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This Gandalf figure is one of several you can find at The Shire General Store shop on Etsy. 10 year-old Paul creates these handmade Lord of the Rings characters with the help of his younger brother Caleb. Paul says, “I like Lord of the Rings and my Dad reads it aloud to us almost every night.” (Arwen Kester)

  • Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play Smaug (and the Necromancer) in The Hobbit, impressed his father by landing the role. He said, “It was the first ever story that I properly remember and my dad used to do all the characters when he was reading it. Such fantastic memories. He was over the moon when I told him I’d been cast.” (Arwen Kester)

This is the recently revealed box art for the anxiously awaited LEGO Lord of the Rings game. With 85 playable characters, you can re-enact your favorite scenes when the game is released on October 30. (Arwen Kester)

  • National Geographic has announced a new television special called Dragon Wars: Fire and Fury that will use “CGI and live action used to illustrate dragon folklore.”  Executive producer Kevin Mohs said,  “With the upcoming release of The Hobbit, the fascination with the folklore of this time continues — in fact, many of these ancient Norse and Anglo-Saxon folktales were the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (Evie Bowman)
  • Apparently, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King holds the record for the highest body count in any movie. And that doesn’t count horses, Fell Beasts, Mûmakil, or fish eaten by Gollum. (Lily Milos)

Youtuber Paint, who got over 10 million views on his “Harry Potter in 99 Seconds” video, has made magic again with his “Lord of the Rings in 99 Seconds” video. Enjoy!  (Lily Milos)


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