This fun, fact-filled book provides humans with incredible insights into the inner workings of Hobbit society. It is claimed to have been written by elders of The Shire itself, this text is used by Hobbits young and old as a guide to good and sensible conduct, no matter what the occasion or challenge. Just like in the good old days, when Hobbits were still around! From eating and drinking to survival tactics (run and/or hide) and wizard-lore, readers will find everything they need to act the proper Hobbit in Middle-earth. You can pre-order the book on Amazon.com. (Rifflo)
- New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro, the volcano which was featured in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as Mount Doom, has erupted for the first time in 115 years. Apparently they have signs on the loo doors of Mount Doom to tell you what to do if the volcano erupts! (Evie Bowman)
Xenomurphy, LEGO builder extraordinaire, created this diorama of the hobbits hiding in terror from their Nazgûl hunter titled, “Three is Company.” It is fashioned after the scene from Peter Jackson’s film version, but he explains that “there is a certain artistic licence involved.” Keep the LEGO recreations coming! (Britta)
- Martin Freeman was a special guest on The IRF London Pop-up Edition of The Modcast. He talked with hosts Eddie Piller and Dean Rudland about all things mod. Check their Facebook page for photos of everyone’s favorite mod icon. (Evie Bowman)
- John Smythe, former horse wrangler on The Hobbit films set, protested for an investigation into the deaths of three horses involved in the film. (Arwen Kester)
Jeffrey Thomas, who will play the dwarf Thror in The Hobbit, talks about “a place behind the studios in Stone Street” where punishment is dealt out to those actors who talk about the production. (Lily Milos)
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