- Peter Jackson was planning to build a museum to house props from The Lord of the Rings, but after reading the expensive proposal for the desired plot on the Miramar Peninsula, the project has been shelved. (Arwen Kester)
- The lineup for the 56th BFI London Film Festival has been announced. Among the films is the documentary West of Memphis, which Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh produced. The film focuses on the story of the men known as the “West Memphis Three” who maintained their innocence after being convicted of a triple-murder. After 18 years, the men were released, but without any compensation for the miscarriage of justice. The documentary seeks to exonerate them and reveal the true murderer. (Evie Bowman)
People don’t usually get too excited about a bathroom, but they do when it’s built into a hill and looks like a Hobbit house! The Les and Dar Stumpf Hobbit House was recently opened in the children’s garden at the Green Bay Botanical Garden to much fanfare (but, alas, no fireworks). (Arwen Kester)
- The Tolkien Library has compiled a list of 15 places named after J.R.R. Tolkien. One is in the wild, one is nautical, and two are not of this earth, but the article doesn’t mention the place he holds in all of our hearts. (Lily Milos via Tolkien lover Kelly Cowling)
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