Thursday, September 2, 2010

Daily Dose of Matchstick Minas Tirith

You guys ever watched Lord of the Rings?  

You guys ever watched Lord of the Rings... on weeeeeeeeeeed?  Cause I have, and let me tell you: those orcs don't deserve all the hate they get.  It's not like they WANTED to be dragged in to fight the little hobitses.  Or did they?  I lost track on about hour 9.

Here's a guy, Patrick Acton, who never loses track - of anything - including like a million tiny match sticks.

According to Matchstick Marvels (apparently the leading authority on building crazy shit out of matchsticks), Pat has been working on this for just over 3 years!  I probably would have used it for kindling sometime long before I finished it.  

"Acton's version of Minas Tirith is one of his biggest and most detailed matchstick models yet, as he has constructed his rendition of the tremendously ancient city that Tolkien says "appears hewn from the rock of Mount Mindolluin" in the White Mountains.  Tolkien's fortress city is said to tower 700 feet above the Pelennor Fields in Middle Earth's land of Gondor.  Acton's matchstick version of the seven-level city was started in 2007 and took nearly three years when completed in February 2010. The Minas Tirith model contains hundreds of city buildings and is topped with the Citadel, the Tree of Gondor, and the White Tower of Ecthelion."
A few more pics from the Matchstick Marvels site:

Awesome job Pat, now you just need to add an 'i' to your last name.. Pat Action.  Man of a million matchsticks.

The monument is going to be on display at Matchstick Marvel's HQ for a few more months and then is going on tour.  Has anyone gotten to see it in person?  NO SMOKING!

(and yes, I know the pics break the layout.. I'll get some gallery software on here soon enough.)


  1. Middle Earth is on fire. Where is frodo? and his fellowship now?

  2. I so want to egnite all of them :D

  3. Holy jeeze... That would take forever to make.

  4. someone has a little too much time on there hands :p


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