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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth

Daniel Z “DNL” built this model of Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as a promotional display for a store in Oslo. (Rifflo)

  • Wellington jeweler Steph Lusted described her time making props for The Hobbit films. “I was really impressed by the level of craftsmanship. The attention to detail was incredible, considering a lot of things will only have a fly-by glance on screen. I was pleased about that, because I adore quality and craftsmanship.” Her own jewelry exhibition, “Birth Life Death” runs through August 11 at the Tony Williams Gallery. (Evie Bowman)
  • Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry in The Lord of the Rings films, is lined up to film an Action/Sci-Fi/Horror film titled, Creeping Zero. (Evie Bowman)

Looking for a stainless steel spinner ring etched with Futhark runes? Want to impress your friends with your ability to read and write in these ancient symbols? Then look no further! (Britta and Middle-earth Network Commenter Seth)

  • Craig Budgen, personal trainer for cast members on The Hobbit, flew 12,000 miles away to work on the project. He described the challenges the actors had to deal with, like preparing for a 16 hour work day in costumes weighing 20-40kg. (Evie Bowman)

“Set For A Fall” and “No Time For A Pipe” are two brand new paintings from Tolkien artist Joe Gilronan. They are inspired by the early chapters of The Fellowship Of The Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Peter Jackson’s film adaptation. Intentionally painted as a set, both paintings are now available for purchase. (Lily Milos)


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  1. I want that ring!

  2. I want those painting! 😀

  3. Those paintings…I…want…them so much…but alas, monies are going towards so many others things at the moment ^^;

    • Agreed. I actually considered it a steal until I realized that the price tags were in pounds… 🙂 Still a good price, but I rather fly around the globe. 🙂