With Christmas having just passed, it is no wonder that some artists decided to combine the unique flavor of gingerbread that always reminds us of the winter holidays with their own passions to create something out of the ordinary. Oslo-based Swedish 3D artist Caroline Eriksson came with something impressive for Tolkien fans everywhere. In celebration of the holidays and the launch of the final installment of The Hobbit movie trilogy, the artist created a gingerbread Smaug statue.
In the book and the movies, Smaug is a gigantic red and gold dragon, the main villain of the story. In Caroline Eriksson’s hands, the fierce dragon turned into a delicious 70 x 50 cm gingerbread sculpture. The dragon looks identical to its movie counterpart and took about two weeks to be finished. Creating the gingerbread Smaug was far from an easy task. Due to the massive scale of the sculpture, the artist had to make sure her dough would be thick enough in order not to collapse. As a result she used extra syrup and flour in the baking mix to create a thicker material capable of supporting the structure.
Apart from the extra quantities of syrup and flour, the artist used a classic recipe for the 28-inch long and 20-inch gingerbread Smaug. The details of the sculpture are incredibly vivid, from the dragon’s scales to its claws. Any fan of the novel or the movie would definitely be entranced by this delicious looking Smaug.
Caroline Eriksson announced she would be keeping the sculpture until it collpased by itself. It is not the first time the artist has created such gingerbread sculptures. Last year, she won the first prize in the Mill Gingerbread Competition in Norway with a impressive sculpture of Optimus Prime from Transformers. What do you think of her works? Would you like to see more sculptures of movie characters such as the gingerbread Smaug?
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