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Erebor
About this creation

From the builders who brought you award-winning Amon Hen and Rivendell...

"Dear MOCpages,

Jack and I are back with our latest creation from Tolkien's Middle Earth, this one from his book, The Hobbit. When we saw the first movie last year, we loved it too much not to build a scene from it. Of course, we couldn't build any thing less than the iconic dwarf city. So here it is, our third and latest collaboration (our first was Amon Hen, our second was Rivendell). We chose Erebor for many reasons, not the least of which was that we love building mountains [sarcasm]. This build was a ton of fun, and we hope you enjoy it. And now, it is our pleasure to present Erebor, the dwarven hall of kings."

Signed,
Blake Baer, 17, and Jack Bittner, 18




"Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold.

The pines were roaring on the heights,
The wind was moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread,
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale,
And men looked up with faces pale.
The dragon's ire, more fierce than fire,
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoked beneath the moon.
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled the hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon."


Stats about Erebor

-16 32x32 baseplates arranged in a 4x4 pattern totaling a base area of 16,384 studs or 1,600 square inches.
-More than 80,000 pieces were used in this creation making it weigh close to 200 lbs.
-The peak is 56 inches tall.
-Comes apart into 11 separate sections.
-A combined 400+ hours time investment was spent on this creation.

Build Notes

Hey all,

Well, after almost 6 months of work, here it is. Erebor, I am proud to say, is the largest creation I have had the pleasure of working on and completing. I guess I had a lot of fun with the rocks in Rivendell (although I was probably traumatized by them, and I got psychologically mixed up) so Jack and I decided to build an entire mountain. Bad idea that. But we somehow slogged our way through the mind-numbingly tedious hours, and managed to finish it off.

I had a blast working on this project. There is something so inherently satisfying about seeing a project like this come to a close and enjoying the attention it receives that really makes all the hard work worth it. Jack is an incredible guy, and it means a lot to me that he can stand to work by my side for such long periods of time, haha. You're the best buddy!

Thank you all for the incredible support over the years. This is I think my 5th year here on MOCpages, and it has been an awesome experience. I am humbled. My thanks and complete respect to the moderators and administrator of this fine site. You guys do so much that doesn't get noticed.

Also, this will likely be my artistic "swan song" for a while in the community. I am at the point in my life where I need to focus on things other than LEGO. It is becoming too much of a distraction. Don't worry, I am gonna keep my Flickr and MOCpages, and I will likely still be very active in the community. Just not as much building from my end. So with that said, please enjoy this creation in light of my temporary retirement from the community.

Lets be real here, nobody even reads this stuff. You all just want to see the creation, so here it is!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you... Erebor!

Video




Pictures


Just as a heads up, you're gonna need a lot of energy to reach the bottom. I didn't realize how many pics I decided to include, but there are... lots. Sorry about that. Good luck! See you at the bottom.
Erebor

Erebros
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Windmill

Those of you who watched the video will have noticed that I included some mechanics to make it move. Below is a schematic helping to show how I managed to achieve it.


Support Structure











In Progress


Jack and I started out trying to keep a pretty good record of the build, but like any artists who are caught up in the inspiration and excitement, we gradually let the ball roll a little bit more than we should have. However, here are all of the in-progress pictures that we managed to log. It gives a good idea about how large it actually is.

















At Brickfair

Erebor was set up and displayed at Brickfair 2013, a popular LEGO convention in Washington DC. It won the best castle award, and received much attention and attraction from public and attendees alike. Like our previous models, this one is modular in order to allow it to be boxed and shipped. Unfortunately, I didn't want to take it apart and show you guys the pictures of the sections, so you'll just have to take my word for it, haha.









Well fellas, there she is. Erebor! I hoped yall like it. Please be sure to rate it or leave a comment below letting me know what you thought. I always enjoy reading through your comments.

God bless you all.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
-Blake



Comments

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  August 26, 2014
Wow...Just Wow
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  July 21, 2014
That is simply phenomenal. Absolutely amazing!
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  July 2, 2014
!!!
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  June 25, 2014
Just incredible! The rocks, the trees, the statues, the gates, everything!
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  June 16, 2014
.....WOW!!!
  June 10, 2014
WOW. I have no words. Simply. Amazing :o
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  May 13, 2014
Sheesh Blake, this is nuts. Great job though, the whole things looks awesome.
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  May 2, 2014
fantastic
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  April 24, 2014
WOW!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!!
  April 15, 2014
awesome i built one i would b pleased if u checked it out
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  February 26, 2014
This is an AMAZING build! The amount of detail is incredible!
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  February 15, 2014
Truly this is the greatest Lego build I have ever seen.
  January 20, 2014
Wow, I just realized how little of an amount of favorite builders you have. :P Also would you be interested in a group that I invited you to? Its called HUGE fans of LEGO.
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  January 15, 2014
Amazing!
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  January 3, 2014
Insane this is amazing great detail and rock forms.
  December 15, 2013
words still fail me...
  December 8, 2013
Excellent build to finish with before your hiatus. Wonderful all over, but the landscaping is the best.
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  December 7, 2013
Wow, how did you move that thing?
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  December 6, 2013
Words fail me... all except THIS IS THE BEST LEGO CREATION I HAVE SEEN IN MY INTIRE LIFE!!!! HOW DID YOU BUILD THIS?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!? THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!
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  December 6, 2013
Wow....just Wow....That's amazing work you've done there. You really must have a lot of bricks to be able to do this. Keep the great work!
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  December 6, 2013
woah..... that's amazing! simply speechless.... i really appreciate the time that must of gone into this - jaw dropping...
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  December 5, 2013
Words fail... brilliant as always! Blake, it's been a blessing seeing and being inspired by your creations--thank you so much for sharing your God-given talent with all of us.
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  December 5, 2013
i know that is not funny but it is realy cool exellent work!!!
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  December 5, 2013
i know tha ti not funny but it is realy cool exellent work!!!
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  December 5, 2013
is that rivendell?? lol XD
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  December 5, 2013
This is incredible, as always. It blows me away that you two can achieve the sheer size and yet intricate detail throughout. Congrats on making TheOneRing.net!
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  December 5, 2013
nice
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  December 4, 2013
So many amazing details! Awesome build guys!
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  December 3, 2013
This is incredible!
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  December 3, 2013
Stunning!
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  December 3, 2013
Wow. I don't actually know what to say! This is a truly amazing build which words cannot describe. Well done. --Blast--
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  December 3, 2013
Magnifique!
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  December 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning!
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  November 29, 2013
Stunning work done by two fantastic builders.
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  November 29, 2013
Obviously, wow. Amazing job, just like the other collabs. Every detail is fantastic. Ones that particularly stood out: The volume of rockwork. The olive-green tree (so natural!). Varied pathways make it so believable. Clever use of those 8-sided bar bits on the roof. The lake water and such as viewed from the side is very neat. Just enough architectural detail. Sticker usage is great. Clever pauldron-birds. Windmill! The insane size and uniform great quality!
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  November 29, 2013
Fantastic is an understatement. Blake and Jack, you two are an inspirational team! I love the use of all the technic pieces for details - I even saw a bionicle part haha! Great work guys :) ~Thoy
Blake Baer
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Emerald Knight
  November 28, 2013
Absolutely Fabulous ! So beautifully done, your Dwarf King gets the thumbs up from my Knights !>.....well done
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  November 28, 2013
:O dear lord !!!!!
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  November 28, 2013
I am amazed! I love mountain landscapes and small castle villages!
  November 28, 2013
Wow, I know you've been hearing this a lot, but WOW. You two are some of the finest builders out there, so it's always a pleasure when y'all collaborate. Though it's disappointing you'll be taking a break from building Blake, real-life is more important and time consuming sometimes. Hope to see you around. Btw Jack, I'm digging the Golden State shirt! :D
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  November 28, 2013
Awesome, you guys rock! Great job! :-))
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  November 28, 2013
Would like to see it real! Thanks for sharing!
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  November 28, 2013
This is just incredible!
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  November 28, 2013
Can't wait for next years awesome moc.
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  November 27, 2013
Behold. The next Rivendel! AMAZING!!! Blake, you are by far the best TOFL on here and maybe the best builder on MOCpages! Great work! Witch one is you in one of the pictures? Left or Right? Thanks!
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  November 27, 2013
I've been thinking about this MOC and your temporary departure all day. (Which is not a good thing when your in the middle of chemistry, haha!) I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at it! The waterfall is just spectacular! I actually didn't notice it before, due to all the other spectacular details and textures. Once again, incredible work! It's sad that you'll be taking a break from building, but like you said, real life is more important. Keep us updated on how things are going! :)
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  November 27, 2013
Excellent job on every aspect of the build, My favorite detail is the two giant dwarves statue.
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  November 27, 2013
Would you like to join my contest, if you have time? I'd be honored to have you compete in it. ~Bill
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  November 27, 2013
I can't really add much to whats already been said. Outstanding!
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  November 27, 2013
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  November 27, 2013
Hey guys, thank you all for the comments and love! It is really touching, and we appreciate it. Its been a lot of fun to read through your comments. Thank you all!
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  November 27, 2013
I could go on and on about how amazing this is, but everybody else is doing that so let me just say thank you. Thank you for including so many photos! I get so mad when people do these huge impressive builds and present it to the world in only a couple of long shot pics. When you do a build with this much effort and dedication you need to showcase every tiny detail. I love looking at it all.
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  November 27, 2013
amazing build! I can see how MOCs are a distraction for you!
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  November 27, 2013
I don't know which of the countless details like most. In real life, I could easely look and see for an hour and more to try to discover all them them, fantastic! One remark : You really picked anything for the support structure, wouldn't a choice of for instance Duplo , or even technics, been easier?
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  November 27, 2013
I know for a fact how parts intensive even a small amount of rockwork can be, so the amount of bricks it must have taken to make that mountain is just mind blowing. This build is crazy awesome, man. You two outdid yourselves.
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  November 27, 2013
colossal! I love that you included so many animals! tons of details!
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  November 27, 2013
No way! I saw this at Brickfair VA!
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  November 27, 2013
This is by far the best Lego creation that I've seen on MOCpages. Awesome. The details alone are beyond description. Your team work has really paid off. Since it took six months to build Erebor, I bet it kept you two out of trouble.
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  November 27, 2013
Perfect, in everyway. The roofing, the bee-hive, the elfin deer, the mountain structure, the roads, even the kites, perfect. This must be my favorite system MOC of the year. Nothing else comes close to the majesty of this creation. Well done, you deserved that award without a doubt in my mind. Stay strong, my friends.
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  November 27, 2013
um.. u r my hero
  November 27, 2013
Blake, for three years, you and Jack have turned out three absolutely stunning, mind-blowing creations. When I saw Amon Hen, I was awed. Then came Rivendell. I didn't think that someone could build a more perfect, more beautiful MOC. I was wrong… Words cannot describe how incredible, how beautiful, and how perfect your Erebor is. The accuracy, architecture and rockwork are absolutely mind-blowing. My favorite part has got to be all the detailing though. It makes the MOC so much more alive, so to speak and really speaks of the beauty of Tolkien's world. Sorry for the really long comment; it's impossible to tear your eyes from this masterpiece! Thank you both for continuing to share your unbelievable talent and hats off to both of you. Got anything planned for next year? ;) Good luck with life and God Bless you!
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  November 27, 2013
You have never ceased to amaze me! I could literally spend hours looking at this MOC and savoring each detail! Absolutely stunning work! What a way to end with a bang! We will all look forward to your return to building again; in the meantime we'll be glad that you're sticking around in the commenting and such :D From the start I was inspired by your building, and it will never stop! It's been great getting to meeting you a little bit over the MO, and maybe I'll get a chance to meet you one day. Anyway, thanks for being and continuing to be an inspiration to LEGO builders of all ages. God Bless! ~ David FNJ
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  November 27, 2013
Awesome! Great work! That thing is huge!!. I wish I had that many bricks, and I wish I was as good of a builder as you. ~Bill
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  November 27, 2013
Oh my brick.... I mean, I showed my siblings and we couldn't believe how BIG it is! You did a fantastic... well, fantastic doesn't even cut it! Everything is just... wow. GREAT job, Blake!
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  November 27, 2013
Saw this on brickshowtv, glad to see these pics. I love the city, and throw rugs for sale in barrel. Every bit of detail from the mtn, entrance, and city are MINDBLOWING!
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  November 27, 2013
brilliant work guys
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  November 27, 2013
<3 <3 <3
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  November 27, 2013
That's awesome!
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  November 27, 2013
It looks amazing is all I can say, I really like the support structure...
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  November 27, 2013
Stunning build, so much to see and admire. Good luck with whatever real life holds for you in the near future too!
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  November 27, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!!! You guys really outdid yourselves (and many of us, too!) with this one. There's just WAY too much to say about this in a small comment box, but suffice for the moment to say that it's a truly memorable work - hard to accomplish these days, among so many talented builders. Here's wishing you (and Jack) the very best out there in the real world, and like my good friend, Mr. Phipson, I'll look forward to your return to the community when life allows. Cheers!
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  November 27, 2013
This is Amazing, it isn't just Erebor it has Dale too!! Wow, Fantastic work!
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  November 27, 2013
This is just... fantastic! (And thank you for the little "shout out" in the commentary ;) ). Truly a visual masterpiece! As far as real life goes, take care of the more important things in life and we'll be here waiting when you "get back." ~ Chris.
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  November 27, 2013
amazing, your creations are huge and full fo details. in my opinion are the best creations dedicated to LOTR / HOBBIT
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  November 27, 2013
You good sirs, have serious skill... This is incredible... Words cannot describe... Amazing...
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  November 27, 2013
Glorious :)
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  November 27, 2013
Wow, the level of detail is AMAZING!!!
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  November 27, 2013
Wow. Truly a work of the highest art and clearly a labour of love. This is outstanding. And there are not too many pictures - they allow us to fully appreciate the level of detail and craftsmanship that exists all over this incredible build.
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  November 27, 2013
It deserves a comment also on Mocpages! Stunning creation, one of the best I've seen so far for my taste!
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  November 27, 2013
Wow...I am literally speechless right now! Everything from the mountain to the town to the river to the everything is just so perfectly done! You two must have had a lot of free time on your hands to do this project! Man, I'm still marveling at this!
Blake Baer
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Dr. Monster
  November 26, 2013
Wow! This so completely astounding that I'm left wondering if you guys are actually the descendants of Dwarves. Crazy good MOC. I really like the windmill and the sheer size of the waterfall. Bravo.
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  November 26, 2013
Wow Blake, I am stunned. The sheer detail and size of this creation is astonishing! The angles on the 2 dwarf statues are just magnificent, and the gate itself is fantastic! That city is beautiful, I love the techniques you used, and angles you created. You and Mr. Bittner certainly have a God-given talent, and I always love to see the result of it. I am very sad to hear that you will not be building as much, as I thoroughly enjoy viewing your mocs on the internet, and one of my dreams is to meet you, Mr. Bittner, and your creations one day in person, most likely at Brickfair. Again, this is just mind-blowing, and I look forward to your next creations, whenever they shall be. Cheers, and God bless you two and your wonderful gifts! ~Matthew Oh~
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  November 26, 2013
Well, with any build this large and so intricately detailed, it is difficult to say anything worthy of its splendor...so rather than try I'll keep it short and simple. GREAT WORK!
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  November 26, 2013
Oh, I also like the Adidas shorts. My second favorite brand.
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  November 26, 2013
I will start talking now. When did you discover that you had a phenomenal gift? You have done a more than fantastic job of utilizing the fabulous gift God has given you. The things you do with bricks truly blows my mind. May God continue to bless this marvelous skill you have and may you continue to develop it at the astounding rate you have been at!! Now the creation. The amount of detail that you put into it left me speechless. The sheer size of it wowed me with the picture with you standing beside it. I commend you for working hard and pushing through such a mind-blowing creation! You have inspired countless builders, young and old, to keep building and becoming better with bricks. I am one of them. Blake . . . Well done.
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  November 26, 2013
That's Amazing! I really like the contrast between the grey stone of the dwarf city and the Bright city of dale. Great work all around.
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  November 26, 2013
Whoa! Simply outstanding! The detail in your creations is so incredible! 80,000 pieces! That is just insane! You and your friend are true masters when at this! I really like how all the photos are crystal clear and super high-definition! Great, great job! 5/5!
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  November 26, 2013
Wow, Blake, just wow. I love all of it, the details, architecture, rockwork, water, landscaping: It's all gorgeous! Incredible work! Too bad you'll be taking a break, will it be temporary? I read the description. ;)
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  November 26, 2013
Holy Cow! I've been waiting to see more pictures of this for forever! This is amazing! 400 hours to build! I don't think I would have lasted that long! I really can't put into words what I think of this! It's absolutely mind blowing! You and Jack are very gifted builders!
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  November 26, 2013
Insanely impressive ! Congrats on the win!
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  November 26, 2013
Blake, for the last 3 years you and Jack have astounded me with some of the best Lord of the Rings LEGO creations around. Actually, some of the best LEGO creations around. Having seen spoiler pictures earlier from people's posting of this piece's debut, I looked forward greatly to the official posting. (As if I didn't make that clear already over the last couple months...) And I daresay, you didn't disappoint. The sheer scale makes this look almost like a micro, until you lean forward and the world of Erebor opens before your eyes. The vivid, almost gaudy foliage and vibrant red city juxtapose their liveliness against the sombre mountainside - I can almost hear the bustling town and awakening wildlife. This seems a stunning compilation of prior MOCs, the brilliance of the Wizard of Oz is melded into Fire and Water, Smaug's lair is used to expand the mountain of your first Warscape volume, and the rich landscape of Beorn's house and the three trolls is reincarnated. Almost a culmination of all the skills you've acquired over these 5 years, and what an impressive 5 years they've been. Kudos on your continued achievements in the community, you're one of the finest builders I've had the pleasure of knowing and hope to meet you in person one day. After you get your education and work all settled, go back into the convention circuit - I'll be there. ;) So ends the reign of Baer - farewell.
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  November 26, 2013
I've never seen anything so amazing! Your work is such an inspiration!
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  November 26, 2013
It's no news to you Blake, but this is nothing less than a masterpiece. Congratulations on the BFVA award too! You and Jack really went all out on this. As the saying goes, "third time's a charm." Bravo! I think one of my favorite elements is actually the "Erebor" brick-writing. Fantastic additional detail! Heh, you weren't kidding when you said you've got a crazy amount of Lego. ;)
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  November 26, 2013
I am speechless. This whole thing is just amazing, and I congratulate you two on your determination to build the whole mountain face :)
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  November 26, 2013
Really stellar work guys! Was great to meet you in person and watch in awe as you pulled section after section from an endless stack of boxes! Bravo!
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  November 26, 2013
Amazing! Stunning! Cool! Magnificent! I could spend hours thinking of words to describe this creation. Great job!
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  November 26, 2013
I was worried for a second that this would be eligible for a CCC entry... Thankfully I don't have to compete against this! It is quite amazing and a build I think is unbeatable! Congrats on getting Best in Castle! and I will miss seeing your builds around as much :( Also, I feel your pain with the rock work, making a mountain look random when you have to be repetitive with your pieces is very tiring, great job on that!
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  November 26, 2013
This is absolutely amazing! I think I would have gone insane before completing this masterpiece. Once again fantastic job, both of you!
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  November 26, 2013
Spectacular build! I've been looking for you to post the detailed pictures of this amazing build since August when the Community Team posted on their blog that you'd won the "Best Castle" award at BrickFair: Virginia. You've packed a lot of great details into this piece. I particularly like your parts usage for the blue, white and red birds in the trees.
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  November 26, 2013
Absolutely remarkable job, guys. Definitely the capstone of your trilogy. The detail and scope are epic in every sense of the word.
  November 26, 2013
You have done it again Blake! Great job on the dragon and turtle kites and that roof technique is amazing! For me, this might just challenge Rivendell!
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  November 26, 2013
:[_____] This is simply amazing. You've done it again, Blake and Jack. You've astounded me again. I'm speechless for once in my life. Trust me, that isn't something that happens often. This is truly a work of masterful art.
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  November 26, 2013
Quoting Stormjay Rider TOO MANY PICTURES
Haha, yes, I am aware of this problem. I am sorry!
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  November 26, 2013
TOO MANY PICTURES
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  November 26, 2013
I'm speechless... there are no words to describe that... Blake, you have truly phenomenal talent; it's encouraging to know that there are other Christian builders out there like you, that build these mind-blowing creations. Your work never ceases to amaze me. I am saddened that you will have to be spending less time on here, because your work always inspires. Again, incredible build! Great work!
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  November 26, 2013
Wow Blake! Crazy rockwork! I LOVE the clay roof thingies, and the round tree is fantastic!
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  November 26, 2013
There are no words I can say that would scratch the surface of how amazing this is, so I won't even try. ~Zach
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  November 26, 2013
Oh my GOD!
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  November 26, 2013
Yup.
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  November 26, 2013
Holy... That's incredible. At first I thought it was micro scale, but then I saw the up-close pics and was blown away. Truly amazing work, guys. Congratulations! This is definitely my new favorite build, so it's time to update the homepage ;)
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  November 26, 2013
Flabbergasting amount of detail, again! Very few Lego builds make me dizzy from the altitude, but I was literally starting to feel sick looking at the shots from the top of the waterfall! Great job!
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  November 26, 2013
Most sublime. The colors are stunning. Love the cheery, highly detailed scenes. Wonderful build, and great job to both of you! -LB Senior
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  November 26, 2013
Fantastic! I can't believe the sheer size of this monster! Take a bow, and keep taking them for another 12 hours:D Do you have any estimation of how many pieces:P ~Brick
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  November 26, 2013
Wow! Absolutely amazing detail, and the size of this is unbelievable! Great work!
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  November 26, 2013
THAT'S AMAZING
 
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