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"Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, `a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all'. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness."

- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Book II, Ch.1, 'Many Meetings'




Rivendell

Lore

This is ArdaCraft's recreation of Rivendell (also known as Imladris), an elven outpost on the edge of the Misty Mountains hidden in a remote valley. Because of its location, it was called "The Last Homely House East of the Sea" from the point of view of a traveller heading towards the Misty Mountains and Wilderland. By the time of The Lord of the Rings, it had been continuously inhabited for over 4700 years by the Elves, under the lordship of Elrond.

Rivendell had a strong alliance with the Kings of Arnor, and after the fall of Arthedain it became a refuge for the Rangers of the North and the heirs of Isildur. Besides Elrond himself, notable Elves who lived there included Arwen and Glorfindel.

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Construction

Rivendell started as a huge bowl of sand, which was voxeled by the two project leaders. Trees and vegetation were added, and the biomes and blocks carefully edited by hand to acheive the best result possible. The house itself was drafted around 14 times before the final design was settled upon. As always, we paid the utmost attention to the lore, and every aspect of the House is represented - from the rooms Tolkien described to paintings and tapestries on the walls depicting the history of the Elves.

Furthermore, our focus on realism means that there are various workshops in the house's cellars and farmed gardens around the house, meaning that the Elves who lived there could be nearly entirely self-sufficient (excluding shipments of grain from the Dúnedain who farmed lands to the south-west).

A possible inspiration could have been Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, which Tolkien visited in 1911:

"I am... delighted that you have made the acquaintance of Switzerland, and of the very part that I once knew best and which had the deepest effect on me. The hobbit’s journey from Rivendell to the other side of the Misty Mountains, including the glissade down the slithering stones into the pine woods, is based on my adventures in 1911 [he was 19 and travelled to Lauterbrunnen]... Our wanderings mainly on foot in a party of 12 are not now clear in sequence, but leave many vivid pictures as clear as yesterday."

As such, we based many aspects of the valley off Lauterbrunnen. Furthermore, Tolkien painted a watercolour of the valley itself, which is included in the slideshow above. This was our primary source for the valley's layout.

For anyone who is interested in seeing a detailed timeline of the valley's construction, the Rivendell project thread on our forums provides a good overview.

The entire valley is filled with little details which no amount of screenshots could do justice to - we highly recommend you come and see it for yourself!



Rivendell forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to wheellee and jacenpeter for leading this project, and to the entire community of builders for helping out.

Rivendell can be viewed from above on ArdaCraft's dynmap. There is no download avaliable, but ArdaCraft is a non-whitelisted server which anyone is welcome to come and explore, provided they have installed our modpack first.

All information can be found on our website.
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04/29/2018 1:27 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
AlienDark12
What shader are you using?
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03/30/2018 12:01 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Blacksmith
Hrolfr
Vemu! Looks amazing! I like it!
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03/20/2018 7:36 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Blockhead
Mine Maus Craft
Another very lovely building!
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03/18/2018 12:24 pm
Level 45 : Master Pixel Puncher
fov360
Is this still Minecraft or is it already art? Mere the scenery is a pure pleasure to look at. Not speaking of all the small details that breathe life into the every single room and place. This whole Ardacraft middle earth project is simply breathtaking.
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03/19/2018 8:04 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you! We're glad that the passion we have for what we do is so obvious :D
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03/09/2018 2:33 am
Level 1 : New Miner
LordMegaByte
I have been following the progress on your server for quite some time and hungrily devour any screenshots or videos that you guys upload. Unfortunately my computer can't handle modded minecraft otherwise I would have joined you guys ages ago. I am a huge fan of the Tolkien Legendarium and am glad to see it being reconstructed in such meticulous detail. Keep up the amazing work, I hope to see this project completed all the way from Forodwaith to Harad and from the Sundering Sea to the Sea of Rhun.
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03/09/2018 11:29 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you! We hope for the same result!

You should save up for a better computer, we always appreciate new members who love Tolkien's work as much as we do.
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03/02/2018 2:58 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Architect
Rainmaker84
This is amazing! Would it be possible to get this slice of art downloadable? =) Incredible work.
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03/02/2018 4:12 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Hey! You can join the ArdaCraft server and type /warp Rivendell to see it for yourself. Check out our PMC page here: www.planetminecraft.com/server/ardacraft-3119330/
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03/02/2018 4:08 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Guan_Yu007
I doubt there will be a download. You can easily find the build on our server tho.
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03/02/2018 7:01 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Answer
Crt_93t
Love The Hobbit! This Is Just Right For Rp!
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03/02/2018 5:27 am
Level 26 : Expert Architect
Landscape - Team
It is just fantastic !
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03/02/2018 6:25 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you!
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03/02/2018 12:05 am
Level 32 : Artisan Architect
_UnknownEntity
MAGIC YOSEMITE
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03/02/2018 4:09 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Guan_Yu007
Lauterbrunnen you mean
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02/28/2018 6:17 pm
Level 28 : Expert Engineer
TheCactus27
Not really a fan of the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings, but I love the cliffs and mountains!
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02/28/2018 5:28 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Warrior
Boenndal
I am silenced by the beauty of this build.. I can describe it with only two words : truly amazing!
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02/28/2018 10:50 am
Level 81 : Elite Architect
lynchyinc
I've never been so excited over cliffs and rocks before haha.

An amazing job, once again.

Truly, in my opinion, the greatest building group and large scale project in all of Minecraft.
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03/02/2018 7:01 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Answer
Crt_93t
Lol. Same. Don't Know Why Im So Excited And Amazed XD
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02/28/2018 12:06 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thanks lynchy - as always your support means a lot. Please come and check it out in-game when you have the time!
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02/27/2018 4:17 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Terraformer
DarthEnigma
Perfect, as usual. This is, in my opinion, the project that best shows the true potential of Conquest Reforged.
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02/27/2018 4:44 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thanks, Darth
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02/27/2018 3:39 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Musician
Fighterbear12
Incredible. Truly beautiful, and the photo editing makes everything even better. Minecraft has come a really long way since I started in 2012... hah.
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02/27/2018 4:38 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you! We've definitely progressed a lot since we first started building too.
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02/27/2018 11:45 am
Level 40 : Master Mage
DSJDV
This is breathtakingly beautiful, transcending the limitations of minecraft into a true piece of art.
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02/27/2018 12:02 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Many thanks! Please consider joining our build team!
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02/27/2018 10:13 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Lindalher
So proud to be a part of this amazing project. Excellent work as always!
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02/27/2018 10:29 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
And we're glad to have you!
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02/27/2018 10:03 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Evoken
The mountains you have made look wonderful. Good luck with the project :)
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02/27/2018 10:05 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thanks!
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02/27/2018 9:44 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Guan_Yu007
Turned out amazing!
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02/27/2018 8:32 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
Tolkien builder
Looks awesome as always!
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02/27/2018 8:37 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you!
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