|Started||May 28, 2012|
Lake-town is a new city to Revision 8, built as a model of the city of Esgaroth from JRR Tolkien's tale "The Hobbit".
It sits on pilings in the middle of Lake Bigass, at 2360 -1150, connected to land by a bridge on the Northern side.
There is a harbor built into the middle of the town, around which exists bars, restaurants, the town center, and market buildings.
From the [Wikipedia article about Esgaroth]:
"Esgaroth, or Lake-town is a fictitious community of Men upon the Long Lake, in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The town is constructed entirely of wood and stands upon wooden pillars sunk into the bed of the Long Lake, south of the Lonely Mountain and east of Mirkwood. It seems that the town's prosperity is built on trade between the Men (descendants of the Edain, and thus distant cousins of the Dúnedain of Gondor), Elves and Dwarves of northern Middle-earth. Esgaroth and Lake-town may have been separate settlements established on the same site, one predating Smaug's destruction of Dale and Erebor and the other built afterwards. There is mention in The Hobbit of 'old pilings of a greater town' that could be seen at low tide. Esgaroth appears to be a city-state, always independent of Dale, and a republic with no king (the only real republic shown in Middle-earth). The people had always elected from among the old and wise the Master of Lake-town and did 'not [endure] the rule of mere fighting men.'"
Lake-town is a Work in Progress as of June 5, 2012. It is being built single-handedly by tristamgreen, and consists almost 100% of wood.
The city dimensions are 120x120 with some room for expansion should that be a necessity.