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Some folk have got too much time on their hands. Then again, sometimes those people deserve to be applauded for their efforts.

Like this guy, a dedicated Lego fanatic who whiled away the final months of 2010 building this incredibly detailed Barad-dûr replica out of roughly 50,000 Lego blocks.

Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter

Source: Kevin J Walter

Its creator, Kevin J Walter, spent two and a half months constructing the masterpiece, trying to capture as many details as possible with just images and a collectable model to work from. He did have the help of 15 other people over the course of the tower's construction, though.

Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter

Source: Kevin J Walter

"The ultimate challenge was just a small part of the tower—the two small towers on the corners with their hexagonal shape—I needed over two weeks of continuing tries and fails, before I got the final solution for it," Walter, told ArsTechnica. He had an eye for the tower since he first saw Lord of the Rings.

Lego Barad-dûr by Kevin J Walter

Source: Kevin J Walter

Even though the model won an award at Brickworld 2011, Walter now plans to dismantle it. Lego bricks are expensive after all and if you have a look at Walter's Flickr page, you'll see he's quite the Lego expert. No rest for the wicked. ®

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