This Map is an entry in the completed Nether Empire Project Contest.

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Barad Dur[12th Place]

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History(from the LOTR Wiki):

Barad-dûr was built by Sauron in the land of Mordor, not far from the volcano called Mount Doom (Orodruin). The construction of the tower begun around the year SA 1000, and took six hundred years to complete. It was the greatest fortress ever built since the War of Wrath and the fall of Angband, and much of Sauron's personal power went into it.

Barad-dûr was under siege for seven years by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, and was leveled after Sauron's defeat at the end of the Second Age, but because it was created using the power of the One Ring, its foundations could not be destroyed completely while the Ring itself still existed. Isildur failed to destroy the Ring, and so the tower was re-built when Sauron returned to Mordor thousands of years later.

Some time near the end of the Third Age (TA 3009 - TA 3017), Gollum was captured and taken to Barad-dûr, while Gandalf and Aragorn were also searching for him. He was tortured, and thus Sauron learned that the One Ring had been found, and heard the words Shire and Baggins, before releasing Gollum in TA 3017.

Only when Frodo Baggins (and Gollum) destroyed the One Ring, the Tower was finally brought down. Without Sauron's power from the ring to sustain it, it could not stand. Barad-dûr collapsed to ruin, from base up, and Sauron was finally defeated.

The Dark Tower was described as existing on a massive scale so large it was almost surreal, although Tolkien does not provide much detail beyond its size and immense strength. Since it had a "topmost tower" (the location of the Window of the Eye, from which the Eye of Sauron gazed out over Middle-earth), it presumably had multiple towers. It is otherwise described as dark and surrounded in shadow, so that it could not be clearly seen. It was known to have giant caverns or "Pits" under the immense structure which could have been prisons.

I am a HUGE Lord of the rings fan, and have always wanted to build something from Middle Earth in Minecraft.

So when i saw there was a Nether empire contest,I was like "Omg I am SOO like totally doing barad dur!".

The whole structure reached the height limit, and was reduced to do so :(

I listened to ALOT of Deadmau5 while building this, which helped keep me going.

That bout' covers it.

This took a heck of a long time to make, So if you think this is a Cool project with quality work put into it, Please consider giving it a diamond.

Additional Notes

This is Not intended to be a 100% accurate replica.
Progress100% complete

2 Update Logs

Update #2 : by Jelozier101 09/10/2013 10:18:23 amSep 10th, 2013

fixed errors in Desc

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01/11/2015 9:18 am
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Momomees's Avatar
it is just amazing
07/18/2014 8:01 am
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Aragorn_Elfstone's Avatar
THAT's so awesome!!!
02/27/2014 4:29 am
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MTsteel's Avatar
You should make sauron's eye on top. (maybe using 1.8 world textures?) or stained glass.
02/14/2014 9:04 pm
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Punkamoar's Avatar
The .zip folder isn't working for me
01/11/2014 2:42 am
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Esr213's Avatar
152'nd diamond deserved. Could've gone for 155th, but that would have been a while >.> I really like this! I entered myself, but failed to complete it in the alloted time. I had a bunch of ideas I wanted to use, yet...timewise, it didn't turn out so great. Congrats! ^^
12/23/2013 5:14 pm
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Rocketman2301's Avatar
Too bad you didn't put the Eye.
12/25/2013 9:35 pm
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Jelozier101's Avatar
I agree that the eye would be the cherry on top, but after many failed attempts(I Spent an Entire day trying), I decided better to have no eye, than to have a bad one.
12/04/2013 5:47 pm
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150th diamond, as deserved.
12/08/2013 11:11 pm
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Jelozier101's Avatar
Congratulations, well deserved indeed
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11/15/2013 2:02 pm
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