80,000 bricks to rule them all? Teens build The Hobbit’s Erebor in LEGO

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The looming LEGO structure is a painstaking replica of the dwarves’ home, Erebor, in the heart of Middle Earth. The location, described by J.R.R. Tolkein in The Hobbit, has been brought to life by Peter Jackson’s three-part movie adaptation, the second of which is in cinemas this Christmas.

While Jackson’s blockbusting fantasy is big, though, Blake Baer and Jack Bittner’s LEGO creation gives the word “epic” a whole new meaning.

Erebor, or The Kingdom Under the Mountain, is the rocky home of the dwarves – led by Thorin Oakenshield – and where the powerful Arkenstone was originally discovered while mining in the caves. Now, myth tells us that it is lost and guarded by a monstrous dragon…


There’s no sign of a LEGO Smaug in the 17 and 18 year old boys’ creation, but the 80,000 brick home is no less impressive. It the pair approximately 400 hours to build and weighs 200lbs, reports Gizmodo .

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