For those who don't know, Minas Tirith is the capital of Gondor, a fictional city and castle set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Artist Pat Acton spent 3-years recreating the city using 420,000 carefully placed matchsticks and an additional 24,000 small wooden blocks to construct Mount Mindoulluin, which is used to support the entire structure. Continue reading for more images and information.
According to Twisted Sifter, "To create his artworks, Acton purchases matchsticks (without the sulfur tip) directly from match manufacturers. All of his models (that have not been purchased) can be viewed at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. The museum is open 7 days a week from 1-5 pm (April 1 – Nov. 30). Admission for adults is $5; kids aged 5-12 $3; and free for anyone younger."