The original Rivendell built by Ben Pitchford contained 120,000 Lego pieces, far too big for an official set. However Lego reached out and asked if he would be interested in submitting a downsized version to Lego Ideas. He did, and it’s well on its way to becoming a reality.
The updated set clocks in at under 5000 pieces but still includes all 10 buildings, the main bridge to the platform, light-up moon rune with map, and the large tree at the top of staircase. The set doesn’t include the surrounding mountain for obvious reasons, but it does come with all our favorite hobbits and elves, a few horses, and of course Gandalf.
In an interview with The One Ring, Ben explains how he was able to build with such detail:
“I found a visual effects video from Weta Digital which gave me insight of Rivendell never released in the movie. With these behind the scenes images I was able to create every minor detail including the landscape, the location of the buildings, and even the moon runes which all light up.”
Take a closer look at the original LEGO Rivendell build after the break.
(via The One Ring)