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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 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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Sims 2 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 7 SPs
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Test Subject
#2 Old 10th Feb 2014 at 11:06 PM
I may have moved on to TS3 but dang I gotta say this is gorgeous and if I still had TS2 I would have DL'd it in a millisecond!
Test Subject
#3 Old 10th Feb 2014 at 11:19 PM
That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! I love LOTR/The Hobbit!
Test Subject
#4 Old 10th Feb 2014 at 11:20 PM
What a beautiful lot! It must have taken a lot of time & effort... thank you so much for creating & sharing!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 10th Feb 2014 at 11:43 PM
Most EXcellent work--and no CC too! I hope to see more of your work in the near future! Thanks for sharing.

Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 12:26 AM
This is awesome and no cc, EPIC key choice!! I need this in my game, this would make a perfect home for my elf sims. Looks just like Rivendell, awesome!!
Constant Contestant
retired moderator THANKS POST
#7 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 12:35 AM
Another amazing lot! It's beautiful, thank you.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 1:11 AM
Holy cow, and it's cc-free?! This is incredible!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#9 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 2:09 AM
Edited the lot a bit to fix issues I noticed after uploading (no gate to the greenhouse, ceiling floating in the middle of one of the stairwells ) so for those of you who downloaded it in the first 5 hours or so, you may want to fix them before moving Sims into the lot. For as long as I've been working on this lot off and on, I don't know how I missed them, but what are you gonna do? Should be fixed now, at any rate- let me know if anything else is amiss, thanks!
Test Subject
#10 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 3:22 AM
You are a great creator! I love your stuff. You just keep surprising us! Please keep it up.
#11 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 3:48 AM
this is cool!!
Test Subject
#12 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 3:53 AM
This is amazing! I can't imagine how much time and effort this took. My ancient laptop can't handle lots over 3x3 sadly but if it could I would download in a heartbeat!
#13 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 4:16 AM
Very impressive, and all with no cc! The build skill here also just blows me away, fantastic job all round!
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 6:35 AM Last edited by celticlass64 : 11th Feb 2014 at 6:36 AM. Reason: adding additional note
This is a stunning lot. If my computer hadn't crashed -- leaving me with an older computer that can't load all of the needed SPs -- I would be playing it tomorrow! Still, I've book marked the page so I can play it when I repair or replace my computer.

PS I hope to see more of your non-modern lots in future!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 6:48 AM
Beautifully done. I've always been hesitant to use differing elevations within a lot so this will come in handy for my royals :P Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this. I look forward to more creativity like this.
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 7:18 AM
So beautiful, excellent work!
Test Subject
#17 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 1:29 PM
i'm too amazed to say anything smart. thank you, this is priceless
Field Researcher
#18 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 8:28 PM
This is a stunning lot. Thank you so much for creating it; I can see myself really using it in the future!
#19 Old 11th Feb 2014 at 9:22 PM
Beautiful work, and I really appreciated your descriptive text also.
#20 Old 12th Feb 2014 at 4:24 AM
There is nothing left to say but: WOW, It's really beautiful!
#21 Old 12th Feb 2014 at 5:17 PM
I'm really impressed!
And not because of the LOTR reference, because it's an stunning beautiful awesome building, with a marvelous style -and no CC! Gorgeous.
Probably too big for my gameplay style (my Sims can hardly afford an starter home) but I swear that if I ever ever ever have some really rich Sims they will live in this lot, because it's so lovely to say no!
Test Subject
#22 Old 12th Feb 2014 at 11:29 PM
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 13th Feb 2014 at 8:51 AM
i'm not worthy!!!....
#24 Old 13th Feb 2014 at 9:26 AM
Absolutely gorgeous.
Field Researcher
#25 Old 13th Feb 2014 at 12:15 PM
This is mind-blowing. Actually I've been looking at all your lots, and they are all amazing. And that you do it with no CC... even more mind-blowing.

Keep it up! I'm thinking I need to start a hood just so I can tour this place for my self, and some lucky sim! :D
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