Tolkien's City of Kings made from matchsticks

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Marevelous matchstick artist Patrick Acton - maker of the matchstick Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, matchstick battleship, matchstick Notre Dame, and dozens of other sculptures - is currently building a model of JRR Tolkien's City of Kings from the Lord of the Rings. He expects the model to be completed next year. Acton is proprietor of the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center in Gladbrook, Iowa and you can also see many of his models online. Matchstick Marvels (thanks, Kirsten!)


  1. That’s totally an incredible artwork. I’m wondering how much effort he has put on it.

    Another incredible artwork….

    Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun built the world’s biggest train set which covers 1,150 square metres (12,380 square feet), features almost six miles of track and is still not complete. I guess this is the most detailed train set ever, as it includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars – many with illuminated headlights and 160,000 individually designed figures. And there’re 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day. Visit here to see the pictures

  2. Next project after completion: a recreation of the deleted chapter, “The Burning of Minas Tirith”

  3. i might be a pyromaniac, but i would love to light that on fire and see the matches burn… :P

  4. It seems like the attacking Orcs could have just waited for a careless smoker to walk by instead of wasting so much time with the catapults and such.

  5. I wanna see matchstick Mt. Gundabad. I always liked that name. Gundabad. Right? Sp? where the northern misty mountains meet that other e-w range? Goblin wars and what not?

    also: Tolkein. (@1)

  6. When showing a work of art in your blog, it would be appropriate to use its correct title and to mention that you are show an incomplete work in progress.

  7. How about a Lego Minas Tirith?

    LOTR geekery: I’m afraid it is more Alan Lee/ Peter Jackson/ whoever created the film model than Tolkien.

    “For the fashion of Minas Tirith was such that it was built on seven levels, each delved into the hill, and about each was set a wall, and in each wall a gate.”

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