Sunday, 22 September 2019

The real Mines of Moria

I have recently returned from a holiday in the wonderful city of Krakow, Poland - well worth a visit if you ever get the chance. One of the things we did while there was to visit the salt mines of Wieliczka. As usual when sightseeing, I slipped into nerdy mode and explained to my wife (in my best Gimli voice) that we would soon be treated to a "right royal welcome by my cousin Balin" as we entered Moria. As usual she rolled her eyes and we joined the tour. Of course I had just been joking, but when we finally made it down the 350 steps to a depth of 135 metres below ground, we really were in a dwarf mine.....

And here is the entrance, the dwarf statues here are a little tall, but check out the hammer above the entrance and those distinctive dwarf like columns. Note also the salt in the rock. Salt was a precious commodity in the days before canning and refrigeration, for thousands of years it was used in food preservation, and some historians believe that the first city in Europe developed around a salt mine. Food for thought. But enough of that, let's take a look at the dwarfy bits of the mines.

Dwarf Royal Guard

Balin's Tomb


Dwarfs read from the Book of Grudges


Anvil of Power


Dwarf apprentice (no beard!)


Dwarf treasure pouch

That's me sorted for salt for the next few years, I brought this 1kg bag up from the depths. It was a fantastic day out, interesting in a historical and a nerdy way. It's given me lots of ideas on how to develop the Oakenhammer dwarf story and collection. The next unit to be painted will definitely be the salt miners. After the goblins of course.........

5 comments:

Michael Awdry said...

How wonderful!

Anonymous said...

No wonder Poland has such a vibrant WHFB community....their country actually looks like the Old World !

Nord said...

Yep, with a touch of Harry Potter thrown in too. Check out the Polish Winged Hussars, see if you can spot their Warhammer counterpart?

Michal Kucharski DwarfCrypt said...

It's great that you visited this wonderful place!
I was a few years ago and also impressed me :)

Anonymous said...

Was it the winged hussars who did that huge "ride of the Rohan" attack on the Ottomans at Vienna ?

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