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Minas Tirith Made of Matchsticks

Jill Harness

Even those who aren't fans of The Lord of the Rings saga can still appreciate this amazing matchstick sculpture depicting the stunning mountain-side city of Minas Tirith.

The artist, Patrick Acton, took almost three years to complete the entire city that features hundreds of houses, a citadel, The White Tower of Ecthelion and the critical Tree of Gondor. In total, the structure took a whopping 420,000 matchsticks!

If you're interested in seeing it in person, be sure to drop by the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center in Iowa before the end of 2011.