Imagine having a secret door in your home that only appears with the touch of your hand. Redditor Eclipse_007 built a secret entrance to his home movie theater inspired by the Door of Durin from Lord of the Rings. Although the famous doorway to the Mines of Moria opened with a spoken word, he’s working on that.
First he built a box out of plywood to fit the doorway and lined the inside with a string of super bright LED lights. Then using plexi-glass covered in vinyl, he hand-drew and cut out the designs to replicate the markings from the LotR door. After painting, the installed door looks more like something from the side of a rock, which ultimately gives a much more desirable look.
And finally, he hand-carved the most important part, the incantation which reads, “Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo Mellon a Minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin.” Translated it means “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.”
Check out the incredible work and completed door in action after the break.
The Doors of Durin are carved with the emblems of Durin: two trees, a crown, seven stars, a hammer and anvil, and a single star in the center for the House of Feanor. The carving is nearly perfect, and for being cut by hand is no small feat.
Although the door illuminates with an Arduino Uno board utilizing capacitive touch, the Redditor explains he working on a device to recognize spoken words.
“Right now the door opens automatically after a touch of the hand. soon I will integrate voice recognition, so you will first have to touch it to illuminate it, then speak the elvish word for friend “Mellon” in order to gain access. I’m also going to cause the light just above this door to flicker and go out right before the door illuminates to have a much larger BAAM! effect.”