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The City of Minas Tirith Built With 420,000 Matchsticks

I’m always fascinated by the amount of Tolkien-inspired fan art I find on the internet, but I had never seen an entire city built completely out of matchsticks, let alone thousands of matchsticks!

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The Iowa artist behind the design is Pat Acton, who started using matchsticks as a medium in 1977, after graduating from college. From April 7, 2007, to February 15, 2010, Acton built the city of Minas Tirith exactly as it appears in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, using 420,000 matchsticks plus other 24,000 wooden blocks to build Mount Monduillon, which acts as a support to the structure.

Acton’s work has been admirable. You can clearly spot all the detailing that went into the White Tower of Ecthelion, the Tree of Gondor, the Citadel, and even the individual buildings. This masterpiece was on display in 2011 at the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center in Gladbrook, Iowa.

You can see more pictures and a full description of the art work at Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center website.

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One Comment

  1. This is amazing what some people achieve with the most simplest things! Someday I have to try it as well, but I doubt I’ll be nearly as good as Pat Acton.