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Even if you have an undying love for crafts and a hefty appreciation for the Lord of the Rings series, we guarantee that you don”t love them as much as Pat Acton of Matchstick Marvels does.

Acton dedicated over three years and 420,000 matchsticks to the creation of this scale model of Minas Tirith, the white city of Gondor in Tolkien”s Middle Earth. Now that”s dedication.

As you can probably tell, Acton has been making matchstick models for a long time. He began working with them in the late 1970s, his first piece being a simple model of a church. Since then, he”s created 65 matchstick models of architecture, art, and machinery. He”s used an astonishing 4,000,000 matchsticks to do so.

Many of Acton”s pieces can be found in Ripley”s Believe It Or Not. In fact, that company has purchased a good deal of his work.

Minas Tirith itself resides in the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Besides the 420,000 matchsticks, it”s also supported by 24,000 wooden blocks that make up the mountain from which the city emerges.

Minas Tirith is surrounded by many other equally impressive matchstick models in the museum.

The seven-level model is perfectly detailed, and includes the Tree of Gondor, as well as the Tower of Ecthelion at the top.

The matchsticks Acton uses come without the sulfur heads, making them easier to layer. Acton also bends the matchsticks to form curved shapes using needle-nose pliers, but bending them doesn”t require water. He”s got a number of tricks and techniques up his sleeve, all of which have been perfected over the years.

If you”re near Gladbrook, you can stop by the museum to check out this matchstick masterpiece. If you”re not local, you can simply enjoy the photos here, and on the museum”s website.

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