The Tower of Orthanc: Isengard
"Tell me. When did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness!"
In the days of old this tower was constructed by the Numenoreans to safeguard the northwestern reaches of Gondor. Together with Helms Deep, they protected the Fords of Isen and the Gap of Rohan from invasion.
Isengard means "Iron Fortress" in Sindarian. It refers to the circular wall that surrounds the central tower. Water flows into the ring, giving the fortress a dynamic appearance of being both sinister and harmonious.
The actual tower is called Orthanc, which means "Mount Fang". It was built by the Dunedains, who occupied Isengard for a period of time battling Rohan. The tower is made of an unknown rock that is extremely hard. No magic or physical object can destroy it, although the Ents were able to flake a few pieces off the base.
Eventually the Dunedians lost control, and control was once again recovered by Gondor. Then, the White wizard, Saruman the Wise, asked for control of the tower. The stewards agreed and gave him the keys to the tower.
The tower had a Palantiri stone as well, which functioned like medieval skype-calling with the crystal ball. Saruman used this to watch over the enemy. However, it was found to be his demise, as Sauron tempted Saruman with the power of the One Ring. Isengard, has been unleashed.
Saruman transformed Isengard into a desolate wasteland. Uprooting every tree, damming the river, and carving into the earth, Saruman started building his own personal Ork army. He successfully intermixed goblins and orks together to make Uruk-hai, a super-soldier version of the Orks.
Saruman believed that by joining with Sauron, he could share the power of the One Ring over all Middle Earth.
Hence, this union became known as the union of the Two Towers: Barad-Dur and Isengard
. "Isengard, only a little copy, a child's model or a slave's flattery, of that vast fortress, furnace of great power, Barad-Dur. The Dark Tower which suffered no rival."
What knowledge will the Palantiri stone show you? Images of a day's past? Or a Shadow that grows
in the dark.....
Constructing the tower wasn't too difficult. I made sure the sides sloped at a steep angle while preserving the detail. Reference pictures came in handy.An 11-Page Step by Step on How to Make the Tower
I can take suggestions as to builds from Middle Earth that you would like to see! On one condition: I will not be doing Minas Tirith right now. It looks way to complicated currently
Plenty have built it on Minecraft if you are interested in seeing them.