Wrath of Mordor

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by Frodo7
Cloned from Osgiliath by Frodo7.

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This font was inspired by the works of Christophe Szpajdel (Lord of the Logos, 2010, Die Gestalten Verlag), as well as by the film trilogy and the following game titles (e.g. Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 2014) based on Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Given the game theme, and the 48 bricks vertical limit, I thought more or less around pixel art, or pixel fonts. This is my endeavour to make a spiky blackletter in Szpajdel's black metal style that evokes the terror of Mordor at pixel level. This font has been extensively tested for best kerning, yet some issues might have remained unresolved.

Info Created on 2nd November 2014 . Last edited on 7th December 2014.
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Comment by Frodo7 21st November 2014
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Comment by Frodo7 22nd November 2014
A masterpiece!
Comment by architaraz 22nd November 2014
totaly love this pixel black
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 22nd November 2014
I am with Upixel - and I like your interpretation and implementation of epic Tolkien style
Comment by beate 22nd November 2014
@architaraz, @Upixel, @beate: Thank you for your comments, and generous ratings. Feedback was always an essential part of my fontstructing process. No creative mind could work in isolation, at least not for long.

In return, I'd like to share a few sketches with you to shed light on the full scope of this project. Project Mordor, as I call it, started its life on square paper. The sketches were made with a full size font in mind. The x-height was set to be 24, the ascenders and descenders were to be 12 - 12 bricks, respectively. One square on paper corresponds to 2x2 FS bricks. The resolution of this matrix could be doubled by the use of composite bricks. However, even at this early stage I realised, I needed some extra vertical space to accommodate the overhanging bits of a few especially large glyphs. As a result, I had to change course, and downsize the letters, and make a pixel adaptation. I've never done anything remotely similar before. As for how much I succeded: the judges are out there.
Comment by Frodo7 23rd November 2014
holy lakitus that's awesome
Comment by minidonut 23rd November 2014
Beautiful sketches. Thank you for sharing. :)
Comment by aphoria 24th November 2014
This one is excellent. Great work! This could be the winner!
@Frodo7: Hope you will bring out the actual sketched version in another font.
Comment by naveenchandru 24th November 2014
very impressive!!
Comment by escaphandro 25th November 2014
Part Frodo, part Gandalf: you are a wizard with these pixels. The underlying Blackletter is quite an achievement on a small grid like this. The layer of pixel dust adds a unique diagonal dynamic to that. Wonderful!
Comment by four 26th November 2014
Excellent pixel typeface and excellent sketches.
Comment by laynecom 26th November 2014
Good luck! I like it a lot because it's a little beauty.
Comment by elmoyenique 1st December 2014
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Wrath of Mordor” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 3rd December 2014
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Wrath of Mordor” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 3rd December 2014
Congrats, dear master!!! Great font and really surprising samples too!
Comment by elmoyenique 3rd December 2014
Many congratulations on a very worthy win. This really is a masterpiece.
Comment by p2pnut 4th December 2014
@meek: Thank you very much for the special mention, and the honor to be Featured Fontstruction. It means a great deal to me.

I'd like to tell my appreciation to FS members for their supporting comments, favs, and ratings. As I said before, feedback is very important to me: it gives me inspiration and encouragement to continue my font building adventures. Thank you.

@naveenchandru: Yes, that's the plan to make a non-pixel version of the Mordor theme. However, don't expect to see it any time soon, for the task may require a huge amount of time, what (I regret to say) I seldom have.
Comment by Frodo7 6th December 2014
@elmoyenique

Dear Elmo,

Please, don't call me master in the future. It is a bit embarrassing. With your creative qualities, and superb fontstructions, you are a true master yourself. Call me friend, or compañero, and I will be proud of it. I hope you understand me, dear compañero.
Comment by Frodo7 6th December 2014
Be careful.
Your genius is showing.

Again.

I love how your mind works.
Comment by thalamic 6th December 2014
ILLUMINATI ALERT!!!

Lol jk a masterpiece. Worthy of Leonardo da Vinci himself.
Comment by KlingLang 10th February 2015
Someone needs to re-write Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' with this...
Comment by Thomastoad 13th February 2015
Belated congratulations to you Frodo. Might I inquire on the ETA for the release of your full-sized sketch version?
Comment by geneus1 17th February 2015
@geneus1: Thank you. The release date is TBA. But seriously, I just don't know yet. I've finished the lower case, but they need some redesign, as they don't really work in concert in text. This was not a problem with the pixel version, as the pixel-spikes perfectly overlapped each other between two letters. Well, they were designed that way so as to avoid clutter. I may have to design alternates for beginning and ending words. I have sketches for the capitals too, but they need more refinement.

The other question is the use of Fontstruct. It may be too complicated and restrictive, but I can't tell without doing some sample glyphs. I might just skip FS altogether and use Illustrator and Glyphs instead. But it would be a sorry departure from the platform I love, and been using in the last 5+ years.
Comment by Frodo7 17th February 2015
I can't download the font, is it because it doesn't have all ninety-nine characters? I have Windows 7 BTW.
Comment by BlueShadow.EXE 18th March 2015
@BlueShadow.EXE: I've checked it, it worked for me, with Windows7. You can report the problem to Rob Meek.
Comment by Frodo7 19th March 2015
wikiHow.com is using this particular page to explain how to create fonts. They suggest, among other tools, to use Fontstruct.
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Font
Comment by Frodo7 27th June 2015
TOTALLY AWESOME!
Worthy of Tolkien's praise.
Particularly like the capital S, C, B, and lowercase h and k. Would like to see a non-pixelated font, or use it in a video game or something. You never fail to amaze the world, Frodo7. Excellent job.
Comment by tanias 22nd September 2015

Whoa... just... whoa. Epic is as epic does.

Comment by Cruz Font Guru 16th January 2016

A bit hard to read, but really cool. Cheers!

Comment by LizardDued Sun, 17th April

Most amazing font I've seen on this website.

Comment by Davykins Thu, 12th January

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