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Level 51 : Grandmaster Enderdragon
I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books and movies, and I enjoy recreating those great monuments and castles in Minecraft. I built Helm's Deep and Isengard without using "cheats", but they looked pretty mediocre. So, for both your and my benefit, I decided to not to mine all of my materials the fair way. It's not completely done yet, but since I won't have the opportunity to work on it for a very long time, I wanted to get this save file out to you before I left.

Scale: Walls aren't to scale with the tower. The walls should be tiny compared to the tower, but if I did that then there would be no fortress at all due to the max height being so low, so I made the fortress about 1:1 but the tower 1:8 (very roughly).

Also, to make the fortress more interesting I added shops and things that a normal fortress would have. The alternative was to have a lot of empty space, which looks horrible.

It's on arnoritter1991's Minas Tirith map (give him a thumbs up!) so you can compare his Minas Tirith with my Barad-dur. A kind of juxtaposition of good and evil, if you will. It also provides some scenery so you don't have to look at empty wasteland.

True to my word, I have uploaded the save file ahead of schedule. Thank you guys for being supportive!
Progress: 100% Complete

Update #7 : 06/07/2011 11:36:21 pm6/07/11

Save file is up! After many weeks, I have finally done it. Enjoy!

Update #6 : 06/05/2011 10:14:06 am6/05/11

After a long time, I have finished the multiple levels within each ring of walls, filled out the lava moat better, and made the fortress more convenient to walk through.

The place is a nightmare to get around, still, but at least it's at least possible now. Since no one has given me any suggestions on the interior I will be simply putting whatever comes to mind. Five more days to release, hang in there!

Update #5 : 05/06/2011 10:14:26 am5/06/11

No pictures with this update, but take my word for it.

I am preoccupied with other things at the moment, but rest assured work on Barad-dur will resume shortly. I have filled all the "shops" with items, I have built additional walkways, and the library is complete.

The tower interior is coming along nicely, but I'm running low on ideas and now I'm just trying to fill up space. Any reasonable suggestions for things to add to the fortress or the tower would be greatly appreciated.

Update #4 : 04/15/2011 5:47:21 am4/15/11

Added additional torches to improve lighting, but more is needed on the inside. Also, the hallways are in the process of being completed. The walls have 2-3 floors in them, and it's a real pain to get it done.

Update #3 : 04/14/2011 3:16:07 am4/14/11

Shifted the tower around a little to match up with other buildings. Added items to the shops on the left side. Filled in part of the floor in the back.

I think I'm only building one barracks. Those orcs can sleep on the floor.

Update #2 : 04/12/2011 6:07:14 am4/12/11

Lava moat finished. I have added even more stairs/walls to my fortress now, and it's a complete mess. Once again, Sauron's architectural style emphasizes its lack of convenience/sense.

I'm lazy to finish the back of the castle and add in a barracks. I feel more like doing the inside of the tower.

Update #1 : 04/10/2011 7:40:51 am4/10/11

Interior of the fortress mostly completed, except for the walls. Some lava in the moat now, but not enough.

Tower still needs an interior, need to build the barracks and library. Because orcs really love to read.

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was this made in survival
  • TeamKobus2
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • December 13, 2014, 12:00 am
  • Vaska
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • September 10, 2014, 12:00 pm
I like the Barad Dur, Just not tall enough
  • CNCminecraft
  • Level 71
  • Legendary Engineer
  • August 31, 2013, 7:08 pm
Keep bringing us great stuff! Diamond and subbed!
  • Apocalyptic
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • April 8, 2013, 9:02 pm
This looks AW... TERRIBLE!
  • VethMC
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 2, 2013, 5:39 am
102 DIAMOND! :)
this is awesome
  • shadowspade7
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • February 28, 2013, 5:55 am
I downloaded and installed the map and its taking an extremely long time to convert.
  • yoshys
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 5, 2013, 8:27 am
WHOA that is awsome!!! Diamond!
  • Anyone 45
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • December 13, 2012, 5:40 pm
PLEASE MAKE IT A .JAR FILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • momo32
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 9, 2012, 6:46 am
One does not simply

Enter Mordor!

It's an epic map. had it on my old lap top before the screen broke :o
you should have made a cool texture pack for this
  • scoobybones
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • September 8, 2012, 5:32 am
  • killenraxel
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 16, 2012, 12:19 pm
aah virus and i was hopeing to play this map
  • Kozume
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Pony
  • October 27, 2012, 1:57 pm
No virus, your Anti Virus is just a piece of crap.
  • fp8122
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Creeper
  • August 15, 2012, 8:10 am
how do i use it in game?
  • gperson21
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 23, 2012, 1:05 pm
yeah pleas make a .jar file cause i dont want to download a virus
NOOOOOOOOO! Its a .rar! Please change it! Please,please,please please!
  • TNTfreaks
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • June 13, 2012, 7:23 pm
Deal With It, You Can Just Unzip It...
Well how can I do that when I can't even download it due to the fact that it is a .rar -.- I can't change it,if I can't download it on my computer.
Why you cant download rar files?
get winrar
  • jolan
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • June 6, 2012, 10:26 am
  • jolan
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • June 6, 2012, 10:26 am
for some reason i dont take any damage in this place yet in every other world of mine i do plz respond asap and ignore the last question about .zip i found it out thank you
may you please make into .zip it would make it so much easier thank you
also if not please tell me what i have to extract.
me and my friends are building minas too : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P09EBhFeDW0
pls watch and give us tips
  • chloeeolhc
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • May 14, 2012, 10:05 am
Just whoa
  • chloeeolhc
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • May 14, 2012, 10:05 am
ammm why it wont start to download?!
hay you sood up date it senes the new hight level
  • Aidanater
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Blacksmith
  • May 18, 2012, 10:42 am
just extract it
  • will0311
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 29, 2012, 2:11 am
It's amazing!!!!

Have a diamond. Where do you put it after turning it into a file?
  • Pyrotyger721
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • April 28, 2012, 5:09 pm
That's pretty sick dude nice job.Here's a diamond
  • Gawfield305
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Spelunker
  • March 16, 2012, 2:49 pm
Its just a friken .rar file. please convert it to a .zip file
it wont convert to the anvil
D: ITS NOT DOWNLOADING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT LOCKS COMPLETELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • thoompie7
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 20, 2012, 3:59 am
  • sumo377stucki
  • Level 26
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • January 13, 2012, 3:37 pm
Totaly epic dude 1,000 diamonds for you lol
  • gab51299
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • December 28, 2011, 2:06 am
Is this even possible? AWESOME
  • fyromaster
  • Level 22
  • Expert Geek
  • December 1, 2011, 12:28 pm
Can I post these pix for on my server man? I have both of these. U RULE!
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • December 14, 2011, 8:30 pm
Post them anywhere you'd like. Just say where you got it.
  • fyromaster
  • Level 22
  • Expert Geek
  • December 15, 2011, 11:03 am
thanks man.
great replica fantastic
  • CarterKhoury
  • Level 24
  • Expert Architect
  • September 8, 2011, 11:11 am
Incredible. But one thing though. Barad-dur is actaully around a a mile high (1600 meters, 4800 ft). Idk if u meant your minecraft version or the actual tower in the movies.But anyways very impressive! Its hard to build utterly MASSIVE fortresses and towers in minecraft because of the sky-limit. But great job!
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • September 9, 2011, 2:08 am
Thanks! Yeah, my calculations are pretty inaccurate, I agree. I guess I deserve it for doing the math after I was halfway through construction and trying to make the numbers fit my design instead of vice versa.
  • Nicholas
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 29, 2011, 3:22 pm
INCREDIBLE now is just missing only gondor more detail u know i cant belive that no one have done it yet =O
  • grillyoll
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Network
  • July 1, 2011, 9:49 pm
  • gameos7
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Modder
  • June 26, 2011, 2:39 am
hey looks awesome cant wait to ply but i cant use the file i doesnt comes as a folder :S
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • June 19, 2011, 7:51 pm
It's a .rar file, so just use winrar or similar software to extract the file, which will give you the folder you want.
  • Kusokurae
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 5, 2011, 1:29 pm
how do you do it on Mac?
Do you just place it in world folder after that?
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • August 6, 2011, 9:04 pm
Yeah, unzip the folder and put it with the rest of your worlds. Shouldn't be much different from windows, I think.
  • barack15
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Archer
  • June 9, 2011, 1:34 am
OMG this is awesome!
  • Alunya
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 8, 2011, 1:26 pm
Soo... I just downloaded the world save and i see nothing, just a normal map, Either i did somethign wrong or theres nothing on this map any help ?
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • June 8, 2011, 7:12 pm
Are you extracting the file into the .minecraft/saves folder? I tested it out again and it worked fine for me.

Anyone else having issues with the map?
  • Alunya
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 9, 2011, 10:56 am
I tried again, downloaded, extracted all the files into the saves one and I start under like 30 blocks of stone come to the surface and its just a normal map.
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • June 10, 2011, 3:16 pm
This is strange. I ran a few tests to see if I could replicate the same issue. I tried downloading it on my friend's computer running windows XP, and it worked. In addition, I tried it on yet another friend's computer running windows 7. Not sure about vista. I also ran it on different versions of Minecraft (1.3, 1.4, 1.6) without error. This leads me to the conclusion that the error is not with my file but on your side. If you don't mind, can you walk me through your process?
  • Alunya
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 11, 2011, 11:28 am
It's ok now, I got someone to download it and turn the tower into a shematic for me to use
  • K1N6
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • June 7, 2011, 9:04 pm
Very nice done, check my barrad dur ^^
  • iRapp
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 48
  • Master Technomancer
  • June 6, 2011, 3:43 pm
Wow, just saw this by chance. I'm a huge LOTR fan, and this is absolutely incredible! I especially love how you used the Minas Tirith for comparison (also, good job giving credit, a lot of people steal that Minas Tirith). It's very impressive, and very tastefully done!
  • Brennan1129
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • May 28, 2011, 5:23 pm
10,000 views??? Man.. I don't think I can wait that long! =)
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • May 28, 2011, 7:04 pm
I can't wait that long either, and have decided to release in a few days instead.
  • Kable
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Crafter
  • May 28, 2011, 2:16 am
i watched ur vid, what song is it? :)
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • May 28, 2011, 5:49 am
The intro song is from Rome: Total War and the second song is Requiem for a Dream. I originally had different audio from the LOTR soundtrack but WMG wouldn't allow it.
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • May 23, 2011, 12:34 am
Alright guys, I will release the save file when my Youtube video gets 10,000 views. So the more people you ask to watch it, the faster you will get the world save. Advertise, spread the word, spam, do whatever it takes to get to that 10k views mark. The map is done, but I don't want to release until I know enough people are interested. Thank you!
oh yes! i've been waiting my whole life for you...please make this a save file!!
  • LOuis25
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 10, 2011, 9:47 am
when u publish(and i hope u do because it looks amazing) will u put it on a save file?
  • Aaronss
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 19, 2011, 12:08 am
i really wish this was actual word not mc edit still awesom as anyway can i get a burad dur tutoial if anyone has
  • GammaRay
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Enderdragon
  • May 6, 2011, 6:10 am
If I actually did everything the normal way, I'd still be working on it now (and wouldn't finish for a few months), and you wouldn't be able to see it at all. MCEdit only performed the tasks which required lots of repetition (e.g. walls). I want to emphasize that MCEdit doesn't build amazing structures for you, you still have to do work. A lot of work, actually.

I don't think there is a real tutorial for Barad-dur in existence, but once I release the save file you can take a look at how I did it for some ideas.

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