Miss(ed) Manners

January 3, 2008

The Battle of Pelennor Fields

Filed under: Awesome,Candy,Dorky,Humor,LOTR — missedmanners @ 6:26 pm

(Two year after the fact edit: Heya Wil Wheaton! Thanks for the tweet. For the project we did last year check this out: The Mines of Moria)

(For those of you who don’t remember, this is really a continuation of last year’s project: The Battle of Helm’s Deep )

Last year, when my brothers and I decided to make the Battle of Helm’s Deep out of candy, naturally none of us thought anyone would go as nuts over it as they did. We’ve always just done things like that simply because they’re fun. When the pictures of our little creation started getting passed around the Internet like a stewardess with daddy issues, we were both excited and nervous, what with our dork underpants showing and all. A year later, having looked back at all the comments, I’m still surprised at the overwhelming majority being so positive and light hearted. Considering the nature of the Internet, anything above four percent non-idiotic fourteen year old “OMG ur so gai” replies would have knocked my socks off.

And it did. Cheers to that.

Before we get to this year’s offering however, I figured I’d remark on the most common comment from last year: “You guys have way too much time on your hands.” Not really, but we certainly found the time. All told this year’s project took about seven days of off and on work. I guess we’re just better at turning off the TV than most. Oh, and also, if you’re not using your free time to do stuff like this, what the hell else are you doing with it?

And now, without further ado:

What I Did Over THIS Christmas Break:

My brothers, sister, myself and some of our friends built a scale model of Minas Tirith during the Battle of Pelennor Fields from the novel, The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

(All of these images are clickable if you can’t see the whole thing)

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Behold, the White City of Minas Tirith is under siege by one of the largest, and certainly the tastiest army ever to walk Middle Earth. For two days the evil host, under the brutal licorice fist of the Witch King of Angmar has bombarded the ancient city with stone and fire.

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Amazing how much those stones look like green marshmallows, eh? Here you can see some of the city’s garrison trying to clear the south east gate of the second ring of debris. If only they had arms. Coincidentally, you can also see the exquisite craftsmanship of the ancient men of the West (which would actually be myself and my little brother Danny). Apparently there was a HUGE licorice all-sorts boom at the beginning of the Second Age.

Now as we climb the walls into the interior rings the rocky central precipice juts out over the city like a tangy ship rudder.

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The streets are almost completely deserted, of course. Because war is very scary. Even for Gummy Bears. Even the meticulously paved ramps and individually placed windows are empty. I use the words meticulously and individually so that you can get an idea of just how much a pain in the ass building this was. Meticulously. Individually.

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Ah, here we have the sole gardens of the city outside of the Houses of Healing. The fact that I knew these were the sole gardens in the city and that I took the time to put them in made me the focus of a bout of fifteen minutes of pointed laughter. But isn’t it worth it? Don’t those gardens look fucking awesome? They’ve got marshmallow plants, which are about thirty times cooler than real plants.

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This is the Tower of Ecthelion. If a candy tower could be measured in units of pimpness, this candy tower would be off the fucking charts. And if that wasn’t pimp enough, in front you can clearly see the White Tree of Gondor, which I made out of white chocolate pretzels. Give me my Nobel Prize now, thankyouverymuch.

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Tolkien made a real point of mentioning how there was this “Kingly Head” statue right above the gate to the citadel. So we made a real point out of biting the head off of a Gummy Bear and sticking it there.

But enough about the city, there’s a battle going on! Let’s take a look:

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At this point, the Riders of Rohan have already arrived and they’ve completely made the Orc forces their collective biotech. It’s hard to see here, but they’re riding on majestic Gummy Frog mounts and are doing heinous battle with the Mumakil Elephant warriors. There’s a suitable amount of blood and gore as well.

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Now, on this side of the battle field you can see Aragorn’s forces streaming off the stolen Corsairs and doing battle with Sauron’s evil sweetness. Also, you can see that the main gate of Minas Tirith has been breached by Grond, the giant battering ram, and now the men of the city are sallying forth to join in on the wholesale ass-whooping. Let’s take a closer look at all of these.

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First, here you can see the dead Lord of the Nazgul and his crazy bird like black licorice rope mount. He’s already killed Theoden and beaten the sweet out of Merry and Eowyn. I’d say this scene is kind of sad if it weren’t for the sheer awesomeness of that black dragon type thing. I mean, really.

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Just like last year, the Riders of Rohan have come to the rescue. For the sake of simplicity we made all the good guys yellow and White Gummy Bears and the Bad Guys Red, Orange, Green and Black. This is in no way any kind of remark on culturally preconceived notions of morality and how it relates to skin color. Except for Green people. They are lazy thieves.

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Now this kind of sucks. The Riders of Rohan, right after saving the day, AGAIN, have to fight gigantic Elephants. My older brother was in charge of this part of production, and I think we can all agree he spanked it like an underpaid dominatrix. Check those bitches out. Circus Peanut bodies on top of gum drop legs, licorice nib trunks, chocolate pretzels for the men of Harad to stand on and shoot from. How on earth could any sugar-based army stand up against such crazy power?

(PS: You can see my mom’s still got a bitching rug in this picture.)

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This is Grond. Yes, Tolkien named EVERYTHING even battering rams. I know you can see that it’s pretty awesome just from this picture alone. However, what you can’t see is that our Grond actually swings back and forth. On LICORICE ROPES. Props to my friend Brian for putting that one together.

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This is the final detail shot, because it’s the most bad ass. Aragorn’s army is just pouring off of those stolen Corsairs like really fast molasses (which is like light speed for candy). With their arrival the tide of the battle turns and the evil, though tasty army, is destroyed to a gum drop.

Soon after a miniature gummy hobbit named Frodo succeeds in casting the One Ring Pop of Power into the molten chocolate fondue of Mount Doom and then peace, prosperity and pizelles returned to Middle Earth. Or something like that.

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it.

I’d like to thank my brothers, Dan and Jon. My little sister, Katie. My other little sister, Lis. My buddies, Brian and Brendan, and my best friend, Sunshine. Without them this would have never been made, even with our very frequent, very drunken recesses.

Happy (Belated) Holidays!

PS: I also took a video.

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355 Comments »

  1. Don’t forget to give props to Mama and Old Man Conk!

    Comment by SantaSean — January 3, 2008 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  2. Great Job Dave…i was very excited to see this piece. Post the Vid

    Comment by Mike SmileZ — January 3, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  3. btw – you lived up to the high expectations of teh Internets, imho!

    Comment by SantaSean — January 3, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  4. Awesome one Dave.
    You should of consulted me for some ideas that we talked about on NYE
    =P

    Comment by Keith — January 3, 2008 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  5. Video’s up. And duh, of course props to my parents who put up with this in their house for a good week.
    :D

    Comment by missedmanners — January 3, 2008 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  6. I LOVE IT!

    It really puts my Pirates of the Carribean ship out of Gingerbread planks to shame. Dammit.

    Later Gator,
    Ally M.

    Comment by Ally — January 3, 2008 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  7. You crack me up.

    Comment by max — January 3, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  8. badass.

    well done sir!

    Comment by bradley — January 3, 2008 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  9. amazing! AND delicious!

    Comment by stadenco — January 3, 2008 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  10. Wonderful. Stupendous! You and your relative and friends are just too cool for words! :-D

    Comment by Tiffany Taylor — January 3, 2008 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

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  12. I’m awestruck! That’s one of the coolest things ever.

    Comment by dragonwolf77 — January 3, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  13. I’m awestruck! That’s one of the coolest things ever.

    Comment by dragonwolf77 — January 3, 2008 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  14. Did you eat them after these photos were taken?

    Comment by wohali — January 3, 2008 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  15. Hahah, that is so… sweet! Very creative! :D

    Comment by Dankku — January 4, 2008 @ 12:03 am | Reply

  16. Freaking awesome!

    Comment by Avrila — January 4, 2008 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  17. Seriously delicious cabin fever!

    Comment by achayefsky — January 4, 2008 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  18. I think the video needs a soundtrack – a little more pomp and circumstance! Missed you enormously on new years. See you when I get back!

    Comment by saigray — January 4, 2008 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  19. Talk about ‘Fan’atical. :P

    Comment by Paul Xavier — January 4, 2008 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  20. you have no idea how freaking awesome this thing is in person… it ROCKS!!!! princess is beyond proud of you dave… :-*

    Comment by sunshine — January 4, 2008 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  21. Wow, impressive; but way, way, too much time on your hands :)

    Comment by C T Hall — January 4, 2008 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  22. Tolkien would have been proud!!!

    Comment by Sam — January 4, 2008 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  23. Gives me a sugar high just looking at it. Great job, I am very impressed.

    Comment by Brian — January 4, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  24. That’s the yummiest Pelennor fields I’ve ever seen. Congratulations

    Comment by Estelcontar — January 4, 2008 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  25. “I guess we’re just better at turning off the TV than most. Oh, and also, if you’re not using your free time to do stuff like this, what the hell else are you doing with it?”

    No kidding! This looks like it was a very fun, very communal activity. Props for mad marshmallow skillz.

    Comment by phlebotnum — January 4, 2008 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  26. that’s… quite something. you’ve outdone yourself.

    Comment by cp — January 4, 2008 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  27. WOW….k suddenly my gingerbread castle doesn’t seem so sad lol. but yeah, you do need music. my wife asked a good question…what’s the total cost of something like this??? i think my castle probably hit about 25 to 30 bucks, so i’m guessing like…what, 150? i gotta know.

    Comment by matt k — January 4, 2008 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  28. How long did this take you to make?

    Comment by Revenwyn — January 4, 2008 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  29. I stand in awe, sir! Amazing job! The pinnacle of both gingerbread houses and geekdom! :) Seriously, you should be proud.

    Comment by lightningbaron — January 5, 2008 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  30. This definitely needs a thrash metal soundtrack. I bow to your genius. You need to contact Gummi Inc. and get sponsored for next year!

    Comment by raincoaster — January 5, 2008 @ 4:19 am | Reply

  31. Stupendous job.Is that white render icing?

    Comment by Magik Quilter — January 5, 2008 @ 5:17 am | Reply

  32. I love how people keep calling you sir! :)

    I found your blog last year from your “What I Did Over Christmas Vacation” post, and now it feels like we have come full circle.

    Aww.

    Also, what DO you do with it after you’re done?
    Also, your mom must be a SAINT!!

    Great job,
    Heather

    Comment by Heather — January 5, 2008 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  33. Before I read what this actually was, I first thought it was a cool, confectionery version of the Watts Towers in LA. Then I thought, why in the HELL would Dave want to emulate that in candy???

    Then I read further.

    Very cool, my friend.

    I hope your Christmas was decent and your New Year will allow you and yours to find inner peace…..and the best deals on alcohol.

    Best,
    LK

    Comment by Laurie Kendrick — January 5, 2008 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  34. I was directed here by a fellow-Tolkien friend, and I’m wowed. I’d love to note this (providing a link) at a Tolkien journal that gathers news of things of interest, called Middle-earth News – ( http://community.livejournal.com/middleearthnews/ ).

    Would that be all right? This is not to be missed!

    ~ Mechtild

    Comment by Mechtild — January 5, 2008 @ 11:22 am | Reply

  35. You all must be destined for great things. I thank you for sharing this masterpiece. Inspirational.

    Comment by Jill — January 5, 2008 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  36. Hi, it’s Mechtild again. I asked for permission to put a notice about this (and Helm’s Deep) in Middle-earth News. But then I didn’t leave you my email! D’uh!

    It’s mechtild1 @gmail.com (take out the extra space first)

    Comment by Mechtild — January 5, 2008 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  37. Totally awesome!!! Your Nobel Prize is in the mail!

    Comment by Maggie — January 5, 2008 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  38. I get warm fuzzies looking at these and imagining all the quality family time that goes in to putting them together. :-)

    Comment by Jennifer — January 5, 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  39. Incredible! Around Thanksgiving friends and I were talking about your Helm’s Deep extravaganza. I think this tops that one! Excellent job and thanks ever so much for sharing! You rock!!!

    Comment by agape — January 6, 2008 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  40. That is simply the most awesome cake EVER. Except for maybe the Helm’s Deep one, which I have yet to see but will start looking for right now.

    Comment by Becky — January 6, 2008 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  41. Brilliant! Very impressive and tasty.

    I laughed at your comments but I’m wondering…would you consider making another version that includes technical comments but without the swear words so we can show this to the young children?

    Comment by Rowena — January 6, 2008 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  42. I adore you with a love that is perhaps not healthy for feeling this close to complete strangers. hah!

    Love what you did last year and this year and sharing it with the world.

    Comment by Laughing Elf — January 7, 2008 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  43. I absolutely adore the oliphants!

    Just the right mix of chocoalte, licorice and my favorite colour in gummy bears :o)

    Comment by Nennepus — January 9, 2008 @ 5:04 am | Reply

  44. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

    You guys are amazing. I’ll never look at a gingerbread house again without seeing it’s pitiful architectural inadequacy in comparison to this masterpiece.

    (And last year’s was pretty good too!

    Comment by Hugh Mannity — January 9, 2008 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

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  46. I am speechless, and I mean that in a good way! Absolutely amazing and I wish I could’ve seen last year’s too! Rock on little dudes!

    Comment by Lorna — January 9, 2008 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

  47. This is AMAZING. I’m in awe. Just how much did this cost you..and the real question, did you guys eat any of it???

    Comment by Danielle — January 10, 2008 @ 2:11 am | Reply

  48. The streets are almost completely deserted,

    Surely you mean to say “The streets are completely DESSERTED”. This is just awesome. Did you enjoy eating it afterwards?

    Comment by Sarah — January 10, 2008 @ 7:47 am | Reply

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  51. That’s a completely amazing achievement, well done. I have just posted it on to my friend Emma Tolkein, descendent of the great JRR and asked her to pass it round her family. It’s one hell of a tribute and undoubtedly What He Would Have Wanted.

    But it’s so lovely and snowy where you live – why aren’t you out skiing or throwing snowballs or something??

    Love and appreciation from England, aka the original Middle Earth,

    Becky

    Comment by Becky — January 10, 2008 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  52. Picked a link up to this from http://www.popbitch.com – hopefully you will get a lot of hits from the site.
    Marvellous; fantastic; an epic achievement.

    Comment by James — January 10, 2008 @ 9:57 am | Reply

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  54. That is brilliant. Undoubtedly the best thing I have seen so far in 2008. You are all my heroes. Congratulations a truly monumental piece of confectionary. Please make something else very soon. x

    Comment by Helen — January 10, 2008 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  55. This is all sorts of awesome. Nice work, crazy people.

    Comment by Whitey — January 10, 2008 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  56. one word: WOAh!

    Comment by HeadlessHessian — January 10, 2008 @ 11:15 am | Reply

  57. “He’s already killed Theoden and beaten the sweet out of Peregrin and Eowyn.”

    I think you mean Meriadoc and Eowyn…(I only mention it because I think you would care!)

    Very cool.

    Comment by Theresa — January 10, 2008 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  58. This is truly amazing. What a bit of time and imagination can accomplish when the TV is off. Nice job!

    Comment by Eva — January 10, 2008 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  59. I looked at the Helm’s Deep one, and that was pretty cool, but this one kicks Helm’s Deep ass because I mean… Just look at Minas Tirith!!!! The height! And all the levels! And the gate to the citadel! And the individually placed windows! And the swinging battering ram! Amazing.

    Comment by Rebecca — January 10, 2008 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  60. This right here, this raises the bar. A new paradigm for confectionery. Gordon Ramsey, Wolfgang puck….give it up guys, you have officially been owned…

    Comment by MattyW — January 10, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  61. Too bad you ruined the awesomeness of this post with your lead-in comment “passed around like a stewardess with daddy issues.”

    Comment by Lynsey — January 10, 2008 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  62. I have been telling people for years that red gummies are evil! It is finally time that someone else showed the truth of this!

    I think you guys have created a new class for the culinary institute!

    Comment by Chester's Home Remedies — January 10, 2008 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  63. This is like a dream come true . . .

    Comment by Amy — January 10, 2008 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  64. ur so gai!

    Comment by kit — January 10, 2008 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

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  66. Wow this must have cost a lot of money. You’re totally nuts. But it’s very cool, all the same.

    Comment by Beth — January 10, 2008 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  67. Wow… I love the battle. The little candy troops almost look like they’re moving. How’d you get the red bloodstains? Sprinkles? That’s awesome.

    I wish I could think of another epic battle for you guys. Star Wars just won’t cut it. Not enough dragons.

    Comment by Emily — January 10, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  68. …ohhhhh wonderful!!

    just loving the riders of Rohan on their majestic gummy frog mounts…

    Comment by Heidi — January 10, 2008 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  69. OMG! This is SOOOO Coool.. You guys are too much! :-)

    Comment by Dante — January 10, 2008 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

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  71. The most awesome Grond EVER—You guys did an amazing job once again!

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  73. Found this at theonering.net. This is total WIN.

    So now you’ve done the two big battles from LOTR. What are you going to do now? XD

    Comment by AinuLaire — January 10, 2008 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  74. Also found this at theonering.net
    FLIPPING GENIUS, this is. It kills me how good it is.
    the marshmallow plants… GOLD.

    Comment by Laurie — January 10, 2008 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

  75. DAMN! That’s all.

    Comment by Bob — January 10, 2008 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  76. HOLY CRAP! thats AMAZING!

    Comment by Dubster — January 11, 2008 @ 12:36 am | Reply

  77. Gentlemen and ladies – Ya done good. Prof. Tolkien undoubtedly is gazing down upon your works with great pride and amusement. (And calling his buddy C.S. Lewis over to check it out!)

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  79. Very very very … (can’t decide on “coool” or “sweeet”, choose for yourself!), but very much that!
    Now I really miss making gingerbread houses with my family when young… What if we would take up the tradition next year, this is inspirational on a grand level! Wow…

    Comment by Tinidril — January 11, 2008 @ 7:16 am | Reply

  80. That is awesome, LOL! Helm’s Deep rocked last year, but this outdoes it by a mile. Great job!

    Angie

    Comment by Angie — January 11, 2008 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  81. I love you. Marry me or I will kill myself.

    Comment by Faustus, M.D. — January 11, 2008 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  82. Totally unbelievable – I don’t know what I liked more the construction or the commentary!

    Comment by Valentine — January 11, 2008 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  83. That is amazing!! Very well done. Just wow.

    Comment by Lily — January 11, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  84. OMG U R SO GAY LOLZ

    Comment by Debaser — January 11, 2008 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  85. You know some people complain about the youth of today but those people should be show this materpiece- truly the future is safe in the hands of the kids. Well done

    Comment by David M — January 11, 2008 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  86. Nothing more beautiful has EVER existed.

    Comment by Una — January 11, 2008 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  87. IT’S MAGICALLY DELICIOUS!!! Seriously though: I bow to your superior candy-fu. I am awed and inspired.

    Comment by kenaz — January 11, 2008 @ 11:20 am | Reply

  88. That’s One Sweet Diarama
    Madd props to you and your family for Tuning off the TV and taking the time to have fun with your kids:>)

    Comment by Kevin Pierson — January 11, 2008 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  89. This kicks ass so hard, it’s amazing. I am awed by all your mad candy-engineering skills.

    Comment by eep — January 11, 2008 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  90. SO AWESOME. Has Peter Jackson seen this? :-o

    Comment by lauralyzer — January 11, 2008 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  91. This is absolutely brilliant. You must have put soooo much effort into this. And you probably got very sick with eating sugar.

    Comment by Embem — January 11, 2008 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  92. That is brilliant. I’m so impressed.

    Comment by Janne — January 11, 2008 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  93. You people are *awesome*. :)

    Comment by mizkit — January 11, 2008 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  94. Serious awesome.

    Comment by Beth — January 11, 2008 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  95. Just to add my little piece of “you guys are nuts and have way too much time on your hands, and I’m deeply, deeply grateful for this.” :-)

    Comment by Jules Jones — January 11, 2008 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  96. This makes me happy.

    Comment by Jen — January 11, 2008 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

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  98. Love it!

    Comment by Nora — January 11, 2008 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  99. So, next year we get to see the gummy Frodo, Sam & Gollum on a molten chocolate Mount Doom, right? PLEASE?!?!?!?

    Comment by carolyn — January 11, 2008 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  100. You, sir, and all who stand with you, are geniuses. This is the best thing I have seen all year – actually, since you did Helms Deep. I am so impressed.

    Comment by Toft — January 11, 2008 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  101. *Absolutely* Splendiferous!!! You guys rock!! And far better use of your time than that Black Hole called ‘TV’:)

    Comment by Albra — January 11, 2008 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  102. This is really cool… This is one thing I thought no one would ever do. My hats off to you guys… Tres Bien…. Tres Bien

    Comment by Norm — January 11, 2008 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  103. Awesome…I am amazed by the sheer massiveness of your project. The dead Nazgul is a great touch too (and that’s a great choice of building material because licorice IS inherently evil.

    Great work! Just…Wow!!

    Comment by Andrea — January 11, 2008 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  104. This was so amazing! Awe- inspiring, really.
    Next, I think you should tackle the Last Alliance, where Isildur cut the ring from sauron’s hand. That would be so wicked. OR the fall of Gondolin. C’mon… Glorfindel and the Balrog? Sweetness.
    You all rock.

    Comment by Elerrina Rose — January 11, 2008 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  105. That’s…f-ing beautiful! You’ve made my Friday afternoon!

    Comment by threerings — January 11, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  106. Ok that’s crazy! I like it.

    Comment by Fricka — January 11, 2008 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  107. YOU GUYS **ROCK**! I thought the Helm’s Deep last year was spectacular, too!

    Also, the joyless cretins who question your sanity or whether you have wasted this time need to shut the hell up. There’s a lot worse things people are out there doing in the name of “fun” than making candy castles.

    I’ll look forward to see what you come up with next year. :)

    Comment by brandifer — January 11, 2008 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  108. y’all made my day…creativity heals!

    Comment by deb — January 11, 2008 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  109. Too awesome! Thanks for sharing your edible creativity with the world.

    Best,
    Chris

    Comment by Chris McKitterick — January 11, 2008 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  110. You guys continue to be my heroes. Keep up the geeky work!

    Comment by Stacey — January 12, 2008 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  111. What wonderful fun! Thank you, your friends, siblings, and long-suffering family, for making this amazing creation for the rest of us to enjoy. I think I like the oliphans best, but the Nazgul gets a nod because everyone knows how evil licorice is. I look forward to further artistic endeavors. BTW, people always worry about time, and ask creative people where they “find” the time to create so take any such comments as compliments! What do they know? — Bjo

    Comment by Bjo — January 12, 2008 @ 1:40 am | Reply

  112. That was just awesome. And by the way, I LOVED the line about “except green people. They’re lazy thieves”. Great work and great commentary.

    Comment by Duane — January 12, 2008 @ 2:19 am | Reply

  113. This is amazing! It makes any gingerbread house looking like a hipe of ehm, well, gingerbreads! Thanks for making my day!

    Comment by Exilschwäble — January 12, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  114. La batalla de los campos del pelennor… ¡hecha de gominolas! (Inglés)

    Un aficionado a El señor de los anillos nos muestra que es lo que ha hecho durante sus vacaciones de navidad: una maqueta de Minas Tirith y la batalla de los campos del Pelennor completamente hecha con ¡gominolas! (Historia en inglés, fotografías i…

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  115. Great!

    But. Um. What is “collective biotech?” Either a spell-checker inserted an extra letter or I’m hopelessly beyond on the jargon.

    Comment by Greg — January 12, 2008 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  116. Good God! There are other Tolkein fanatics running about! …who also make wierd and awesome things out of food!! I am not alone!!! You are like my total hero and I bow before your splendor!!!!

    Comment by Julie F. — January 12, 2008 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  117. AMAZING AND BRAVO! THAT’S WHAT I CALL MYTHIC ARTISTIC YUM!!!!

    Comment by Cher — January 12, 2008 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  118. Very cool, but ditto the comments about the language and off-color remarks. I’d like to be able to read about it without feeling degraded.

    Love the dead Morgul-beast!

    Comment by Goldberry — January 12, 2008 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  119. SWEET! ;-) You guys/gals are too much (in a good way)! Your dedication and creativity are a marvel to behold, and I salute you all.

    A few suggestions on your video: Set the exposure manually so it doesn’t self-adjust when the camera points to the brighter background (making the foreground dark). Also, it would have been so much cooler if you had the soundtrack playing in the background, or (better) if you had inserted it directly into the the video with an editor. Finally, the video camera work would have been *fantastic* if it had duplicated (as best as possible) the flight pattern of the Nazgul, as in the movie, straifing the White City with its fearful presence.

    Now, go brush your teeth!

    :~Don

    Comment by ObiDon_Kenobi — January 12, 2008 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  120. Terrific! Even better than last year’s!!! Thanks…

    Comment by Arwen's mother — January 12, 2008 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  121. …and yes, the gardens outside the Houses of Healing WERE awesome, and here’s your Nobel PEACE Prize. Keep up the good work. :)
    (Yes, I am Arwen’s real mother.)

    Comment by Arwen's mother — January 12, 2008 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  122. Dude, this is absolutely stunning! Just wish there were a family-friendly version of the text so I could send it to all my friends who will totally not read something with this much “language” in it! Such a shame to limit your audience…

    Comment by Martha — January 12, 2008 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  123. *spaz attack* That is so uber! My friend sent this to me as a link and my sister and I just finished eating our eyes out with your wonderful creation! Holy cow! you definitely owned the gingerbread house my other sisters made up this year. Are y’all going to do anything next year? The Shire maybe (Bilbo’s party)? Or the actual final Mount Doom scene? Oooh, or maybe Rivendell? *much applause*

    P.S. We think the voice in the video is smexy (yes, we said “smexy”)

    Comment by Irish d.F. — January 12, 2008 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  124. Oh just so you guys know, there IS a kid safe version without all the harsh, degrading language to which I am so accustomed to speaking. I’m a troglodyte, what can I say?
    :D

    http://missedmanners.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/the-battle-of-pelennor-fields/

    Comment by missedmanners — January 12, 2008 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  125. Okay.
    1. That’s fantastic!
    2. What’s the actual base made of?

    Comment by Cassie — January 13, 2008 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  126. That’s really awesome guys it’s like a crossover between The Lord of the Ring and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If Willy Wonka was charging on a sugar cane war machine, nobody would be surprise.
    I’m definitely putting a link on my blog.
    What do you plan for next year? Caras Galadhon?

    Comment by Rhiannon — January 13, 2008 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  127. OMFG!!! kid safe xlation~ Oh My Flavorful Goodies!
    I am truely more than impressed, awesome job….you & your crew truely out did yourselves this time it looks like the Helms Deep was done by a little kid compared to this masterful piece of delectible art! Kudos on getting the family into this too. What a great way to create family memories that will be super sweet to tell the grandkids one day! The family that gets sticky together has fun together. To all those haters from last year and any potential this year. Some nerds do get the babes…I (a once exotic adult dancer)Im married 15 yrs to a D&D geek (who I met at the club I worked at). Hubby suggested for next year perhaps the battle scene in Willow including the depiction of the orc(?) who transmuted into a 2 headed dragon(?). Loki is on the floor laughing his godly butt off at your brand of holiday mischief!! Rock on ya all. Can’t wait to see next year’s creation. Love and blessings ~ Teri

    Comment by Teri — January 13, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  128. I once had the privilege of seeing (in the flesh, as it were) a similarly sized meticulous recreation of Mont Saint Michel in sugar cubes. It was very impressive, but lacked… variety? This is quite an achievement!

    Comment by Weezy — January 13, 2008 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  129. I’ve often wondered, “Who is the shit, really?” I have my answer. Turns out you guys are the shit.

    Nice. Fucking. Job.

    Comment by MrZwij — January 14, 2008 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  130. You and your group of friends are just a-sloppin’ over with coolness

    Comment by JJ Frizz — January 14, 2008 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

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  132. Wow. This is the sweetest (literally) model I’ve seen in a long time.
    Nice work!

    Comment by Kat — January 14, 2008 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  133. Unbelievable!! Great work!!
    Sweet and awesome!!

    Comment by kadeworld — January 14, 2008 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  134. Kickass. I need to go brush my teeth now.

    BTW, How much icing did you use?

    Comment by rv — January 14, 2008 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  135. Nice work, indeed! But Aragon is a region in Spain, not the heir of Elendil—that would be Aragorn.

    Comment by Michael Heggen — January 14, 2008 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  136. Oh my God! You’re right. Fixed. How embarrassing, lol.

    Comment by missedmanners — January 14, 2008 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  137. The video flyover is terrific as it is tasty– should be linked to google earth

    Comment by tonyb — January 14, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  138. Just what I needed– another excuse for my wife to refer to Legolas as “tasty”!

    Comment by startlingmoniker — January 14, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  139. To those who question you having time to do this I say, look out the fucking window man! It’s cold where they are! What the hell else are they going to do?! (she says from Texas) But seriously well done, and if those walls are indeed gingerbread and not cardboard, I’m completely agog. You are the pimpest.

    Comment by hogarth — January 14, 2008 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  140. So next year you’re doing, what..? Minas Morgul? Mount Doom? Whatever it is, I look forward to it.

    Comment by Alex — January 14, 2008 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  141. This is astonishing work. If you let “the Colbert Report” folks know about it, I bet y’all could land up on the show–Stephen is a kindred spirit. How long do you keep your creations up and together? Your mom’s rug really ties the room together, I must add!

    Comment by sallyrover — January 14, 2008 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  142. Brilliant, awesome, and delicious. But the Nobel Committee’s gonna ding you for omitting the flaming Denethor gummy bear plunging off the tower.

    Comment by yojimbo — January 14, 2008 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  143. WAAYY Too Much Time on Your Hands! And We are Grateful!
    This is Very Well Done.
    Thanks!

    Comment by Lisa Harrigan — January 14, 2008 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  144. WOW!

    Comment by Scott — January 14, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

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  146. How much for the rug?

    -Bob

    Comment by bob — January 14, 2008 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  147. Simply stunning!! It makes me want to watch the movies again. ^_^ I, like everyone else, look forward to the 2008 project! :D

    You all lavished such attention to every piece and chose your colours carefully and the detail is simply astounding!!

    And the dead black licorice mount is a true piece of art in the field. Wow.

    Absolutely amazing. d^_^b

    Comment by Katie — January 14, 2008 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  148. Please do Orthanc next year. I want to see the Ents in candy!

    Comment by dave peeps — January 14, 2008 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  149. Now this is my kind of gingerbread house! I really hope you guys keep this up, because I think you’ve done a fantastic job with this. Thank you for sharing it on the internet, I plan to post a link to this to a Tolkien community or two on Live Journal.

    Comment by Sulien — January 14, 2008 @ 11:17 pm | Reply

  150. very impressive! Does it last as long as a lamer, much more subdued gingerbread house (i.e., more than a day) or is it like one of those extra hard 2500 piece puzzles of dice that you shoot eye darts at to anyone who looks at it for longer than 2 seconds?
    Kudos!

    Comment by Al — January 14, 2008 @ 11:36 pm | Reply

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  153. That is the best thing I’ve seen on the internet in years. The licorice Nazgul-mount and especially the circus peanut elephants were inspired (it works on so many levels)! Thank you for sharing and for making my week (I know I’ll be back more than once to admire the meticulous individual details).

    Comment by julie — January 15, 2008 @ 3:52 am | Reply

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  155. There just aren’t enough extended ascii characters in the world to describe how awesome that is.

    Did you eat it afterwards?

    Comment by lucy_who — January 15, 2008 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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  158. that friggen rocks i totally would make time to do that if i had anywhere near your artistic ability…i knew right away what it was.

    awesome

    Comment by Alina — January 15, 2008 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  159. Respect guys!!

    Comment by grognon — January 15, 2008 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  160. Wow. They invented the word awesome for this. Can’t wait to see what you do next year.

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  163. Wonderful, amazing, and the world needs more amateurs like you. I remember last year’s and I’m glad to see this!

    Comment by Lookfar — January 15, 2008 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  164. That is freakin’ amazing. Kudos to you!!! Well done!

    Vistula

    Comment by Vistula — January 15, 2008 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  165. This is terrific piece of folk art. Bravo! Your color commentary on both the art and the battles is awesome. I look forward to seeing many more fine works from you. When I was a kid, we made towns and village out of dirt, grass and stones and assorted trash we found. This is vital, compelling creative “play” that has been lost due to our culture’s obsession with electronic media.

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  169. Wow, this is amazing:)
    Kudos!

    Comment by Kush — January 16, 2008 @ 6:57 am | Reply

  170. This is inspired. Utterly hilarious, and also a thing of beauty.

    And the snowy backdrop really sets it off! – Minas Tirith, glorious jewel of a city, like a white wedding cake.

    Aragorn’s army is just pouring off of those stolen Corsairs like really fast molasses (which is like light speed for candy). With their arrival the tide of the battle turns and the evil, though tasty army, is destroyed to a gum drop.

    Have at thee, Sauron! All your evil will be turned into a gum drop. :D

    Soon after a miniature gummy hobbit named Frodo succeeds in casting the One Ring Pop of Power into the molten chocolate fondue of Mount Doom and then peace, prosperity and pizelles returned to Middle Earth. Or something like that.

    Hey, just as the Professor wrote it. :p

    As for having too much time on your hands … nonsense. This more than beats watching rubbish TV. :)

    Comment by Pearl_Took — January 16, 2008 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  171. Yes!

    Comment by Aphra Behn — January 16, 2008 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  172. lol this is insane!! I love it!

    Comment by Amber — January 16, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

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  174. amazing. simply amazing! from the gardens, to the gummy frogs, to the white pretzel.. i mean.. tree.. :) Fantastic job to you all! I’m seriously in awe!

    Comment by Michael — January 16, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

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  176. You sir, and your kin, are my fucking heroes. Mad props.

    Comment by Haanz — January 17, 2008 @ 7:08 am | Reply

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  178. I love it (linked in from http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/index.htm)

    Comment by Big Mike — January 17, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  179. That is fucking awesome!

    Good job!

    I think a bit of Isengard or Mordor would be fucking sweet too!

    Comment by Tobin — January 17, 2008 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  180. That is awesome! I think the fallen Fell Beast is my favorite piece. And Grond. And the dead army. It’s all good. Can I please have a piece of candy? :-)

    Comment by GeekMom — January 17, 2008 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  181. Wicked, talk about sticking to your new years resolution and sticking the candy elsewhere than your mouth. Sweet! how old were these guys, very creative.

    Comment by SamSeven — January 18, 2008 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  182. This is so totally awesome! I’m getting hungry just by looking at it! What a load of candy, and arranged so tastefully *GG*

    Thumbs up for a great imagination and extra points for the sheer crativity!

    Comment by TrekkieGrrrl — January 18, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  183. This is over-the-top awesome. The battering ram is my favorite!

    Comment by Circe — January 18, 2008 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

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  185. Excellent! I loved last year’s so much and I was wondering if the “next year we’re making Minas Tirith” was serious or not. And it is!

    I love Grond and the Mumakil. And the White Tree. And the Fell Beast. And the Fell Beast’s severed head. And, you know, everything else.

    Well done!

    Comment by grav_ity — January 19, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

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  187. Dude, you should totally re-edit the video, but put the LOTR soundtrack over it, and get some awesome panning shots like in the movie.

    Comment by Chewie — January 19, 2008 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  188. Works nicely with the “Shelob’s Lair” of moldy bread we’ve got going on in our bottom kitchen cabinet.

    Comment by broed — January 19, 2008 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  189. wwwwwwwwoooooooooooowwwwwwwwww

    Comment by eze — January 19, 2008 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  190. Sweet. You should figure out how to get paid for doing stuff like that. And/or you could make molds for different characters/races and melt gummies down and re-mold them?

    Comment by r — January 20, 2008 @ 6:42 am | Reply

  191. Wow. Just…wow.

    Comment by katherynw — January 20, 2008 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

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  193. This is so ubercool! Wow!!

    Comment by Shannon — January 21, 2008 @ 11:14 am | Reply

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  196. I once made a Gandalf out of the outer covering of a hostess snoball using only my incisors…..but this….

    Comment by Mikey Likes It — January 21, 2008 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  197. You guys are so gay wow

    Comment by Gmmm — January 21, 2008 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  198. Yeah, I’m with Isengard and the Ents for ’08. That would be sweet…

    Comment by Aranel Carnilino — January 21, 2008 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  199. You people are gods among men. (P.S. Comment 200!) :)

    Comment by Alasdair — January 22, 2008 @ 2:25 am | Reply

  200. This is without doubt the finest presentation of the Battle of Pelennor Fields in candy that I have ever seen. I don’t know what Tolkien would have thought, but if I were the Shakespeare of English fantasy, I would be extremely proud (and hungry).

    Comment by Paul J Gies — January 22, 2008 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  201. WOW! That is completely amazing! As a long-time Tolkien fan, I salute you. (And doesn’t everyone know that the Houses of Healing have the only gardens in the White City?)

    Comment by Marina — January 22, 2008 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  202. Wow, this is amazing! I can’t even imagine building this. Meticulously. Individually. I especially love the Frog-Riders!

    Comment by Steph — January 23, 2008 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  203. Really impressive guys, kudos!

    Comment by Charlie — January 24, 2008 @ 4:52 am | Reply

  204. Fantastic!

    I must admit that the nicest touch is that floating above and behind all these scenes of chaos and battle is a sign saying “Peace” in one of your windows! (3rd picture from last)

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — January 24, 2008 @ 7:49 am | Reply

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  207. dude, nobel peace prize officially granted! This is freaking amazing. and the sole gardens just make it even more so.

    best ‘what i did over holiday break’ story ever. did i mention it was amazing?

    Comment by Judith — January 24, 2008 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  208. omg.. omfg.. wow !!! sweet ! eehm, yes.. very sweet ! great work )

    Comment by thomsen — January 25, 2008 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

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  210. You and your brothers and whole crew RULE. Candy Art is fleeting, and that is a shame!
    I wish you could donate this project to a place where is could be displayed. Lots of people
    would enjoy seeing it in person.

    Comment by shawn — January 27, 2008 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  211. That should have been my wedding cake! I had a boring 3 – tier my wife picked. If I knew that kind of thing was available that would have had the win for sure!

    Comment by Steve — January 28, 2008 @ 10:51 am | Reply

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  213. Nicely done,

    greetings from amsterdam ;)

    Comment by Mitch — February 1, 2008 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  214. I’m… speechless! And envious!

    Comment by Heather (errantdreams) — February 1, 2008 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  215. Surely it should have been made from an oat-cake? :)

    Comment by James Hutchings — February 5, 2008 @ 6:09 am | Reply

  216. This is amazing!!!!! Thanks for doing this, if only we can share in the delight!

    Comment by Katherine — February 5, 2008 @ 11:17 am | Reply

  217. OMG awesome…can’t wait for next christmas now :p

    Comment by dragonsvamp — February 10, 2008 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

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  219. you guys are way too damn cool, i’m sure there is some museum/art exhibit somewhere who’d love to get its hands on your creation…

    Comment by Maya — February 15, 2008 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

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  221. Someone said that your model was more wonderful than the Howl’s Moving Castle model I put together. I have to agree. I got some of the same comments about having too much time, as well, and think you’ve got it right that you make time for things like this. Bravo on this project.

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  226. ROFL! Someone posted a link to these on TGP, a writing forum I am apart of.

    Well done! Is there any chance of hoping for a Mount Doom next year, spewing out mounds of molasses onto the hills of brown sugar? Or how about that wicked tower, which Pippin had a fear of? I’d like to see what you’d do for an eye.

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  232. I cannot begin to describe how impressed I am by this. My house unfortunately suffers from an infestation of teenagers, and it wouldn’t last ten minutes here. I showed this to a diabetic workmate who, like me, is a closet nerd; and he actually salivated all over my keyboard like one of Pavlov’s dogs with tinnitus. Never mind. How about the Book of Revelations next? Rough beasts, seven seals, the whore of Babylon, the end of the world, all that. Should be a gas…

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  245. What to say? This is the best part of the books and I never thought I would see it like this! It’s pretty amazing what you achieved but I somehow miss the naivety of the last years scene.

    Anyway, congrats again! And keep the tv off!!! I’ll be back on January to see the next one… you’re doomed now, you will have to do this every Xmas to the rest of your life! :)

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    Comment by Thisis Awesome — February 23, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  251. This sure beats the Christmas Gingerbread houses. Next year you should put it in a Gingerbread contest or see if a mall would want to display it during the Xmas season even if it doesn’t fit the seasonal theme or ingrediants. C’est Fantastique!! Also if you can keep it 9 months under wraps you could enter it into the State Fair! But somehow I think your folks would want it out of the dining room for that long. Superb job!
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    Comment by Isabelle Le Charpentier — March 20, 2009 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  252. Here’s me, looking for an image of Minas Tirith to use while in work and lo, I find this lunacy. We thought the one built by our team rocked, but mate, yours wins (by the by, ‘our team’ is Games Workshop HQ so well done)

    Comment by Treachery — March 28, 2009 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

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  255. This is BRILLIANT!!! Thank you so much for making this and sharing with us!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

    Oh and please feel free to make more!!! :)

    Comment by Margaret — April 13, 2009 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  256. Too cool. Where’s Candalf, and Gumli, and Licorlas, and Aracorn, and Souron, and the Battle between the White chocolate Tower, and Marsenguard, with all those Gumli bears..??…

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  259. So did it taste good after finishing it all off, and how many people did it take to eat?

    Comment by Joe — June 23, 2009 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  260. OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!

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  262. there should seriously be LOTR gingerbread competitions that would eventually recreate Tolkien’s entire Middle Earth. Mmmmmm… delicious Middle Earth…

    AWESOME work! My favorite Christmas memories are of making crazy gingerbread stuff with my siblings. BEST way to spend holiday time!!!

    Comment by slab — December 3, 2009 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  263. Wow great job, you guys should make the two towers…or at least one..that would be awesome!

    Comment by Mort — December 6, 2009 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

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  265. This **totally rocks*** –You win the prize for “How I spent my Christmas vacation and celebrated LOTR AT THE SAME TIME” The details were fabulous. Loved grond. Loved the dead Nazgul dragon.

    Comment by Asakiyume — December 27, 2009 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  266. I remember seeing this last year and thinking “WOW”. I had totally forgotten about it until now. Pretty darn sweet.

    Comment by Kenny Cross — December 27, 2009 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  267. Y’all rock…this is just cool :-)

    Comment by Jenn — December 27, 2009 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  268. Whoah.. I’d have eaten all the candies before I could start building anything

    Comment by balrog-kun — December 27, 2009 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  269. This is so incredible I just printed it out and put it up at work. (Work for a games company).

    To you, your family and friends.

    Well bloody done.

    Comment by Mark H — December 27, 2009 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  270. WOW! That is amazing! Fantastic job!

    Comment by Renee — December 27, 2009 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  271. I totally, totally love this. Very well done! The comments are enormous fun, too. Bravi!

    Comment by Duffi — December 27, 2009 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  272. it’s beautiful! This rocks so much. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by oboros — December 27, 2009 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  273. You guys don’t have enough time on your hands.

    Comment by Andrew — December 27, 2009 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  274. …overwhelming urge to lick the Grond….

    Comment by Peyote Short — December 27, 2009 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  275. I’d say that since you not only got a ringing endorsement from Wil Wheaton, but his staunch defense for your brilliance and creativity, every calorie is worth it! Rock on!

    Comment by Alan — December 27, 2009 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  276. This is a tremendous undertaking, and in all seriousness, my life is enriched from looking at your creation. Bravo!! (You also make me crave gummy bears, but I forgive you in light of the immense amount of AWESOME radiating from your photos.)

    Excuse me while I run along to show this to everyone I can think of.

    Comment by Danielle — December 27, 2009 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  277. That is awesome. And just made my night. May the hair on your toes never fall out!

    Comment by Rachel — December 27, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  278. At least now I know what I want for my birthday.. This freaking rocks..

    Comment by Steve G — December 27, 2009 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  279. Wow. I think I lack the patience and focus to do this. This is just impressive.

    Comment by Garet — December 27, 2009 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  280. The Battle That Never Ends….is still neverending! Frozen in both time and sugar. ^_^

    Comment by Melissa — December 27, 2009 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  281. Simply amazing. A wonderful piece of candy art, truly.

    Comment by Kathryn — December 27, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  282. This makes me want to read the books so that I can imagine the imagery with candy. It also makes me very hungry! By the way–simply AWEsome.

    Comment by Robyn — December 27, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  283. This is absolutely breathtaking.

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    Comment by Brittany — December 27, 2009 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  284. That is one of THE coolest things I’ve ever seen!! Wow!

    Comment by Total Fan Girl — December 27, 2009 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  285. This is amazing…my husband begged me to make one for our wedding. I never thought I would see it done. Bravo!

    Comment by Tina — December 27, 2009 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  286. So wonderful. I’m glad that people like you guys take the time to have fun and make something as crazy fantastic as this. Cheers!

    Comment by Arabella — December 27, 2009 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  287. You rock! Or perhaps, you rock candy!

    Excellent details and excellent sense of humor.

    Well done.

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  290. Awesome! I love it. Time well spent.

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  292. This is the most awesome thing in the history of ever. Kudos. *bows down*

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  294. As a lover of the books & movies, I have to say, you guys did a phenomenal job at recreating the White City. I especially loved the White Tree in the courtyard at the base of the Tower of Echthelion!! Wonderful use of creative energy; when you can’t go outside to play, why not do so indoors? Serious, great work… maybe I’m biased; I did propose to my wife at the Premier of the Two Towers…. Yes, I’m a geek & I’m proud!

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  296. This is the most awesome thing I’ve seen in a very long time. Well done!!!

    Comment by Christie — December 28, 2009 @ 3:42 am | Reply

  297. Of all the battles of middle earth, that would have been the sweetest victory of all.

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  304. This is most spectacular. Awesome job, and I love your commentary, too. Nice project for the holidays!

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  306. I’m basically speechless and humbled. What is especially cool is that this has generated a year of comments and is still going strong. What is this year’s project? Waiting in great anticipation to find out.

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  307. Sweet. Literally.

    Comment by Rebecca — December 28, 2009 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  308. Loved it! Laughed so hard my 82-year old Dad came in to see why, and HE loves it too – and as a retired engineer, he was very impressed! Keep up the support of the candy industry!

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    This one is a huge improvement over your helm’s deep creation. Good job!

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