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This fantastic shirt portrays the locations of The Lord of the Rings on a Tube Map resembling the London Underground and is available on (I hear the Moria station is a thing to behold, but it always seems to be closed for maintenance…) (Lily Milos)

  • United Cutlery, who created replicas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will continue the tradition for the Hobbit films. According to the press release, “the line will consist of Dwarven and Elven weapons and arms replicas, along with signature icons, such as the Staff of Gandalf, Sting, and the legendary sword of Thorin Oakenshield, Orcrist. Each collectible will be exactly replicated from the actual film props created by Weta Workshop for the film production. Sting and Orcrist will lead off the line, which will be released in late 2012.” (Evie Bowman)
  • Though the Hobbit films have been made in their own backyard, citizens of Wellington, New Zealand may not be able to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the way it was meant to be seen. Kiwi director Peter Jackson has filmed the movie at 48fps (frames-per-second), but none of Wellington’s cinemas are confirmed to get a copy at that frame rate, despite the fact the film will have its world premiere there on November 28, 2012. (Arwen Kester)

Taverncraft is dedicated to delivering superior quality drink ware for hobbits, dwarves, and elves alike. Taverncraft-branded steins, mugs, and tankards are eagerly sought after around the world for their collectability, originality, and functionality. Other themes include: World of Warcraft, The Walking Dead, Marvel, and Warhammer Online. (Rifflo)

  • Amy Sturgis has narrated The Marvellous Land of Snergs, a book about which Tolkien said, “I should like to register my own love and my children’s love of E.A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs…”  He even acknowledged it as a sourcebook for The Hobbit. (Evie Bowman)
  • 9 craters on Mercury have been named for “deceased artists, musicians, painters, and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field.” One of these was named for J.R.R. Tolkien! The Tolkien crater is located on Mercury’s north pole and is approximately 30 miles in diameter.  (Arwen Kester)

Nothing says dedication to Tolkien like a giant tattoo! This map of Middle-Earth tattoo belongs to Tolkien fan, Mark Cordero. The tattoo took 11.5 hours to finish. I think I will just stick to buying the WETA parchment map. Less painful! (Rifflo)

We’ve seen another trailer for LEGO Lord of the Rings, but this one not only gave us a laugh, it gave us a look at gameplay from each of the three movies. (Arwen Kester)


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