"There stood a tower of marvellous shape. It was fashioned by the builders of old, who smoothed the Ring of Isengard, and yet it seemed a thing not made by the craft of Men, but riven from the bones of the earth in the ancient torment of the hills. A peak and isle of rock it was, black and gleaming hard: four mighty piers of many-sided stone were welded into one, but near the summit they opened into gaping horns, their pinnacles sharp as the points of spears, keen-edged as knives. Between them was a narrow space, and there upon a floor of polished stone, written with strange signs, a man might stand five hundred feet above the plain."
During the development of The Hobbit movie, I thought it would be fun to make a LEGO model of Orthanc, the big black tower from Lord of the Rings, that Saruman resides in. (A lot people say that the tower is called Isengard, but it's not. Isengard is the entire area around the tower) I used over 4,000 black LEGO bricks to build it, it weighs 20 pounds, and it stands 4 1/2 feet tall.
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Orthanc. You can see little Saruman standing at the bottom.
A close up of Saruman, standing at the door. Notice his reflection on the left side.
Gandalf, stuck at the top.
Me standing next to it. (Man, I sure make it look small.)
Josh, my brother, standing next to it.