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Rivendell - The Last Homely House East of the Sea (No CC)

by Zarathustra Posted 10th Feb 2014 at 9:58 PM - Updated 23rd Jul 2015 at 4:30 AM by Zarathustra : Fixing minor errors
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
No CC required.

And now for something completely different! All my buildings thus far have been modern, urban constructions, but I have other neighborhoods filled with buildings of different sorts as well, and I want to share them too! Hence, I present to you the House of Elrond- Rivendell, Imladris, or the Last Homely House West of the Mountains and East of the Sea. I based my design for this lot off of Rivendell as it appears in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (not including The Hobbit, as they changed the designs for the valley and buildings quite a bit, and I like LOTR better!), so for those of you who want a comparison, I've included a few shots of Rivendell models- one designed for collectors, the other designed (so far as I can tell) for filming in the actual movies. To quote the epic tale of the estimable hobbit Bilbo Baggins, "[The] house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all."

Home to both immortal Elves and mortal men privileged enough to be named elf-friend, the valley of Imladris is a home of peace and good cheer and lore, not of battle or industry. The buildings use forms found in nature and are lined all about with arches, windows, and balconies, so that whether indoors or out, one will always feel a part of the valley itself. The waters of Bruinen flow about this home, and the soft, tranquil sounds of falling water can be heard throughout the House of Elrond. The moss-and-grass covered hills lend shape to the buildings atop them, and the pathways through the trees flow naturally over the landscape rather than cutting through it.

Both indoors and out, Rivendell is a place for life and growing things, with plants growing both wild and cultivated in anyplace you care to look. In designing this lot, one of my primary concerns was getting the feel of Rivendell as close to that of the films as I could, so while parts of the valley are my own design, others are designed based on scenes from the films. Thus, it is only natural that there should be an outdoor gathering place for the Council of Elrond, where beings from all corners of Middle-SimEarth can gather to discuss the greatest problems of their Age. Likewise, Rivendell would not be Rivendell without an arched bridge to allow the Fellowship to pass over the splashing waters of the valley. Other areas, like the gazebo structure or several of the alcove statues, may not be direct copies of anything from the movie, but they still bring the feel of Rivendell into the Sims. In daylight, rays of sunlight can reach nearly every part of the House of Elrond, while at night, beeswax candles and elvish lanterns ensure that none of the Fair Folk will ever have to walk in darkness.

As I designed it, this lot is best suited for those aspiring to the pursuit of knowledge or for the loving environment of a large family, as there is very little here that would serve the interests of a pleasure-seeking or fortune-minded individual. Whether your Sim-Elves are of the green-skinned PlantSim variety, or just regular Sims with pointed ears, Rivendell should bring a sense of peace and calm to even the most stressed-out of Sims. A sanctuary of nature, knowledge, art, and music, this lot can serve as a guiding light in the turbulent world of a medieval neighborhood. Indoors and out, this lot is perfect for quiet contemplation and meditation, for the study of ancient texts, for the composition of soaring melodies, or for the cultivation of growing things to bring more beauty to a world dominated by stone and industry. In my own gameplay I tend towards smaller households, so I've only included two double-beds in the lot, but with as many libraries and sitting rooms as there are, if you choose to move in a larger household, you should have no trouble finding rooms to convert into bedchambers, and if you like the design I've chosen for the interior, I think there are enough examples of how I construed it that you should have no trouble making them fit in with the rest of the home. The House of Elrond is known for welcoming all who come to it.

At 5X6 and over $500,000, this is a massive lot, so it will be slower on some computers, but like my skyscrapers, I DESIGNED it on an old, slow computer, so it is playable- just slower. Also like all my other lots, I designed the lot with no CC and instead just tried to find the Maxis items that best fit the aesthetic I was looking for, but I know there are a good number of uploads by other MTS members that were designed specifically after JRR Tolkien's and Peter Jackson's elvish aesthetic. For those of you who are so inclined, I will be in no way offended if you choose to play this lot with those sorts of modifications. Still, I've worked on this lot long enough that I think even without other mods, it does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of Rivendell. As far as placement goes, it should be clear that this lot looks best in a forested locale, and while it isn't necessary, for a truly Tolkien-esque Rivendell, this lot should be placed at the bottom of a valley or in the foothills of a mountain range. Also, I assume that most of you play neighborhoods with a variety of seasons as your norm, but for those of you who don't, this lot is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful to watch the seasons change on, particularly in spring and autumn, as the budding leaves and flowers of springtime lend even more beauty to the elvish architecture, and fallen leaves bestow it with a feeling of timelessness in keeping with its nearly five-thousand-year history. At any rate, however you choose to play it, I hope it's something you enjoy!

Mellon, namarie.

Lot Size: 5x6
Lot Price: $582,273

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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#51 Old 17th Mar 2014 at 3:44 AM
Wow everybody! 1000 downloads! Thanks for all for your interest in this lot- I honestly wasn't sure how it would be received when I uploaded it! I'm certainly glad I did, though now I'm not sure what I can do to top this! Thank you all!
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#52 Old 18th Mar 2014 at 10:15 AM
Merci *___*
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#53 Old 19th Mar 2014 at 3:13 AM
This is amazing. Thank you!
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#54 Old 23rd Mar 2014 at 7:02 AM
Wow!
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#55 Old 23rd Mar 2014 at 1:58 PM
Amazing!
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#56 Old 27th Mar 2014 at 2:27 AM
Gorgeous
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#57 Old 29th Mar 2014 at 10:08 PM
Achieving that look with no CC is nothing short amazing. As is the fact that you chose to make it with no CC. Very good job. I don't play oldey-style hoods myself, but this is beautiful so I might just find a spot for it.
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#58 Old 8th Apr 2014 at 3:29 PM
For the given materials, this is fantastic!!!!! Being an LOTR nerd, I squeed.
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#59 Old 8th Apr 2014 at 7:44 PM
Holy!!!! This is awesome!
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#60 Old 8th Apr 2014 at 8:43 PM
this is a very dreamhouse!!! that's great!
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#61 Old 10th Apr 2014 at 4:59 PM
This is just completely enchanting! :D
You really thought of everything, didn't you? It must have taken you a lot of time to assemble all that, and even just to put your post itself together - that, or along with being an admirable sim-architect, you're a talented writer.

Either way, I praise you!! :D
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#62 Old 18th Apr 2014 at 7:46 PM
This looks amazing shall be downloading this very soon, would just like to know the specs of the house, you know, how many bedrooms bathrooms how many kitchen areas dining areas, if anyone could tell me I would be most grateful
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#63 Old 19th Apr 2014 at 12:15 AM
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This looks amazing shall be downloading this very soon, would just like to know the specs of the house, you know, how many bedrooms bathrooms how many kitchen areas dining areas, if anyone could tell me I would be most grateful


Glad you like it! I'm really pleased with both how this lot turned out, and how positive people's reception of it has been! Kind of hard to pin down whether a room has one function or another, since I was trying to make this lot as "open" feeling as possible (there's hardly any interior walls), so you might think differently, but here's the specs as I would put them:

3 Bathrooms
2 Bedrooms
1 Kitchen
1 Dining area
3 Studies/offices
3 Living rooms

I play small families, hence the few bedrooms, but it wouldn't be hard to change some of the studies or living rooms into additional bedrooms, and to find spaces that you can wall off for additional bathrooms. I would say look around the lot quite a bit first though, so you can figure out the style I used, to keep your alterations from looking to odd when compared with the rest of the house
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#64 Old 21st Apr 2014 at 12:23 AM
this gives me a reason to get the last 2 eps so I can own this
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#65 Old 22nd Apr 2014 at 5:57 PM
It is absolutely beautiful.
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#66 Old 26th Apr 2014 at 8:30 PM
Wow. You did great job. I still play in Sims and I am a big fan of LOTR and that architecture is almost exactly like from Peter Jackson film. Thanks for that
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#67 Old 27th Apr 2014 at 11:41 AM
thanks
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#68 Old 28th Apr 2014 at 1:04 AM
Wooow. This is amazing. And without CC? I'm so impressed :D
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#69 Old 29th Apr 2014 at 1:06 PM
Wow! Thanks so much for this! Can't wait to use it in my game! You're awesome!
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#70 Old 30th Apr 2014 at 3:59 AM
Any day I meet another Tolkien fan is a GOOD day!
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#71 Old 1st May 2014 at 12:47 AM
Nice !!!
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#72 Old 18th May 2014 at 4:37 PM
I wouldn't know where to start - I'm blown away, love this!

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#73 Old 25th May 2014 at 12:21 AM
Wow~ this is amazing!
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#74 Old 7th Jun 2014 at 3:58 PM
this house i9s beautiful and well detailed
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#75 Old 21st Jun 2014 at 7:18 AM
Wonderful <3 Thank you
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