Ten Ton Hammer Exclusive
Point of Interest: Brockenborings
Received by Ralsu
The friendly folks on the Turbine team behind Lord of the Rings Online:
Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) were kind enough to send me some screenshots
of the Brockenborings Orchard.
In particular, I wish to thank Adam
Merksy, Director of Communications at Turbine for helping these
pictures find their way to my inbox.
Middle-earth: Brockenborings Orchard
picturesque hobbit village renowned for its splendid orchards,
Brockenborings comes to life beautifully thanks to the artful craft of
Turbine Developer Chris Pierson. Pierson is a Turbine veteran with over
6 years of lending his talents to the Turbine team. A self-proclaimed
Lord of the Rings "lore monkey" who is "way too familiar with the books
for [his] own good," Pierson's passion for accurately recreating
Tolkien's world shows in the intricate details evident in
Look closely and you will find that some apples are riper on one side
than another. Some leaves show signs of the discoloration that comes
with the transition from summer to autumn. Even the bark of the trees
displays natural-looking scarring. Clearly, Brockenborings is a labor
of love for Pierson, one about which every hobbit fans should be
Also take notice of the accuracy of the stone wall forming a perimeter
around the orchard. Rather than smooth,
computer-generated stones that all catch the light evenly, the stones
in the wall at Brockenborings are rough and uneven. Some of the stones
jut out beyond the ones beneath them, creating realistic shadows and
textures for the world of Middle-earth.
Finally, pay attention to the detail on the exterior walls of the
windmill. Some of the plaster has cracked and started to chip away due
to the ravages of weather, exposing the brick foundation underneath.
Wildflowers grow at the base of the windmill--just as they do near the
bottoms of the hills into which the hobbits build their homes.
Be careful, however, that the serene scene depicted in Brockenborings
doesn't lull you into a sense of security. Dangers abound everywhere in
Middle-earth, and horrors could be mere paces beyond the stone wall
surrounding the orchard. LOTRO players, especially hobbits, should have
ample opportunity to visit Brockenborings, and it is sure to be one of
the more popular landmarks in the game. With its rustic beauty and
authentic design, Chris Pierson has cemented the orchard as a very
"real" part of Tolkien's world.