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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)


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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 )
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AmazingMattsMazes Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
hey man that an awesome maze Avogel157 . I also draw mazes myself go check out some of my maze art here on DeviantArt  amazingmattsmazes.deviantart.c…
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Redstone2013 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Where do i start
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:iconyairharris:
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)
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:iconwarriorsgirl12:
warriorsgirl12 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally! after like 2 hours i finished it!
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:iconlabyrinthmaster:
LabyrinthMaster Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
You amaze me. *budum tss*
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:iconmango-nezumi:
Mango-Nezumi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most accurate map of Middle Earth jfc
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:iconstrecno:
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
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you ever get a chance to try it?? =)
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:iconstrecno:
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??
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:iconavogel57:
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
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pinctraeth Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Has anyone ever actually been able to complete this?!
That is absolutely mind frazzleing but that makes it better
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:iconavogel57:
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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:iconpinctraeth:
pinctraeth Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will not look for the link because I must complete it by myself. After about six and a half hours of trying I'll give up and frantically look for the solution!! :D
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Himwath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's... insane.

Good work.


I'm just wondering how someone is able to draw things like this 8D
Is there some kind of pattern or logic or what?
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Mostly, I mapped out the key points that I wanted to hit, and then sorta filled in the spaces between =)
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PRFury Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:jawdrop: wow....
that is a beautiful maze indeed
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:iconaleame:
Aleame Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!!
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:iconnextavatar:
nextavatar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
not only a maze but an optical illusion as well, everything just moves around XD
it's hard foucusing with my ADHD :P
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:iconsnowstorm358:
snowstorm358 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
That is so cool.
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:iconjewishsombrero:
JewishSombrero Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
when i look at after scrolling it pulsates, so cool.
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:iconciranwr:
CiranWR Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
When you scroll it pulseates
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am glad to know that I am not the only one who used to draw mazes instead of paying attention to my teacher in middle school! For me, also grade school... I used to have a collection of Vladimir Koziakin's books, and still have some, along with Greg Bright's.
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Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Dear sir, I'd like to use this picture as part of the decoration for the space we are going to use on November 19th to set a Hall of Fire in Milan, Italy. There will be readings, music, theatre and live art. Of course I'll credit your work respecting the terms of the licence, but I would love to receive your explicit approval. If you like, we can also set up specifics for people to buy the print via DA.
Kind regards

C.R. Shelidon
www.bolgeri.it
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I suppose asking for airline tickets to Milan is asking a bit much, so go ahead and use it for your event; I'd love to see photos of this once it takes place =)
If it's practical, post a link or a nameplate nearby, so long as it doesn't interfere with the overall aesthetic. You may wish to poke around the gallery, too; there are a number of other Tolkien inspired works that you might be interested in.

Cheers!
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:iconshelidon:
Shelidon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
LOL, yeah, airline tickets would be a little out of budget for us, right know (also considering that the budget is nearly zero). You are from the US, right? Anyway, I'll for sure post some pictures of the overall thing after the 17th, and thank you very much for your approval!
<3

C.R. Shelidon
www.bolgeri.it
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :)
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:iconhellerick:
Hellerick Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Well, it was pretty easy.
It took just three days. [link]
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol; I'm saving that pic and sharing it with anyone who can't get all the way through! =)
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who. I don't have the brains for that :P
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jeditoby Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This will provide hours of amusement tomorrow! Thank you so much!
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Watch out for trolls. And spiders. And wargs! :p
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sackofsquan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
omg this reminds me of this [link] a work i did a while ago
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! =)
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Pixiedust584 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
:iconchallengeacceptedplz:
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Three days later:
f*ck yeah!
--or--
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!

??
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:iconpixiedust584:
Pixiedust584 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol....but it IS possible!! :D
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:iconpixiedust584:
Pixiedust584 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
>:I
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, how goes it?
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:iconpixiedust584:
Pixiedust584 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Nyahaha.
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:iconqueen-obsessed:
Queen-Obsessed Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I cannot begin to explain how epically amazing I find this.
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
=)
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MysteryKittenThe1st Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconchallengeacceptedplz::iconsaysplz: Challenge accepted,
:iconchallengeaccepted2:
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Three days later:
f*ck yeah!
--or--
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!

??
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wait, (.)(.) ??

damn blue-feet!!
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fictionfreak13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool! I don't know you, but as of right now I think you're awesome. Just thought I'd make sure you knew that. This is so many different levels of amazing. Just so cool. I want to hug you. . . . :hug: That'll do. This is awesome. Great work.
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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LoftheM Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, that's what reading the books is like. I love the look of mazes and how their interactive as well as visually nice, and you used contours that remind me of the look of maps, something that's much of the same. You've also got loads of patience.
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:iconavogel57:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! =)
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lirachiu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
challenge accepted
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