Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mystery Inc

It looks like Scoob and the gang are getting ready for Halloween, with a Tolkien theme this year, thanks to InkBlot Photo.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015


If you're a Tolkien reader of any stripe, you really should be listening to the Tolkien Professor Podcast, where Professor Corey Olsen and friends look in depth at the books and related topics like the Peter Jackson movies. Since the Hobbit movies are now in the past, for good or ill, Corey, Trish and Dave have started the SilmFilm project, where they imagine the adaptation of the Silmarillion into a multi-season TV show (think HBO, like Game of Thrones). For the record this is purely a thought exercise, since such a show will probably never be made, but it's great fun to listen to, and participate. Anyway, they've started thinking about casting, and I propose that rather than consider choosing big name actors for the roles, they should go all-LEGO. Take, for instance, Marina's custom Yavanna figure.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cozy little hobbit hole

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, but this lovely dwelling by Noel Peterson.

Friday, August 7, 2015


Eero Okkonen built Balin in his younger days before Smaug came to the Lonely Mountain.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LEGO Dimensions

Here in this blog I try to focus on fan creations rather than news about official LEGO offerings, but I did want to note the latest official development. It seems that there will not be a new wave of Tolkien themed sets. There are rumors that there was a planned run of sets based on Return of the King, but it got canceled. That said, a week ago LEGO announced LEGO Dimensions. This is a new video game where you get to play LEGO characters from various themes, including Lord of the Rings, in an interactive world. It will be kind of like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, where you buy little models, and each one you buy gets you access to that character in the game. In the initial announcement, Gandalf is one of the initial figures, along with Batman and Wyldstyle from the LEGO Movie. Some of the add-on sets include Gimli, Legolas and Gollum. Also, it looks like orcs, cave trolls and oliphants will be among the enemies you encounter in the game. The game is set for release at the end of September.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MELO Round 6 and final

Woo-hoo! I actually got all of these blogged. The finals of the 2014-2015 MELO pits the winner of the Barad Dur bracket, Dunedain98, against the winner of the Orthanc bracket, Andrew JN. They were challenged to build a scene from Peter Jackson's The Battle of The Five Armies movie. Dunedain shows Bilbo's return to his beloved Bag End to find Messrs Grubb, Grubb, and Burrowes in the midst of selling off his belongings. Andrew chose to show Azog's elaborate semaphore flag setup atop Ravenhill (btw, the flags work. It was an incredibly close round. The first two judges voted for Dunedain, the next two voted for Andrew. The fifth judge broke the tie by choosing Andrew as the winner of this year's MELO. Congratulations! BTW, Ian noted that this third MELO would be the last one ("for a while"), which is too bad as this has inspired a lot of great Tolkien-themed MOCs. However, I'm sure that other contests will come along. For instance, last year Eurobricks held a Middle Earth Contest that I've hardly touched, so I'll have to go back and blog some favorites from that and the ultimate results.