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MO Round 2! Eric Rathke vs Josh Walter
Before there were the two towers, there was only one!
About this creation
This is my entry for round two in this year's MOC Olympics vs Josh Walter!
The category this time around was
"Story Time: Build a series of events from a book or film in the form of a story tower - a 16x16 vignette or smaller with multiple levels, and a different scene from the story on each level. It's been a while since we've seen story towers, and those things can be very cool if done right."

I chose to do one of my favorite books, which later became a movie, The Fellowship of the Ring. I've been a huge fan of Tolkien's work, and was quite excited when I read what my category was. The Fellowship instantly popped into my head, and this is the result! I tried to capture as many of the major scenes from the movie and book as I could including; Bilbo's birthday party, Tom Bombadil and Old Man Willow, the Attack on weather top, Rivendell, the bridge of Khazard Dum, Lothlorien, and the death of Boromir. There were several others that I wanted to incorporate as well, but time and lack of pieces got the best of me. So with out further adieu, I present you with my story tower!









The first scene I wanted to capture was Bilbo's party, I felt like it introduced the characteristics of the ring (if you had no prior knowledge from the hobbit) as well as showed what the life of a hobbit was like, simple, go lucky, and relaxing. I did paint the hair piece on bilbo white to make him look more aged. but otherwise all the pieces are official





The next scene doesn't actually take place in the movie, which is displeasing to some of the older Tolkien fans. It is the moment when Tom Bombadil comes to rescue the hobbits that were engulfed in Old Man Willow. Tom didn't turn out quite like I would have desired, but he'll do. The bead is from Brick Forge.





The next scene is the Attack on Weather Top when Frodo is stabbed by a morgul blade which almost resulted in him turning into a wraith himself!





The one after that I struggled with a lot, I knew I couldn't skip Rivendell, but I didn't know exactly how to portray it. What I build was not explain in either the book or the movie, but I wanted to try and show the different races come to Rivendell for the Council of Elrond, in this case it was the dwarves.





This was the moment after the bridge broke in Khazard Dum after Gandalf shouts his ever so famous "You shall not pass!" the fire is suppose to be the whip that wraps around his ankle and brings him down to battle Durin's Bane.






This scene is where Galadriel is tempted to take the ring, or just moments before when Frodo is looking into the mirror as sees the scourge of the Shire.






This is the Death of Boromir and the taking of the Halflings.






And Finally the tower it it's entirety. I wanted the frame to stay simple to not be distracting. I also tried to include each member of the fellowship once without over crowding the whole thing.

Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  October 12, 2013
Beast!
 I like it 
  October 3, 2013
Excellent work! I like that you stuck with the books with Tom. Congrats!
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting Josh Walter Congrats man! Keep up the good work in Round 3 and beyond :)
Thank you! You were a very worthy opponent, and a great builder, that was made clear by most of the people and the judges as well. perhaps our paths will cross again in the future. MOC Olympics 2014? :)
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting Annie Corder This was an incredibly hard match up for me to judge. But I think your build was a bit more complex, the Rivendell section was what got my vote. Congrats and welcome to round 3!
Quoting Chris Phipson Wow Eric, like I told Josh this was a 51/49 split. My vote went with him. This could really go either way so good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
Quoting Ian Spacek Both story towers are well crafted, but in my opinion, yours takes the cake by a narrow margin. You've got my vote.
Thank you all for the time that you put into competition! And for the votes of course. :D see you in round 3!
  October 1, 2013
Congrats man! Keep up the good work in Round 3 and beyond :)
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
This was an incredibly hard match up for me to judge. But I think your build was a bit more complex, the Rivendell section was what got my vote. Congrats and welcome to round 3!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
Nice story tower! Great details and cleanness!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
Really nice job and well done for veering away from the film and using the book for your inspiration - my wife has never let it go that they didn't use Tom Bombadil! I Like the clean, open frame - it gives maximum exposure to each scene which, in turn, are all well done. Good luck with your final judge!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
Both story towers are well crafted, but in my opinion, yours takes the cake by a narrow margin. You've got my vote.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Wow Eric, like I told Josh this was a 51/49 split. My vote went with him. This could really go either way so good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Wow! Fabulous work man! Fascinating work on each of the levels, great entry!
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Outstanding! Amazing job!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Josh Walter Great job! LoTR is also one of my favorite books too. You hit pretty much all the highlights I can think of; the hight of the tower is impressive and the building techniques in the scenes are top notch.
Thank you! there were quite a few more that I wanted to do, but I barely got this up in time.
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Extra points for keeping the tower up with 1x1 bricks! XD
Trust me, it's quite wobbly. Moving it is quite difficult.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Great job! I love those scenes! Like a series of tiny viggs... good luck!
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Great job! LoTR is also one of my favorite books too. You hit pretty much all the highlights I can think of; the hight of the tower is impressive and the building techniques in the scenes are top notch.
  September 30, 2013
Extra points for keeping the tower up with 1x1 bricks! XD
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Both you and your opponent had two of my favorite entries in this round. I honestly can't say which one I like better, but good luck anyways. The height of the tower really impressed me in your entry.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Absolutely stunning. I cannot find a favorite level, but one of them is definitely the Rivendell level. Pure elegance. The white whips wrapping around the pillars are great touches and really complete the scene. Overall a brilliant job.
 I like it 
  September 29, 2013
I like how you didn't instantly go for only the iconic scenes from the movie, but instead also worked off the book. Oh, and by the way- Tom Bombadil is precisely as I had always pictured him; you nailed it! Great job!
 
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