Minecraft Middle-Earth Will Melt Your Mind

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Minecraft Middle-Earth Will Melt Your Mind

In what is easily the most mind-blowing Minecraft project yet, the dedicated builders of Minecraft Middle-Earth have created an almost-to-scale model of J.R.R. Tolkien's famed fantasy world - all of it.

Minecraft is one of the most powerful virtual building tools ever made and a lot of people have done some pretty amazing things with it, but I haven't seen anything that even approaches this. What we have here is Middle Earth - not just Rivendell or Weathertop or Moria, but the whole damn thing - inside and out, recreated at 1:3 and 1:4 scale, and built almost entirely by hand.

To give you an idea of how big this world really is, at around the 9:50 mark the host of the tour asks how long it would take to get from the party's present position to landmarks that casual Lord of the Rings fans would recognize. "We're only about 15 minutes away from Bree," is the reply. "With Rivendell, we're about three-ish hours away. Moria, we're about six hours away."

"You guys are sick," the host said. "You need help."

The first half-hour of the video shows off the amazing scale of the world but if you want to cut right to the really mind-blowing stuff you can go to Rivendell at the 29 minute mark, or the stunning Mines of Moria at 33 minutes. The Prancing Pony at 16 minutes is also worth a look, if only to get a sense of just how detailed this thing really is.

The Minecraft Middle-Earth team is now expanding its creation into the Northern Kingdom of Arnor, which will include Fornost and possibly Annuminas.

And you can consider my mind blown.

via: Joystiq

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Why? Just...why?

I think Jesse is making two more videos to show the whole thing. I think it's cool they are doing it, but if I were to make something so big, it would be my own ideas. anyways, I think Tolkien would be proud of this.

That's still much smaller than you're making it sound. Rivendell is roughly a weeks travel from Bree, even Weathertop is a good 48 hour hike. The Mines of Moria? That's a good month long journey from Bree. So I'll say it's pretty huge, but nothing absolutely mind blowing.

Annuminas is actually already built, it was finished before Moria, because Moria was too complex to do it without a server expert helping.

One of the players is named after something of Inheritance.

I am no longer interested.

(Sillyness aside, this is a little admirable, and more than a little pityable.)

Yeah, okay. There world is awesome. It blows anythign ive made out of the water

Jesse is better when playing Terraria with TB.

And I find myself caring less aboutr this.

Okay, cool you redid middle-earth, good for you. But I just look at it and go meh.

Whih is not fair for them because it is impressive. I just don't care about it.

Kyoh:
Why? Just...why?

Why the f*ck not?

Sooo..... when do I get to play that world? ;D

Seriously, though, that's amazing. I've wanted to construct things that big before, but I just don't have the will power and patience for that. xD Props to those guys.

Pretty impressive but dear god you need a lot of time on your hands.

Valate:
That's still much smaller than you're making it sound. Rivendell is roughly a weeks travel from Bree, even Weathertop is a good 48 hour hike. The Mines of Moria? That's a good month long journey from Bree. So I'll say it's pretty huge, but nothing absolutely mind blowing.

Just for clarity - have you played Minecraft?

OT : Oh my. That's... It's beautiful. Really, truly amazing. I'd bow down in worship if my head hadn't sploded from that video.

I don't have anything to say, actually. "Beautiful"? "Amazing"? Doesn't really cover it. It's beyond mere words.

I hope that file is available for download so I could explore it in Single Player, because DAYUM!

This makes me sad. I just had the idea to do this last night and was going to start rounding up people to do it. But these guys.. I have to give them due credit. They win. It's epic.

I'm going to go ahead and say that they just beat Minecraft... Also I want them to let us download that world for adventure mode, that would be amazing!

AWWWW COME ON! I literally just finished building my scale model of Helm's Deep a week ago. And then they go and do this?!

I wish I could say not cool, but this is too awesome for me to be bitter.

Andy Chalk:

"You guys are sick," the host said. "You need help."

This is pretty much the same response I got when I showed my friends Helm's deep.

Valate:
That's still much smaller than you're making it sound. Rivendell is roughly a weeks travel from Bree, even Weathertop is a good 48 hour hike. The Mines of Moria? That's a good month long journey from Bree. So I'll say it's pretty huge, but nothing absolutely mind blowing.

This is Minecraft, though. An hour travel distance is considered a ludicrous amount. They want to expand it, but they've hit the limit for map generation. Apparently after so far the random generation starts getting extremely odd, so Notch slapped on a limit.

I want a download of the map. D:

My reaction to title "Ok sounds insane"

My reaction to the video "HOLY!!!!!!SHIT!!!!!"

Scizophrenic Llama:
Apparently after so far the random generation starts getting extremely odd, so Notch slapped on a limit.

http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Far_Lands

(Summary: Boy howdy, does it get odd!)

I will grant this is quite impressive.

However, if I ever got that guy as a guide that I had to be with for 45 minutes, I would blow my brains out at 15 minutes. His voice just grates on me. Also he needs to work on his guiding skills as missing Buckland completely and then backtracking from Bree to see the Barrow Downs and Tom Bombadil's house is bad form, especially considering the size of the map.
(Or maybe it was bad editing on Jesse's part.)

I wouldn't mind seeing something else being rendered like this, like Ansalon and Narnia.

Scizophrenic Llama:

Valate:
That's still much smaller than you're making it sound. Rivendell is roughly a weeks travel from Bree, even Weathertop is a good 48 hour hike. The Mines of Moria? That's a good month long journey from Bree. So I'll say it's pretty huge, but nothing absolutely mind blowing.

This is Minecraft, though. An hour travel distance is considered a ludicrous amount. They want to expand it, but they've hit the limit for map generation. Apparently after so far the random generation starts getting extremely odd, so Notch slapped on a limit.

I want a download of the map. D:

They aren't even close to where things start going wonky. However if they did do 1:1 ratio for distance, they would probably hit wonkyville at about Minas Tirith. But that's just a rough guess.

Something I just doublechecked as well, but on the Bridge where Gandalf confronted the Balrog, it spanned an empty and very deep chasm. There were no flames or lava below. These people need to proofread themselves. (The flames and lava were in a crack further back in the chamber that the Balrog leapt over.)

Now I'll proceed to pick my jaw up off the floor...

OK, I really want to play on that world, it is insane. I wonder if they will put it up for download?

(and will my computer even fit it?)

One does not simply Minecraft into Mordor.

Hey, I had to. And mad props to these guys, I can barely stand playing long enough to build a simple little 10x12 seven story tower.

When are the Undying Lands coming?

FUCK! That's impressive. Time for a walk round Middle Earth, methinks (plus I really want to jump off the bridge of Kazad-Dum, shouting 'Fly, you fools!' in the process.

Oh... my... God...
That's it! I'm buying Minecraft purely for the purpose of RPing on this server.

I'm not gonna lie. I'm pretty aroused by this.

I'm not even a Minecraft fan, but now that I've seen this... jesus...

I mean, this is a testament to hopeless nerdism. And I love it.

Kyoh:
Why? Just...why?

Because why the fuck not.

Mind = blown. That's just insane.

Valate:
That's still much smaller than you're making it sound. Rivendell is roughly a weeks travel from Bree, even Weathertop is a good 48 hour hike. The Mines of Moria? That's a good month long journey from Bree. So I'll say it's pretty huge, but nothing absolutely mind blowing.

Keep in mind however that minecraft characters don't get tired. They have infinite stamina, don't need to eat,and don't get slowed down too much by terrain as living characters would. So technically a weeks journey for an actual being could be only hours for a minecraft character continuously walking

Awesome! I saw this video yesterday, and it blew my mind. To think, what would happen if these people were to concentrate their time on significantly less awesome things, like curing cancer?

TestECull:
One does not simply Minecraft into Mordor.

Ninja'd.

I honestly want to see how they make Mordor look though. The Mines were breathtaking; I'm sure they can make Mordor look 100 times more badass.

I feel i should quit minecraft... This is just ridiculous

Color me impressed. And disgusted.

Ok.... just finished watching the whole video.

I can clearly say that my mind is freaking blown and that those guys are insane.

how can anyone hate on this, or say "meh?"

Its amazing! Then again I'm an LOTR nerd, probably will RP on this or at least explore :)

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