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Places to visit
in Middle-earth:


The Shire:

The Green Dragon

A Short Cut
to Mushrooms

Bucklebury Ferry

Ted Sandyman's Mill




The Trollshaws


Gilraen's Memorial

The Mines of Moria:

The Watcher in the Water

The Westgate

The Chamber of

Durin's Causeway

The Bridge of Khazad-dûm



Dol Guldur

The Anduin

The Argonath

Parth Galen


Helm's Deep

The Paths of the Dead

Morgul Vale:

Minas Morgul

The Stairs of Cirith Ungol


The Tower of Cirith Ungol

The Black Gate


The Sawdust of the Past

Khazad-dûm Revisited

The Making of...

The Wooded Road

The Watcher in the Water

Saruman's Stronghold

The Argonath

The Tower of Cirith Ungol

The Black Gate

Barad-dûr Part 1

Barad-dûr Part 2

Barad-dûr Part 3

Barad-dûr Part 4

Scenery Workshop:

Constructing "Durin's Causeway"

The Black Gate 1

The Black Gate 2

The Black Gate 3

The Land of Shadow


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Supplement: The Land of Shadow

© Lotrscenerybuilder 2009

All seemed ruinous and dead, a desert burned and choked

Day came, and the fallow sun blinked over the lifeless ridges of Ered Lithui…


The land seemed empty. North amid their noisome pits lay the first of the great heaps and hills of slag and broken rock and blasted earth, the vomit of the maggot-folk of Mordor; but south and now near loomed the great rampart of Cirith Gorgor, and the Black Gate amidmost, and the two Towers of the Teeth tall and dark upon either side. (ROTK, page 195)

The Green Dragon, the Argonath, Minas Morgul ... it needs more than a building or a few statues to recreate the marvellous world of Middle-earth. In order to make your constructions 'feel at home' you will have to devote some time and energy to a matching environment. Now, if you are not (yet) familiar with this scenery building business, you might easily overlook the trouble it takes to construct, say, the hilly farmland near Bywater Pool or the cliffs along the Anduin River. In many respects these terrain boards are 'buildings' in their own right. The Morgul Vale board for example, with its intricate system of lighting channels and its ruined city quarter extra muros, took weeks to build.


Not the imprisoned moonlight welling through Minas Ithil long ago,
but the yellow glare of a 300 Watt construction lamp beneath the table!

Now, to complete your miniature of the Black Gate you might want to construct the stony plain in front of the gate, as well as the hills on either side. Unlike the preceding Black Gate-articles this supplement will inform you in rather general lines about our way of approach. But that shouldn't be much of a problem for someone who went through the burly gates already.

The Morannon board template can be found at the next link:

Materials used: MDF (6mm thickness)
Small broken stones
Modelling gravel (Games Workshop)
Wood glue
Structure paint (for us: "Decofit-P")
Polyurethane foam (spray can)
Paints used: ColorWorks High Temp Anthracite (Grey)
CW High Temp Black
CW Primer White
CW Chocolate Brown
CW Reseda Green
CW Orange Red
Tools used: Fretsaw (for us: "Skandia", saw blade no. 6)
Hobby knife
Sand paper (fine grain)
Set square

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