
Ugly, pointy eared, short and green. Yoda and a goblin: very similar. Thanks for the comment!
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  March 14, 2011
Holy Mojave! This is huge! I absolutely love the layout of the diorama and all the little details really shine through! I never thought of Yoda as an orc though. Hmmm... The statue of Balin is fabulous, and the entire Fellowship you can tell has been carefully thought out and executed wonderfully. (Thanks for the credit by the way.) Again, such a nice job on this! Keep it up!
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  March 14, 2011
Cool!! very origanal!
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  March 14, 2011
nice job. this is really the best moc you hove done so far!!!!!5/5
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  March 14, 2011
Every time I think of a LOTR MOC, someone sneaks one in and tops it before I even start collecting the bricks....
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  March 14, 2011
Epic would be the right description for this. The fellowship is one of the best out there.
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  March 14, 2011
Excellent rendition! I really like your building style.
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Michael Kringe Your words are very logical, although I think, that the battle Ori (the guy with the book) died in, was one of the last. Though I like your idea, that some dwarves survived and still stayed in some places in Moria and occasionally started attacks. Ps: the pillars are excellent and everything is perfectly detailed! By the way.... Have you ever thought about making Hobbit-MOCs (untill the movie changes our imagination... XD)?
Yes. I am actually planning on working on something from the Hobbit! Though I wasn't sure how it would go over. Thanks for the encouragement and I will hope to get that Hobbit creation built and up straightaway!
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Max Pointner Oh, sorry. The glare in one of the pictures made his cape look white. Was the cape duct tape?
Yes. As is his shoulder bag.
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  March 14, 2011
Your words are very logical, although I think, that the battle Ori (the guy with the book) died in, was one of the last. Though I like your idea, that some dwarves survived and still stayed in some places in Moria and occasionally started attacks. Ps: the pillars are excellent and everything is perfectly detailed! By the way.... Have you ever thought about making Hobbit-MOCs (untill the movie changes our imagination... XD)?
  March 14, 2011
Oh, sorry. The glare in one of the pictures made his cape look white. Was the cape duct tape?
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  March 14, 2011
Wow! Incredible! Nice work Christopher! And congratulations on making it to the HOMEPAGE with your fourth creation (in addition to your second earlier)!!!!!
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Max Pointner This is great! You have a ton of gray! I really like the figs, but Gandalf isn't gray enough. The horn on Boromir is great! I was trying to figure something out like that. Good job, and thanks for the link.
What do you mean by 'not gray enough'? Just curious...
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  March 14, 2011
This is great! You have a ton of gray! I really like the figs, but Gandalf isn't gray enough. The horn on Boromir is great! I was trying to figure something out like that. Good job, and thanks for the link.
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  March 14, 2011
Quoting Michael Kringe Great minifigs! I love that the dead bodies aren't skeletons like in the movies (Your version is more realistic!) But why is the dwarf still burning? The battle is already some years ago(Balin already died in 2994)
But I do imagine that several other battles had taken place over the tomb after the death of Balin. One quite recent in relation to the Fellowship's arrival. Recent enough that a dwarf who was shot into a torch would still be burning. That would also explain why the goblins were so close once Pippin alerted them. Thanks for the comment!
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  March 14, 2011
Great minifigs! I love that the dead bodies aren't skeletons like in the movies (Your version is more realistic!) But why is the dwarf still burning? The battle is already some years ago(Balin already died in 2994)
 
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