It never ceases to amaze me, the dedication of Minecraft players. Imgur user Fornad uploaded an incredible gallery showing off nine months of painstaking work. The Shire recreation is at a 1:58 scale and “is arguably one of the most detailed and well-researched maps ever made in the game.”
Damn, Minecraft can look excellent on PC.
Lore accuracy was a pivotal pillar for the group. The image below of Hobbiton-across-the-Water with Bag End in the background was created based on Tolkien’s drawing.
Check out Tolkien’s drawing below to see how they compare. The Minecraft players did a fine job translating the layout into the game.
The attention to detail on all aspects is crazy. The Shire was based on a rural society of people whose main concern is the day to day work of caring for crops and livestock. “Our fields are based on a system of four-field crop rotation, where different crops are grown in a field three years out of four and the field is left to “fallow” on the fourth year in order to let the soil rest. This was a system used all over Europe before the advent of industrial fertilisers,” writes Fornad.
They even made sure to build realistic geological terrain. It helped that one of the 25 members happened to be a professional geologist.
Here’s one more image showing an overview of the Shire as it looks today.
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