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.: The Hobbit, a Maze :. by Avogel57 .: The Hobbit, a Maze :. by Avogel57
The Hobbit, a Maze
Technical Pen
13" x 16"
August, 2012

Is this what the intersection of insanity and obsession looks like lol?? I was playing around with pen sketches and repedetive patterns, and I decided that I'd like to try my hand at a maze =) I used to draw these on my desks in middle school, but it's been ages since I've thought to try one out. I was thinking of doing one based off of the LoTR, with different paths for each of the major charachters, but figured I'd better start off *small* first :p

The goal is simple; to start off in the Shire, and make it all the way to the Lonely Mountain. I'm thinking of digitally adding some false color later, but even in b/w you can make out the sharp craggy terrain of the Misty Mountains, the tangled topography of Mirkwood, even an arm or two of the Iron Moiuntains reaching into the top of the frame. I labled a few landmarks, but others, like the Long Lake and the River Running are merely suggested.

Follow the story. Though the ways may be twisted, you should be able to hit the major landmarks in order; if you find yourself far out in the wilds, you're probably on the wrong track. Then again....

" It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. "

)) Sidenote: This is my 300th Deviation! Woo!! ((

(I listed this under technical illustrations; I really have no idea what the propper category might be. Fantasy? if you have a suggestion, I'd be willing to switch things up)

Print off the following four quadrants on some nice map-like parchment paper, trim the extra bits off, and then tape them together to do the maze yourself at home! Each is on a standard 8.5" x 11" format, but you can blow it up to whatever size you like! I'd love to hear back what y'all think of it =D

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Given 2012-09-15
The Suggester said: This artist in general is an amazing traditional artist that shows a lot of skill. I was amazed when I saw how far his attention to detail goes when I saw a maze this large and detailed. Mazes are so much harder to make than to go through! And this one actually follows the story of LOTR! .: The Hobbit, a Maze :. by ~Avogel57 ( Suggested by desiree-amber-moore and Featured by Astralseed )
yairharris Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Thank you so much! It was really fun. Took me almost two hours to solve! (I saved the solution as a jpeg file and I will gladly send it to you if you like)
warriorsgirl12 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally! after like 2 hours i finished it!
LabyrinthMaster Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
You amaze me. *budum tss*
Mango-Nezumi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most accurate map of Middle Earth jfc
Strecno Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! What an amazing maze! I have to try it out :)
Thank you so much for sharing this! :D
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you ever get a chance to try it?? =)
Strecno Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, of course! I’m currently in Mirkwood, among the spiders ^^ I wonder how you create that. Did you drawn the right way first and add the impasses later or arose it while drawing??
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It sort of evolved while I was drawing it; mostly, I established a few points, and went on to connect them, but I tried to leave several possible routes; I just sort of looped or dead-ended most of them, so that only one would take you all of the way, though most would SEEM to go through :p
pinctraeth Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Artist
Has anyone ever actually been able to complete this?!
That is absolutely mind frazzleing but that makes it better
Avogel57 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, yes, it IS possible to complete (there's a link in the comments, somebody mapped out the route) but that WOULD be a mean trick, making it unsolvable :p
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