The “Lord of the Rings” return is eagerly desired by many fans. No wonder that the design “A Map of Middle Earth“Was voted in the first review in 2021 in quick format. From the beginning of May, the LEGO designers will study the map very carefully and decide whether the route leads straight to the shelves or ends in a dead end. We present you the 30th project of the current review round as usual.
The current design is again from the Russian fan designer Artem biziaevwho lives in St. Petersburg and draws comics “in real life”. He’s been active on Ideas for about four years, but it wasn’t until the end of 2020 that he decided to upload his first ideas. A few weeks ago his projects “Hyrule Castle” and “Baba Jaga” were convincing and brought him into the review.
This time, too, Artem hits the hearts of the fans directly, because with the map of Middle-earth from the “Lord of the Rings” series of novels, the great desire of adult fans for a return to the “Lord of the Rings” series is taken up. The map and the display stand were in Format 64 × 48 studs designed and should be with a minifigure and 10 Nanofiguren get along. Due to the large number of small parts and the area, we assume that we are near the maximum part and appreciate the design approx. 2,800-3,000 parts.
The card is ideal for experiencing the three-part story of the “Lord of the Rings”. Let’s go on the journey: At the beginning, the heroes meet in the northwestern Shire and make their way to the nearby Elfenland (“Rivendell”). After the community of fate was decided there, the companions fight their way through the mines of Moria in the direction of Mordor, so that the one ring in the mountain of fate can be destroyed.
After the community was separated at the end of the first part, the hobbits Frodo and Sam continue to try to find their way through the large swamp towards Mordor. The rest of the alliance made its way into the kingdom of Rohan, which is facing the increasing threat from Isengard. The decisive battle for the fortress “Helms Klamm” ensues.
The good forces of Middle-earth were ultimately able to win the battle and also advance towards Mordor. After a bitter battle in the kingdom of Gondor for the city of “Minas Tirith”, the way to the “Black Gate”, the entrance to the dark realm of Mordor, seems to be clear. Can the heroes win this fight too?
All important locations of the books or films are shown on the map. Fan designer Artem used the style of the “Architecture” series, which relies heavily on small details. In many places he installed printed parts that serve as lettering. As a bonus, Artem even included the venues from the prehistory “The Hobbit” on the map. The idea is rounded off by the Tolkien minifigure and the homage to the books.
For the fans, this design is apparently a “no-brainer”. To 39 days the journey through Middle-earth was already over and the gates of the Ideas review opened.
The literary source for the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogy comes of course from the British author JRR Tolkien. “The Hobbit” was created between 1930 and 1936. Immediately after its publication in 1937, he began work on the successor: “The Lord of the Rings”. It was not until 1954 and 1955 that the three parts of the novel were presented, which are among the most successful works of the 20th century. Tolkien died on September 2, 1973 at the age of 81.
Between 2001 and 2003 the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” was released and nine years later the “Hobbit” trilogy followed. Both three-part series were a great success and expanded the fan base again. The gross profit of the individual parts can easily keep up with most Star Wars parts. Since 2017 it has been announced that Amazon will be offering a “Lord of the Rings” series commissioned, the fan base is eagerly awaiting the result. In addition, a video game called “Gollum” is due to appear at the end of 2021. You will get a little foretaste here.
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As a “Lord of the Rings” fan, I think the idea is great! While many of the construction projects for the film depict individual scenes, all of Middle-earth with all the important locations can be shown at once in this way. The chosen scale also meets my taste. I just like it when a few parts show what is meant. In my opinion, that worked out very well here.
I don’t find the question of a possible implementation easy. On the one hand, we know that the “Lord of the Rings” was already in the LEGO range in 2012 and 2013 and that many fans would long for a return. On the other hand, most of the Ideas projects have so far been very much based on a remake. The map could be seen as a new idea and the journey through Middle-earth can be experienced with the nanofigures.
Two points could speak against the project. On the one hand, it is uncertain whether LEGO may have its own plans to reissue the topic. The start of the Amazon series could be an appropriate time. On the other hand, the fan designer uses a large number of printed parts as lettering on cards. There is a risk that the designer may have wanted too much of a good thing here.
I would be very happy about an implementation, but I see the implementation on Ideas as difficult, because LEGO is virtually challenged by the many printed parts. In addition, there is the uncertainty about a possible inclusion in the normal range. Therefore, I only believe in an unlikely implementation and I am very happy to be taught a better one.
Dear “Lord of the Rings” fans, what do you think of the latest design? Would you be happy about a card or would you rather prefer the “right” sets? Can you imagine reenacting the path through Middle-earth or would that be a pure display set for you? Is the map complete for you or are you still missing important venues? How do you rate the chances of implementation? Write us your opinion in the comments.