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The Shire


"Forty leagues it stretched from the Far Downs to the Brandywine Bridge, and fifty from the northern moors to the marshes in the south. The Hobbits named it the Shire, as the region of the authority of their Thain, and a district of well-ordered business; and there in that pleasant comer of the world they plied their well-ordered business of living, and they heeded less and less the world outside where dark things moved, until they came to think that peace and plenty were the rule in Middle-earth and the right of all sensible folk."



This is ArdaCraft's recreation of the Shire, the idyllic homeland of the hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. This forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety.

32 villages have been built in the Shire, as well as around sixty seperate farmhouses (and farmlands around them). There are also areas of wilderness such as forests, bogs, marshes and moorland, many of which have been built by hand and all of which have a meticulous level of detail and thought put into them. Everything is built down to the last word of Tolkien's description, and takes only minimal visual cues from the films. Furthermore, a wealth of historical and geographical research has gone into this recreation - for example, the farmland is based off the late Victorian English landscape Tolkien grew up in, and different rock types and layers have been used to more closely simulate a realistic landscape.

The result is a large, detailed and immersive recreation of the Shire in which you will find places of interest whichever path you take.



The Shire 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 in our website at http://ardacraft.me/.
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Project complete! : 01/21/2016 5:34:41 pmJan 21st, 2016

The Shire has just been completed! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us - whether you built on the server, took a look around, or just gave us a diamond, it is all greatly appreciated. ArdaCraft now looks to the west...
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You guys never cease to amaze me. :) Good work you guys! Another diamond fro you!
  • SGTRedd
  • Level 22
  • Expert Modder
  • January 23, 2016, 1:00 am
So charming! Even a small sample download would be epic....
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 23, 2016, 2:07 am
That would only work for you if you had our modpack, and if you had our modpack you might as well join the server.
  • Greenwindu
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • January 22, 2016, 10:19 am
This is absolutely stunning, I love the rustic feel and how you've really captured the essence and peace of the Shire. I'm definitely going to be visiting later on, this is outstanding work.
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 22, 2016, 10:56 am
Many thanks - look forward to seeing you online. Got some WorldPainted terrain you might be interested in taking a look at too. :)
  • Greenwindu
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • January 23, 2016, 6:34 am
You know me too well! I'd love to have a look at the terrain. Downloading the modpack soon, I'll see you online!
  • R3ktInPiece
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 22, 2016, 3:23 am
AMAZING! Great job Arda! Will it be updated to 1.7.9?
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 22, 2016, 5:58 am
Thank you! We're on 1.7.10.
  • R3ktInPiece
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 22, 2016, 7:20 am
I meant 1.8, but nevermind I checked it out c;
  • sonofdad123
  • Level 46
  • Master Geek
  • January 21, 2016, 4:44 pm
What an achievement! I'm happy y'all finished it!
  • abeille
  • Level 27
  • Expert Botanist
  • January 21, 2016, 12:56 pm
What resource pack did you use? Or did you make it?? Anyways the resource pack looks great!
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 21, 2016, 2:17 pm
It's a custom edit of Conquest with mod blocks added to allow more variety and creativity.
  • MarcTaylor
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • January 21, 2016, 12:52 pm
You have to make a survival games map! :o
It would be amazing with the amount of detail you put into your projects.
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 21, 2016, 12:40 pm
100% Completed! This is a good day for the server!
DUDE WHAT THE HELL ?! First, it looks amazing i love what you did there !! this style and this atmosphere, especially hobbiton :D. BUT, now the second point, wich is quiet interesting actually, i have a question. WHY THE HELL can you use metadata AND 1.8 3D models together ?....i never could ._. PLZ TELL ME YOUR SECRET ! This would make minecraft literally perfect !
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • September 25, 2015, 5:13 pm
We're not using 1.8 3D models, we're on 1.7.10.
  • Glaridon_
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • August 23, 2015, 12:50 pm
If anyone is having trouble installing the modpack hop onto our forums and the Ardacraft community will help you out! =)
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 8, 2015, 4:37 pm
Now Bree is completed, Michel Delving has been opened up, and as the other Bree-land villages are getting completed, more West Farthing villages will be opened and worked on. The Shire is getting closer and closer to completion. :)
  • Barrylex
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 3, 2015, 4:41 am
Yey! 75% done! Happy to see the serv grow
Just wait till you see Breeland when it's done. ^^ Should honestly make a project page for that, aswell as Barrow Downs.
This is seriously so cool!
  • bjbrown84
  • Level 44
  • Master Architect
  • July 4, 2015, 11:51 pm
Everyone loves the shire! xD
How come that the Shire has got more diamonds than the actual main project? :P
  • Glaridon_
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • August 23, 2015, 12:50 pm
I bet it's the cover picture :P
  • Ovenfrite
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • June 27, 2015, 3:00 pm
You have started a really ambitious project, but from what you've done so far, the first word is : amazing. I really appreciate the details you've put in the nature as it creates a alchemy with your buildings.
Yea the project is simply massive, middle earth at a 1:58 scale. Right now we are focussing on finishing the first map section, which is the Shire and Bree-land and everything in between. Afterwards we will go west, to Lindon and the Ered Luin, which section is at least 6 times larger. Tho i feel it will take less time since it's barely populated.
  • TheStromxx
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • June 27, 2015, 11:46 am
beautiful!!
it looks amazing !! what texture pack did you use
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • June 26, 2015, 9:53 am
Conquest Rp as a base, with some custom textures, as well as added vanilla blocks with our mod.
Hey nice build you got there its amazing :)
  • Haisn
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Architect
  • June 26, 2015, 2:46 am
Very stable and warm place. The bgm of shire is automatically played in my head xD
  • Valxore
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • June 26, 2015, 12:48 am
Really nice!
Although, the video would be 100x better with the official 'shire' theme song. :P
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • June 26, 2015, 9:54 am
Didn't want to risk any copyright issues.
  • Vizius_
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Unicorn
  • June 25, 2015, 11:49 am
nice job =o
  • fov360
  • Level 42
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • June 25, 2015, 3:32 am
Incredibly awesome!
  • KoLusim
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 25, 2015, 2:29 am
Dowwwnloooaaddd? :'(
Won't ever be downloadable, as the map gets bigger it's also simply too large of a file to be able to give it as a download.
Just play on our server if you want to see it. :)
  • GrayRemnant
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • June 24, 2015, 2:25 pm
This is incredibly beautiful!  Keep up the fantastic work!  :D
omf, too hot ;-;

+32131 diamonds
  • bowbuilder
  • Level 41
  • Master Blacksmith
  • June 24, 2015, 12:26 pm
fancyy
Looks so mazing! I'm missing the words to describe how much Iove it <3
  • Evakobold
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • June 24, 2015, 11:10 am
Looks brilliant.
I think you can describe this as a "Far green country under a swift sunrise" ^^.
Looking forward to seeing more!
  • Fart_plays
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • June 24, 2015, 8:34 am
Sackville... hehee
Nice man.
  • CrankerMan
  • Level 41
  • Master Architect
  • June 24, 2015, 6:19 am
The detail on each of the single houses is incredible! The little farms and gardens! I also really like how believable and immersive the terrain looks! I'll check this out on your server this weekend for sure!
Hope to see you soon then!
  • Desotar
  • Level 21
  • Expert Artist
  • June 24, 2015, 3:05 am
Looks great and lovely with a lot of detail, like the shire shoud be! Great job! Hope to see more lotr builds of you :)
We're going to do all of Middle Earth, at the moment we're focussing on finishing the North Farthing, and the village of Bree. We also litterally just started on the Barrow Downs.
  • Desotar
  • Level 21
  • Expert Artist
  • June 24, 2015, 9:37 am
Great! Keeping my eyes open then!!! :)
Feel free to hop on, since there's alot more to see than what the PMC page could ever show. :)
love it , what shaders did you use?
  • CrankerMan
  • Level 41
  • Master Architect
  • June 24, 2015, 6:16 am
Conquest of the Sun (look for it in the resourcepacks thread on MCForums) and SEUS Complete GI V2 which I think is not published to the public.
Don't forget Kuda V5
I belive it's Conquset of the sun by Monsterfish(he is also the creator of the resource pack used in this viedo, Conquest)
  • Kemce
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • June 24, 2015, 12:13 am
Wooho! Epic!
  • Borajax007
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 24, 2015, 12:09 am
Really impressive!
  • Jusserhead
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • June 23, 2015, 10:39 pm
I need this in my life.
In that case feel free to hop on. :)
You can get our launcher or modpack from our website:
http://ardacraft.me/
Yeee
  • drasoli
  • Level 23
  • Expert Architect
  • June 23, 2015, 8:14 pm
The atmosphere is real.
Magnificent work!
  • BlockBase
  • Level 25
  • Expert Crafter
  • June 23, 2015, 7:19 pm
This is gonna turn out amazing. I can tell.
This is just perfect
Oh i just love this! i have seen this before a while back on your channel. And i love your use of the conquest texturepack. i can see there are new additions you added, mods i asume? i really would love to join in but im not too sure how to. i went on the website signed into engin and i still couldnt figure out how to sign up
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • June 23, 2015, 5:49 pm
http://ardacraft.me/
We now have a launcher available. Just go to the modpack tab, download and follow the simple instructions.
You will also have to register on our forums to get online. Just post in the help section if you have any issues!
This looks so great. I've always wanted to make a farm that looks like that. Teach me please!
Come onto our server and we can teach you! Our farmlands are mostly lead by Ben92SWE who studies farming in general and knows basically tonns of stuff about it.
Rad.
  • Glov
  • Level 23
  • Expert Fisherman
  • June 23, 2015, 3:30 pm
Neat

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