There’s so many beautiful recreations of cities and places in Minecraft these days that we really need some kind of museum to display them in. If such a place existed, no doubt one of the star exhibits would be this build of The Shire, one of Middle-earth’s most lush regions and home to those hairy-footed Hobbits. This blocky clone of The Shire is 1:58 scale, and has been created by 25 lore-abiding builders.
You can peruse some of its beauty here, but you should jump over to the Imgur gallery to see many more. The map is said to be “around 3500x2500” blocks, and adhering to “geological and botanical realism.” Thankfully one of the people involved is a geologist by profession, so that should help keep everything as accurate as possible.
The map is based on Tolkien’s drawings and descriptions of The Shire, so don’t go looking for replica’s of Peter Jackson’s movie sets. Not that you can tell much difference; the films certainly captured a lot of what Tolkien seemed to be imagining.
Thanks, PC Gamer.