Many of us read and grew to love "The Hobbit" in our teens, but few express that love in the mind-blowing manner of Blake Baer and Jack Bittner. Last year, the friends created an internet frenzy with their amazing LEGO recreation of Rivendell from "The Lord Of The Rings" movie. Now, in anticipation of the second Hobbit movie (the pre-quel to the LOTR saga), the pair is at it again, except this time they used a whopping 80,000 LEGO pieces to build a jaw-dropping replica of the Kingdom of Erebor. Fans of the saga know that Erebor is also known as The Lonely Mountain. It's the source of the River Running, and for many ages of Middle-earth, was inhabited by the Dwarves of Durin's Folk. Even the most hardcore fans will find themselves awestruck at the amazing detail achieved by Baer and Bittner in this labor of love.
This isn’t your average LEGO sculpture built from a kit. To recreate the massive and intricate Kingdom of Erebor, Baer and Bittner had to draw on all their knowledge of the story, as well as their impressive command of LEGO as building material. The finished product required nearly 80,000 bricks and weighs a whopping 200 lbs. Despite standing at just 56″ high, even the smallest dwarf would still have trouble fitting through the front gate.
The Kingdom of Erebor sculpture features statues, walking paths, a waterfall, rocky cliffs, a moat, a windmill, small town and market square. Figurines included are positioned in life-like poses, conducting trades in the village or crossing the bridge to approach the castle.
All told, the LEGO sculpture took the teens 400 hours to complete. See more pictures of the LEGO Kingdom of Erebor on Flickr.
All images used with permission from Blake Baer