On your marks, get set, GO!
Today, now that a few weeks have passed since the competition opened, I am pleased to share my selection with you.
It was with great pleasure that I discovered each of your 29 creations to be more original than the last! Right now, I want to congratulate everybody. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us and thank you for taking the time to imagine all this. Bravo!
I, therefore, in my best conscience selected the 20 creations that I most prefer. Here we go:
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#1 – Bearracuda
According to legend (which is always a reliable source mind you), the glistening waters of this fountain have been magically enchanted to grant whosoever drinketh from them a single wish. Terms and conditions apply: you may not wish for more wishes, love, immortality, or infinite wealth. You can however, wish for less wishes, if you so wish, but that’s kind of counterintuitive.
#2 – Cirawing
#3 – Dorren
A yule sleigh bearing presents, driven by a pack of friendly wargs and directed by a hammer-wielding dwarf. He might be slightly drunken.
#4 – Dzhemagat
A small flower bed with a statue, a good place for meditation.
#5 – Elainos
The inspiration behind this decoration actually comes from a room I have decorated in my personal house in the Shire. I like to call it my ‘Lake of Gold’ room. Yes, not a very original name I know, I’m working on it! Inside my Lake of Gold room is a fun little scenario played out. Draigoch is in the corner protecting his treasure, while a fleet of Gondorian and Corsair ships attempt to sail through the treacherous lake of gold filled with hidden iceburgs, dangerously protruding crystals and a giant Lake Monster in pursuit of second breakfast! It’s really silly and super fun, but the Draigoch trophy is a fireplace and very difficult to conceal for the concept of the room. This is how I would set up the Draigoch Fireplace in my ‘Lake of Gold’ room, IF I could. IF I had the hooks…..IF only!
#6 – Eriney
Just a bank.
#7 – Faewrien
As a loremaster, all my animals live together in harmony. Just a tiny view of my happy home.
#8 – Haflith
These twin dwarven thrones are joined with a beautiful garland, adorned with precious gemstones, and have treasures lain at foot befitting the royalty whom sit above. Two pennons of Erebor flank their sides and the masterfully-carved figure of a legendary dwarf watches the hall from between.
#9 – Innovation
“The Forgotten Beast”
In ages past, vicious beasts attempted to spread across Middle-earth. Many were sealed away and forgotten. That is . . . until now.
#10 – Khaotil
“The Red Book”
“What incredible secret lies in this book presented in its golden and light box? Why is it entitled to honors while its fellows stay in the shade on the shelves?
For what are the two chandeliers when the ceiling lamp already offers enough light? Would not that break the safety protocols of a library or other building with flammable objects? Find (maybe) all the answers inside the book!”
#11 – Khelsi
Reconstitution of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields
“Little Godric is very happy with his new Playlotro toys and invites all his friends home to play with him—even if Wilfram is tired of always making the orcs’ voices and Matilda has damaged the prow of Minas Tirith (we will blame that on the orcs). Hours of fun are guaranteed! Playlotro: forward the stories!”
#12 – Mal
Attack on the White City
Screenshots don’t really do this justice. It looks so much better in person. Feel free to check it out at 5 Cape Rd. Anorist, Belfalas (just don’t look at the rest of the house…it is just for storage at this time).
#13 – Newland
A place of worship
“A place of worship” is a quiet reflective set dedicated to the Eorl of Rohan. The tapestry hangs at the back of the podium depicts the tale of His crossing into the Anduin. The benches are meant for worshipers pay their respects. The priest will then conduct the sermon upon the podium. “Thou will remain truthful and courageous against the forces of Mordor!” The priest continues his sermons, although people has already forgotten the feats of Eorl, and the benches lay empty and dusty. Author’s words The gondorian candle is not part of the 10 pieces used, but the set was built around this part of the house. I wanted it to have a religious feel but not associated with any particular religion ahem. So the Eorl was chosen. As soon as I saw the stained glass and benches I knew this would be perfect for this set piece. My toon Newland dressed up for the part and used a couple of skills for the final shot!
#14 – Piandao
The Black Throne
#15 – Pixiedust
I’ve decided to call this creation… a Flower Bed! (Pun totally intended.) One spiffy summer morning I was strolling through the garden, minding my own business, when all of a sudden a wave of inspiration struck me. “I say!” I said, “Why don’t I build my beloved pet bunny-rabbit Hopscotch a fantastical garden box made out of an old bed frame?! The little chap would probably like a garden box made out of an old bed frame you know. Why it would give him the most splendidly ideal place to frolic about in on rainy days, and it would brighten up the place! Give it a dash of summer cheer and all that. I say, it’s decided!” I decided, “I’m off to go build a fabulously fabulous garden box for my darling little rabbit!” And so I did. Now the place is a bit cheerier and Hopscotch gets to eat breakfast in bed every morning.
#16 – Ravenwitch
Gondor’s Got Talent
“We now return to GGT! Final contestant Marigold the Ventriloquist is nervously waiting at the backstage, here’s what our judges have to say!” Candaith Jackson: “Yo dawg, I think these acts have potential! Just a little pitchy performance!” Candaith Abdul: “They are just absolutely, absolutely lovely!” Candaith Cowell: “Utterly rubbish performances, maybe they should stick with something more of their alley, house decorating perhaps?”
#17 – Rezlar
Tribute to a Fallen Ranger
Contains the trophies of our hero’s conquest including: A troll he bravely slayed A photo of him and his kin A statue of the ranger A rug from the elvish lands he helped liberate 2 candles from another land he helped A Rohirric tapestry, from his homeland A tapestry of his king A photo of his favourite place A mysterious orb he claimed.
#18 – Shatterbone
The Fireplace of the Lonely Mountain
Constructed around the existing fireplace in my elf home. One Free-standing Door to Mazarbul, two Free-standing Moria Crown columns, two Moria Crown columns, one Moria Sunrise Crystal Brazier, one Hanging Prism Light, one Tapestry of the Great Dragon, and two Moria Ornamental Urns. 10 housing items total. The hobbits have their fireplace. The men have theirs. The elves have theirs. And now the mighty dwarves have The Fireplace of the Lonely Mountain!
#19 – Teberda
#20 – Wyld
Wild caught salmon. “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
Votes / Jury / Rules
I am pleased today to announce the 4 members of the jury I selected for this contest.
The members of the jury are:
- Prunaprismia (Trolls&Chiffons)
- FibroJedi (Fibro’s website)
- Druidsfire (official LotRO streamer)
- and … me!
The voting system:
- Each creation is given an average score from 1 to 10 made up of the public’s and the jury’s votes.
- The weighting is as follows: 30% for the jury’s votes, 70% for the public’s.
- The rewards are listed here.
- You have until Sunday, June 2nd at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Savings time to vote and elect “The X²-Creator.”
- You can rate each creation anything from 1 to 10.
- You can vote for one or more creations; there are no restrictions.
- One vote per person (I’m watching you :p!).
You may vote for yourself if you like.
Results will be announced as soon as is possible after June 3rd.
- Votes like “I give myself a 10 and everyone else a 1” will be refused. You may give yourself a 10, but votes which intentionally attempt to damage the average scores of other creations will not be counted.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Results will be annouced soon!
D&Co du Milieu