LEGO 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell designers reveal the set’s secrets

Learn all the secrets of 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell in our exclusive interview with the designers behind the latest LEGO Icons set.

Late last month, the Brick Fanatics team packed our bags and flew over to Billund, the home of the brick. It’s a pilgrimage LEGO fans from every corner should make at least once – whether to check out the LEGO House, unleash your inner child at LEGOLAND or just to peer through the windows of the Innovation House (until security comes along and stops you).

For this specific trip, though, we only had one mission: find out everything there is to know about 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell, the first Middle-earth model in a decade. To achieve our goal, we’d need to speak to the brilliant minds behind the 6,167-piece set, including Mike Psiaki, Wes Talbott, Chris Perron and Ashwin Visser.

The guys had plenty of secrets to reveal – and one they really couldn’t talk about – in the half-hour we had to chat all things Rivendell, and you can check out the entire interview right now over at our YouTube channel (or by hitting play on the video below). 

From the freezing point for LEGO weapons to the true identity of the set’s curveball character, our interview is packed with all sorts of fascinating insights into 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell. This isn’t the only cool opportunity we had with the gang – more on that next week – but it’s well worth grabbing a drink, maybe some snacks, and sitting back to take it all in.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like this, including what we’ve got up our sleeve next from Mike, Wes, Chris and Ashwin. For more on Rivendell, check out our guide to everything you need to know before taking the plunge on the £429.99 / $499.99 / €499.99 set.

10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell is available now at and in LEGO Stores. You can support the work that Brick Fanatics does by purchasing your copy using our affiliate links. Thanks!

Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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