Right now the only fantasy world people are talking about is Westeros and the battle for the Iron Throne, but never forget: The Lord of the Rings is better (don’t @ me).
I’m definitely not the only person who feels this way, as the LOTR-worshippers and Minecraft builders over at Minecraft Middle Earth have been hard at work recreating Tolkien’s world in the Mojang title [via Unilad].
Honestly, it’s something to behold.
The group describes itself as “a Minecraft community that recreates the world described by JRR Tolkien and his writings. Everyone can participate in organized events in which we collaborate to create major landmarks, terrain, caves, castles, towns, farms and more.”
The collaborative efforts so far are honestly breathtaking, as these Minecraft builders have done a job that even the most finicky of dwarves would be proud of.
Existing realms in the project include the likes of Lothlórien, Rohan, Gondor and Moria just to name a few.
The work that’s gone into the recreations is honestly flawless. Just check out this screenshot of the Argonath (those are the statues of “great kings of old,” in case you’ve forgotten).
If you’re keen to join the community you’d best be prepared to work for it. You’ll start off building roads and basic things and you’ll need to work your way to the top to become one of the master crafters of the group. Find out more about the roles right here, or check out the new player guide right here.
Please note: this is a place for dedicated builders and LOTR fans, and not a place for you to re-enact the Battle of Helm’s Deep. If you’re looking for more of an RPG then this Skyrim/Lord of the Rings mod might be more up your alley.
Featured Image Credit: MC Middle Earth