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

by Zarathustra Posted 10th Feb 2014 at 10:58 PM - Updated 23rd Jul 2015 at 5:30 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

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Rivendell.zip 2.88 MB 11,217 11th Feb 2014
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#76 Old 26th Jun 2014 at 11:05 AM
I'm speechless...
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#77 Old 27th Jun 2014 at 9:39 AM
You are some kind of a wonder because this is totally amazing!
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#78 Old 2nd Jul 2014 at 2:56 PM
Mae govannen! Le fael :)
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#79 Old 2nd Jul 2014 at 2:56 PM
Mae govannen! Le fael :)
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#80 Old 7th Jul 2014 at 9:20 PM
This creation is going to be so much fun to play with. I have a fairy and husband and their three baby daughter fairies. The mother is Queen of the Fae. This is perfect for them. Thank you so much!
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#81 Old 12th Jul 2014 at 1:44 PM
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#82 Old 19th Jul 2014 at 6:29 PM
Thank you SO much! I LOVE THIS!!!
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#83 Old 21st Jul 2014 at 1:59 AM
Woa. How do you do the arched bridge?... Don't tell me, I will try to discover it myself
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#84 Old 21st Jul 2014 at 3:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Lily Powder
Woa. How do you do the arched bridge?... Don't tell me, I will try to discover it myself


Haha, alright, best of luck to you! (But if you can't figure it out, I'd be happy to let you in on "THE SECRET" )

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#85 Old 26th Jul 2014 at 8:28 PM
This is awesome. I'm using the word with its true meaning because I am in awe of how magnificent this house is!
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#86 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 1:28 PM
Awesome!
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#87 Old 29th Jul 2014 at 5:37 PM
really cool! really get the rivendell "feeling" ;)
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#88 Old 30th Jul 2014 at 7:23 AM
Wooooooooooooooooow!!! So awesome. Thank you!!! So well made!
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#89 Old 19th Aug 2014 at 2:47 PM
thank you very much !
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#90 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 12:06 AM
Wow... Just Wow
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#91 Old 4th Oct 2014 at 9:25 AM
thank
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#92 Old 12th Oct 2014 at 1:19 AM
does this work on Sims 4?
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#93 Old 12th Oct 2014 at 2:37 AM
This is perfect for my medieval vacation destination!
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#94 Old 12th Oct 2014 at 3:50 AM
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does this work on Sims 4?


Nope, TS2 lots only work with TS2, and TS4 lots only works with TS4- they're completely different programs (even if they're in the same series) so the files from one don't work with a different program.

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#95 Old 20th Oct 2014 at 2:13 PM
wow thanks
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#96 Old 21st Oct 2014 at 5:57 AM
I do not play Sims 2 anymore but i need to say this... What a beautiful creation!!!!!!!!! It looks so amazing. I have no words, just.. Gorgeous!
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#97 Old 2nd Nov 2014 at 11:06 AM
That is .... like.. totaly AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#98 Old 8th Nov 2014 at 1:45 PM
I haven't dpwnloaded any TS2 lots in a long time but this one is a must, Fabulous!
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#99 Old 12th Nov 2014 at 5:44 PM
Is there any hope of this going to TS3?
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#100 Old 13th Nov 2014 at 2:27 AM
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Is there any hope of this going to TS3?


'Fraid not- I don't have TS3, nor any plans of getting it. Sorry!

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