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The Hobbit - The Side-door of Erebor


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"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole."

This set includes a part of the statue of Thrór, which leads to the Side-door of Erebor. Behinde the statue is a little treasure of a golden sword, a cup, 2 mini figure trophies and a rock crystal.

It contains exactly 400 pieces.

There are 4 Minifigures and the thrush.

  • Thorin Oakenshield with Lake-town clothes, he holds Thrór's Key
  • Dwalin with Lake-town clothes, he holds an axe of Lake-town
  • Nori with Lake-town clothes, he holds a cup and a hammer (I knew he used a spoon) ;-)
  • Bilbo with Lake-town clothes , he holds Thrórs Map

The Side-door

or Secret Door was a secret entrance to the Dwarven kingdom of the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) located on the western side of the mountain, from a shelf on the outside. It opened on to a long tunnel that led down to the Bottommost Cellar.

The Side-door was made as if to look like a rock face on the mountain and didn't look like a natural rock surface and all indications were that it was a constructed thing. Instead, its surface was flat and smooth and there were no signs that it was a door at all. The door was five feet high with a keyhole about three feet from the ground.

It was created sometime during the reign of Thrór with the support of his son Thráin. Their reason for creating it was unknown but literature points toward a means of escape. According to Thorin, Thrór and Thráin were the only ones who knew about it and used it to escape when Smaug attacked and claimed the mountain and all its wealth. The door could only be opened with a key, and then only on the last light shown upon it on Durin's Day. When Thorin and Company reached it, they recognized it for what it was and the dwarves eager to get inside attempted to force it open without success.

As a ray of sun struck the door, a piece of rock would flake off to reveal the key-hole, allowing the door to be opened. Bilbo passed through the door and down to Smaug. Anticipating that Smaug would find out how he got in, the dwarves shut the side-door to the outside and retreated down the tunnel just in time before Smaug attacked the entrance, smashing the rock face to bits, destroying the side-door and everything around it with lashings of his great tail, and sealing them in the mountain.

Thrór's Map

The map was drawn up at an unknown time by Thrór and his son Thráin Elrond believed it was written on a midsummer night under a crescent moon with the Moon-letters giving the directions on how to open the door. It illustrated the Lonely Mountain, the river that flowed from it, the lands surrounding it, and lastly the existence of the secret-entrance on the western side of the mountain. It survived the destruction of the kingdom by Smaug and was kept by Thrór as an heirloom of his people.

Thráin left his home in the Blue Mountains (Ered Luin) with a small company to try his luck with the map, intending to reach the Lonely Mountain despite the threat from Smaug, but he never got there. Instead, he was taken prisoner by the Orcs of Dol Guldur and imprisoned in its dungeons by Sauron. Sauron took his Dwarven Ring of Power.

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