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The making of Barad-Dûr

Part three

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All sections were separately textured…

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… before being glued onto a supporting frame.

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More polyurethane outcrops were added to the miniature, which was indeed becoming a 'big-ature' by now.

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It might have been put forward by others in the past; we may have been reading this somewhere - if so, we can't recollect the occasion. But on seeing the results of our foam carvings we suddenly got the impression that the model makers of Weta intentionally sculpted these rocks into the shape of gigantic stone claws, frozen in the act of keeping the Tower locked to the earth. John Howe describes the land of Mordor as an extremely ill-balanced environment that seemed ready to collapse at the death of its Master. This suggests that the Dark Lord himself was kind of involved in the (volcanic) mountain-building processes. Viewed in that light, the image of these huge clamps of basalt to stabilize Sauron's madness doesn't seem too far-fetched…

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With the second level completed we returned to the first level. Now at last we were able to establish the lay-out of the outer defences. In the picture, the red circumference marks out the perimeter of the second level: despite all its fences, turrets and buttresses the total width at the back was still no more than about 30cm / 12inches. A paper template of the front gate lay-out helped us to fix the positions of the other bastions.


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