Home to Elrond, Rivendell was founded in the year 1697 of the Second Age by the Elven Lord as a haven amid the growing darkness in the north of Middle-earth. Under the protection of Elrond's Ring of Power Vilya, Rivendell was a sanctuary and meeting place for the forces of light and persisted in secrecy and security until the War of the Ring and the fall of Sauron, the enemy. There dwelt the Lady Arwen, and king in exile, Aragorn, came and went as he pleased. Bilbo Baggins called Rivendell home in his declining years, and often it hosted secret war councils and discussions among the leaders of the free peoples. The heirlooms of Middle-earth were gathered there in Elrond's library: Narsil, the sword of Elendil that cut the Ring from Sauron's hand, and Aiglos, the spear of Gil-Galad, among others.
Imladris, the Last Homely House - the Elven settlement was known by many names, though its paths were shrouded in secrecy and enchantment. Perched among waterfalls in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Misty Mountains, Elrond's home provided a safe haven for Thorin's company during the quest for Erebor and Frodo's party when they sought refuge from Sauron's wraiths. It was at Elrond's council in Rivendell that the Fellowship of the Ring was born and the quest to destroy the One began. Even beyond the end of the Third Age, when the Rings of Power were no more and Elrond had passed over the Sea, Rivendell remained, at least for a time, in the keeping of Elrond's sons Elladan and Elrohir.
The Rivendell environment from Weta is based on the miniature featured in The Lord of the Rings and built by the same artists and craftsmen that work on our movies. The combined efforts of 14 people have resulted in a stunningly detailed environment that evokes the serenity and peace of the House of Elrond.
1,200 hours of creativity and attention to detail went into this piece. Every tree, every ornament, every brick was considered and produced to make up the whole. Read more.
In order to ensure nothing happens to your Rivendell in transit, the base has been secured to the packaging with bolts. You will need to loosen these with the included wrench to remove your Rivendell environment.
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The first 300 Rivendell sculptures ordered online are individually numbered on the base and the box. Subsequent orders will not be numbered but part of an open edition.
In addition, the first 300 orders will receive an exclusive "The Road to Rivendell" colour art print (approx 20in x 15in) by Weta Concept Designer Daniel Falconer, part of the Workshop team that helped create The Lord of the Rings trilogy. We will keep you updated on the progress of this print in a series of articles on our site and in our newsletters.
Daniel Falconer led the art direction of this Rivendell environment together with Senior Model Maker, David Tremont. The print will display, in a combination of photographs and illustrations in full colour, the road from conceptual design to finished collectible at Weta Workshop.
Read about the creation of Rivendell in a series of articles by Daniel and David on our website.
Your order confirmation email will state the name of the product you ordered as "Rivendell (First 300 with art print)". On subsequent orders, the product ordered will only be called "Rivendell".
Please Note: Product photos are of a pre-production prototype. This product is hand painted and variations will occur.
In a word Amazing
"Strangers from distant lands. Friends of old. You've been summoned here to... Read more.
"Strangers from distant lands. Friends of old. You've been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle-Earth stands upon the brink of destruction. None can escape it. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom. Bring forth the Ring, Frodo."
-Elrond at the start of the Council of Elrond October 25th, 3018 TA
Rivendell was one of the most demanded places in Middle-Earth to be made into polystone and now the long wait for this to happen as finally come to an end. Now, that it has ended and collectors are starting to receive this item we are finally seeing why this might be one of the most difficult items ever made representing The Lord of the Rings. The folks at Weta specifically Daniel Falconer and David Tremont did an amazing job of capturing the all that is special about Rivendell allowing collectors to own a piece of that.
During the third age Rivendell was the home to Elrond Half-Elven where much of the history and lore of the Elves was stored. Gil-Galad and Elendil gathered at Rivendell during the second age and from there marched to Mordor for what would be known as War of the Last Alliance. This would not be the last council at Rivendell that would play a pivotal part in the fate of Middle-Earth. On October 25th, 3018 the Council of Elrond was held in which the fate of The One Ring would be decided, and two months later The Fellowship would leave on its journey to destroy The One Ring.
The graphics on the front of the box for Rivendell have kept virtually the same design weâ€™ve seen with previous environments from Weta. On the front of the box you have a screen cap of The Fellowship leaving Rivendell with the environment below that. Of course you also have the beautiful The Lord of the Rings logo in the left hand corner with the name of the environment to the right of the box. The sides of box also contain great images of the collectible, a screen cap, and some information on Rivendell. The back of the box contains multiple great images of items that you can find on Wetaâ€™s website.
Over 1,200 hours were put into making sure every detail that could be put into this piece was put into it. All of those hours paid off when you see the amount of detail that is in this particular collectible. Daniel Falconer and David Tremont made very sure each tree, brick, bridge, ornament, etc gave were there to capture the beauty that Rivendell possessed on screen. For me one of the coolest things about seeing this piece is the little things like the gazebo, bridges, water falls, etc. You have the beauty that is the river running through the piece, which goes under the bridge you see The Fellowship cross as they leave Rivendell. Finally, all of the buildings are mind boggling in how they came out because of the nature of how the Elven stuff looked in the movie, and the fact that it could be shrunk down to collectible size is a monumental achievement by Weta.
The paintwork on Rivendell is as exceptional as the sculpt work. Again, as much as the sculpt work gives you the Elven feel the paintwork allows that to come shining through. This in all honestly is what allows those 1,200 hours to really pay off and also allow collectors to say they have something that is truly special. Its not just the work done on the buildings that make this piece so amazing but the work done on the trees, rock, and water. The trees are not only sculpted well but they are painted and look like real trees within Middle-Earth. Like with the Argonath the water is done again to look like real water that would be running through this place, and the rock again gives the appearance of real rock. Finally, the roofs of each building are not painted but have vinyl decals, which are printed to work with the polystone. This move is genius by Weta because of the intricacy these roofs would require the paint jobs could have risked the whole piece.
Rivendell costs $400 retail but the money spent is short of how amazing this overall piece is. The first 300 pieces of Imladris, which were numbered, are gone but you can still get in on the open edition portion. Also included with the first 300 is a really fantastic art print that shows the path Weta took from conception to reality. While not a tradition art print I am so glad Weta included this with Rivendell and allow the fans to see what a journey it was. Finally, I cannot implore you enough if you are a The Lord of the Rings collector to find a way to get this piece into your collection. Hide.
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I received my Rivendell this afternoon and I can't take my eyes... Read more.
I received my Rivendell this afternoon and I can't take my eyes off it. This is such a beautiful work of art. The amount of detail is amazing and holds up on close inspection just as well as it does from a distance.
This will a be a centerpiece of many Lord of the Rings (and Hobbit!) collections around the world.
Thanks to everyone at Weta who worked on this piece, especially Dave and Daniel. Hide.
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