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Featured upload! 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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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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Rivendell.zip 2.88 MB 11,511 11th Feb 2014
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .sims2pack file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.

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Test Subject
#101 Old 24th Nov 2014 at 7:08 PM
This is pretty amazing! Makes me want to load my games and play again!
Lab Assistant
#102 Old 11th Dec 2014 at 8:41 PM
though my computer and not able to get on such large lots - it's awesome)
Test Subject
#103 Old 3rd Jan 2015 at 2:53 AM
This is fantastic; thank you for sharing!
#104 Old 20th Jan 2015 at 7:49 AM
Lab Assistant
#105 Old 6th Feb 2015 at 7:25 AM
Wow! This is just beautiful!
#106 Old 6th Mar 2015 at 7:07 PM
Test Subject
#107 Old 11th Mar 2015 at 7:01 AM
Thanks a lot!! I still play sims 2 so this one is cool! :)
Test Subject
#108 Old 2nd Apr 2015 at 2:44 PM
Thanks for you great job it`s real great.
Test Subject
#109 Old 11th Apr 2015 at 8:18 AM
Thank you so much for this beauty! <3 I am in awe.

Do we need to have ALL stuff packs for sims 2 to have this lot work?????
Original Poster
#110 Old 11th Apr 2015 at 5:38 PM
Glad you like it! Not quite all of them, you shouldn't have to have Family Fun or Happy Holidays, and maybe possibly IKEA (though I wouldn't trust me on that, since I know I had IKEA installed when I was working on this lot, and I tend to end up using something from every SP...) but I think every other SP had at least something from it get used... It should match up with whatever I listed the compatibility as for the upload.

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Test Subject
#111 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 3:12 AM
such a perfection! i love it ! but will lagg much on my game .. but thanks for sharing it !
Test Subject
#112 Old 11th May 2015 at 8:18 AM
Oh, this looks so beautiful, and I'm such a LOTR nerd . . . but I don't have AL and don't plan on getting it for multiple reasons, alas. If there was a version of this without the need for AL, I'd download it and play it in a heartbeat!
Test Subject
#113 Old 28th Jun 2015 at 4:06 PM
Wow awesome thanks =)
Test Subject
#114 Old 14th Jul 2015 at 2:27 AM
Oh my goodness!! This is awesome!!
Test Subject
#115 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 10:05 PM
Wow, that's amazing! :O *.*
Test Subject
#116 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 11:20 PM
Thank you! It is amazing! Especially I like it becouse of "Only Maxis" style. It is perfect!
Test Subject
#117 Old 31st Dec 2015 at 5:06 AM
Is something wrong with the file? I downloaded it but it won't install. The installer is only appearing in hex code and no matter what I do I can't get it to display properly or install anything. Has anyone else had this problem?
Lab Assistant
#118 Old 24th Oct 2016 at 9:07 PM
I stopped playing a while back do that my PC was not handling the game well and the amount of stuff I had in it. However, I am buying a new PC and started collecting what will go in my game. Your lot is wonderful and since is playable, I loved it! I captures well enough the spirit of the elves and Rivendale.
Test Subject
#119 Old 11th Dec 2016 at 9:53 PM
ima cry, this is so beautiful
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Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #no cc, #lord of the rings, #lotr, #elves, #elven, #medieval, #tolkien, #rivendell, #elrond, #hobbit, #plantsim, #garden, #fantasy, #middle earth