The Lord of the Rings – Three is Company . This might be the first of a LotR MOC series, although my very next MOC will not be LotR. . As always, you can find HD pictures of this MOC when you visit my flickr account ) and you can find the extras for this MOC here on MOCpages.
Some of you might have realised that I made a mistake. There is a certain artistic licence involved when I created a steep slope instead of the little hollow that Tolkien described in his book. But more important, my memory got fooled by the movies, both Ralph Bakshi’s and Peter Jackson’s, since there a four Hobbits hiding in the movies. The scene in the book takes place before Frodo, Sam and Pippin meet Merry. It was too late when I realised it.
Talking about late, I didn’t stay up late the day before I took the pictures, because I wanted to get up early. I’m often using a lot of post-production to create the right atmosphere in my photos (like I did in the main pic for example), this time I wanted to try something different. Equipped with a cup of tea, my fog machine and “a sunny morning”, I took some moody pictures and used almost no post-production at all:
My Lord of the Rings History
My interest in the works of Tolkien is not of a recent nature. I first stumbled upon him in the early 80s, when Parker Brothers announced their new Atari video game “The Lord of the Rings, Journey to Rivendell” in 1983.
© 1983 Parker Brothers
Though it was never released, the cover, a screenshot (though it might have been a screenshot from “Shadowfax”) and the description awakened my interest. That year, I got a copy of “The Lord of the Rings” as a Christmas present.
A little later (or earlier, I can’t remember it 100% correctly), I found a newspaper ad in one of my brother’s old teen magazines (hehehe) for Ralph Bakshi’s movie. The illustration stunned me. Later I learned that it was also used for the cover of the 1979 Tolkien calendar.
© 1979 Ballantine Books
I’m still in love with that illustration (and Bakshi’s movie), so here’S my take on it:
Also one summer during the 80s, my best friend and I spent day after day playing the “The Hobbit” computer game on our Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It was a rather complex text adventure with interspersed graphics.
© 1982 Melbourne House, UK
In the early 90s, during my student days, my interest in Tolkien grew again, when a fellow student offered us (me and some of my friends) to play “MERS”, a pen and paper role-playing game based on Tolkien’s works (MERP = Middle Earth Role Playing, MERS = MittelErde RollenSpiel).
© 1984 Iron Crown Enterprises, Laurin, Queens Games
Being a complete newbie (like the rest of my friends), I instantly fell in love with pen and paper role-playing games. Though we played different games after a while, MERS always was an important source of inspiration for me.
During the mid-90s I pondered about a list of actors that would be able to portrait Tolkien’s characters in a LotR movie. Since I was sure that such a movie could never be made, I drew my own illustrations.
Can you guess who is who?
New decade, new interest. You might have already guessed it, this time the Peter Jackson movies inspired me. Though I didn’t create anything that was directly Tolkien related, the fantasy theme as such became part of my new hobby and after a long LotR DVD marathon (9.00 am – 3.00 am), I started to work on a fantasy board game.
Thank you, LEGO® Group.
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