Bag End is a warm and cozy hole, located above Bagshot Row along a perfectly gardened hillside in Hobbiton. It is the desire of many Hobbits, especially the Sackville-Bagginses. But its owner, Bilbo Baggins has no intention of giving up his home. Every once in a while some unexpected visitors arrive, usually leading to grand adventures. This Lego build of Bag End is created by Dylan Lane. It expands and goes way beyond the official Lego set, released in 2012.
This build is interesting in that it incorporates lighting into the design. The creator has actually varied the green bricks on the hillside to reflect the sunlight that is shinning through tree branches. Dark green pieces can be found along the back representing the shadows over the grass. Brighter green can be found on the front facade, where the sunlight is directly hitting the hillside. An interesting effect that stands out in certain lighting conditions.
This Lego Bag End took over two years to complete. It has been packed with little scenes and details from the film / books. On top of the hill Frodo Baggins can be seen relaxing by a huge tree, while Gandalf is riding into town with fireworks in tow. Placing this scene at the very beginning of the Lord of the Rings. Gandalf and Bilbo can take a break from birthday party planning to smoke some pipe-weed in the garden. A great mini-build, especially the white 1×1 round bricks being used with a transparent pole to represent smoke. Inside this Hobbit hole are two rooms. The main entrance and hallway with the iconic round door. Then off to the side you can find the little writing room, where Bilbo works finishing the Red Book of Westmarch, a collection of stories about Bilbo’s adventurous past.
Gregor Samsa woke up one morning to find that he had transformed into a giant cockroach type bug, or as the story says a “monstrous vermin.” Maybe in some parallel universe Gregor also turned into Lego. Based off the classic novel by Franz Kafka, the Metamorphosis is a Lego MOC created by Water Snap. This build has a bunch of great details. The sheet has been built using a bunch of slopes and curved bricks, it creates a perfect wrinkled / used look. The bed is a simple frame with a very thin mattress which uses a whole lot of 1×1 flat round plates. A Lego pillow hiding behind the carapace is a great detail. The bug itself is well done. With Lego hoses used for antennae, and Lego wrenches to create the insect feet. This is one Lego creation that you probably don’t want hanging around the house. But if you do find a giant Lego insect in your house, make sure to feed it.
Micah Schmidt is back with a new entry in their The Lord of the Rings Lego Series. They have set upon a long journey of recreating the famous trilogy with Lego MOCs, one chapter at a time. This build is titled “Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party” and features Gandalf rolling into the Shire with a bunch of fireworks. On a short hillside, Frodo is there to greet him. This is an interesting build, as Lego released an official set based on this exact moment all the way back in 2012. This version is an upgraded and much more detailed build. Some of the stand out details include the horse bridle (created with some Lego grippy ropes, and a rubber band), the wagon (using Lego whips as wooden detailing), the super smooth autumn tree, and Gandalf’s sword Glamdring. Hopefully Gandalf can make it to Bag End in time, there is about to be a birthday party that no one will ever forget.
Brick Ninja has created a Lego MOC based on a quote by George R.R. Martin: “I have lived a thousand lives and I have loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.” This Lego MOC is the physical representation of reading a book. It can transport the reader to an imaginary location full of new ideas and impossible situations. That is why we like to read. In this creation the greeking of the text has been done well. Representing words, without actually having to find a way to make them in Lego. The castle is well made with a great SNOT design. It is very reminiscent of old castle sets from Lego.
Located in Bree, The Prancing Pony is one of the few friendly places for Hobbits. A lot happens in this small inn, the Hobbits finally meet up with Aragorn, and have a narrow escape from the Ringwraiths. This Prancing Pony inn has been recreated in Lego by Shield-and-Sword Bricks. The scene, from The Lord of the Rings, appears to be the moment that Aragorn (Strider) is helping the Hobbits escape from a trap. The details on this Lego MOC are all top notch. The rough dirt road and ground using studs to contrast with the smooth plaster and wood structure works well. Make sure to check out the Lego whips being used for some wooden detailing, and poles being used for diagonal beams. The slightly uneven 1×2 flat grey plates represents the stonework. It manages to look poorly made, and yet sturdy too.
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien opens up with a prologue titled “Concerning Hobbits.” A humorous chapter about what a Hobbit is, their history, and their love of smoking pipe-weed. Micah Schmidt has started an ambitious Lego project of recreating scenes from each chapter from the trilogy. No better place to start than the beginning. This build features Bilbo writing in the Red Book of Westmarch the prologue from The Lord of the Rings. The Lego hobbit hole looks fantastic. The walls are gently curved, a cozy round window, and half of a wooden archway set the scene. The Lego furnishing are great; the messiness and general disarray works well. Check out the sideways built flooring with the square mosaic cutout in the center. A great way to create a detailed rug without adding extra depth. Now if only Bilbo can only find some time to finish planning his birthday party.
Game of Thrones is back on TV and that means a whole lot of intrigue and trickery is afoot. Legoagogo has taken his fandom of Game of Thrones and Lego to create a whole series of photos and vignettes. So far they have created Minifigures for the Hound, Arya Stark, Brienne, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Theon Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton, Jon Snow, Ygritte, Hodor, and Bran Stark. This small selection of the possible characters just happens to represent some of Legoagogo’s favorites.
The little vignettes have all been photographed extremely well. They are all instantly recognizable. Check out Ramsay Bolton getting ready to eat some Lego sausage.
And, if you happened to catch the most recent episode then this scene (or something similar) will be fresh in your mind. That Red Witch sure knows how to build a fire.
Just in time for the season premiere of Game of Thrones, Guy Himber, has created King Joffrey, Long May He Reign. This television shows most infamous villain is looking appropriately evil. Some of these Lego pieces have been put to novel use. Check out the Minifigure arms, used for fingers. And, it even looks like the One Ring is adorning the top of the crown. Even in Lego you still want to slap Joffrey across his smug face.
Everyone would want a Time Machine. Imagine what you could do with one. Carl Merriam built his own, which is inspired by the classic H.G. Wells novel titled The Time Machine. The novel was first published back in 1895, an important note as at the time the wooden and brass styling was considered futuristic. Now this style is more often associated with Steam Punk, which that is based on old science fiction novels. The red, brown and gold colors here work extremely well, and the blue highlights pop out in a good way. Lego sure has come a long way, something like this would have been impossible to build 10 years ago. As color and part choice was completely different a decade ago. You would have needed a Time Machine in order to build this. Just watch out for Morlocks.
Some people out there think that 3 films is 2 films too many for the Hobbit. Well this video is for them. The Hobbit in 72 Seconds is the creation of the Brotherhood Workshop. As they helpfully point out, this is only 33,000ish seconds shorter than Peter Jackson’s version. They manage to fit in all of the major scenes, from the Unexpected Gathering to the Battle of Five Armies. It should be pointed out that there are massive spoilers here. This extremely well made video features special effect, brick built scenes, and full voice overs. Not only that but they managed to throw in a little something special at the end. Check it out!