Enlarge / Stream keycap (left), forest ring (middle), lava (right).
Artisan keycaps, with their detailed graphics in their tiny box shapes, go a long way in changing the feel of your keyboard. However, when you add the latest from keyboard enthusiasts to Drop, you may just have dwarves, elves, and one particularly straggly emaciated creature behind you as they put the ring from The Lord of the Rings right on your peripheral.
The Drop + The Lord of the Rings Announced on Wednesday, the One Ring keycap is a piece of resin available in one of three designs to mark various resting places of the coveted One Ring.
The lavaring shows Mount Doom where it began and ended, with eddies of red, orange, and yellow that mimick the deadly molten rock. Keen eyes can spot Mordor signs engraved on the ring. And critical fans will note the Eye of Sauron, which, oddly enough, is placed in a vertical position, and not in a horizontal position.Enlarge / Mount Doom-inspired keycap.
The long Anduin River flows through the stream keycap. Drop tells the story on its product page, stating that the One Ring here “lay in wait for several millennia after the first defeat of Sauron and the death of his enemy Isildur”.Enlarge / Anduin-inspired keycap.
That brings us to the forest keycap, crawling over the roots of the Elfland Lothlórien. Here the One Ring met Queen Galadriel.Enlarge / Lothlórien-inspired land.
Drop’s new artisanal keycaps are $ 65 each, which seems like a lot to beat a single key on your keyboard, but many worked much, much harder to get a finger on the One Ring.
Handcrafted by artisanal keycap maker Dwarf Factory, the keycaps use the SA R1 form factor so they’re larger and more spherical for a contoured retro look. SA keycaps generally have a lower and slightly louder sound when pressed compared to the more common keycaps with a Cherry profile.
This is Drop’s second Lord of the Rings keycap drop recently. Last week, the Drop + The Lord of the Rings MT3 Elvish and Dwarvish keycap sets were announced. These are keycaps with legends in Elvish and Dwarf languages from the series. Combining one of the sets with one of these new artisanal keycaps seems like an obvious way to truly turn your keyboard into Middle-earth. Note, however, that the Elvish and Dwarvish keycap sets have an MT3 profile, not SA like the artisan caps. The MT3 profile is very similar, but “a little deeper” according to its creator, with buttons that are “generally shorter” and at a different angle.
Of course, getting your hands on The Precious takes some kind of epic – an epic wait, to be precise. While the keycaps are available for pre-order now, they are unlikely to ship until March 11th.
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