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With the opening of [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) only weeks away, we were treated to our last Hobbity tidbit before the big thing with the release of the final trailer of the film days ago.

But with more than four weeks left to wait, I need a little more to get me through the final stretch, and luckily I found these amazing images of the miniature sets used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Cutely nicknamed 'bigatures' (for obvious reasons), these scaled down sets helped bring the amazing world of J.R.R Tolkien to life and make some of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history.

Check them out for yourself:


Minas Tirith

The capital of Gondor was a city surrounded by wall fortifications, it briefly appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring and was a central location in The Return of the King.



Barad-dûr was the fortress of Sauron in Mordor, an enormous 1400 meters tall and held together by dark magic. After the destruction of the One Ring, the tower was destroyed as it was using the Ring's magic to hold it together and without it, it collapsed.


The Gates of Argonath

The Gates of Argonath were a huge monument which stood on either side of the River Anduin. Audiences will recognize it from it from The Fellowship of the Ring.

For those of you who don't know the dude standing in between the gates, that's Richard Taylor, the founder of Weta Workshop. It's thanks to Richard and his team that the worlds in Lord of the Rings became a reality.



The city of Rivendell was home to the Elves. It's at Rivendell that the Council of Elrond is called and the Fellowship is established.


Check out the whole video on Weta Workshops amazing use of "bigatures" in the Lord of the Rings triology:


Do you prefer the Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Hobbit?

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