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This precious shirt is up on the Woot Shirt derby and needs your vote to make its dream of being your Halloween costume a reality. UPDATE: This shirt is now available for purchase. (Lily Milos via

In a promo for the blood drive, AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead, has zombie-fied a number of celebrities — including The Hobbit director Peter Jackson — in order to drum up awareness for the cause. If you donate, you’ll be signed up to win a trip to the set when filming starts up for season 4. (Evie Bowman)

Lee Pace, who will play the elven king Thranduil in The Hobbit, will star as opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in Golden Age, a play by Terrence McNally. (Lily Milos)

Michael Kennard (@MK_Mgmt) tweeted this pic of The Hobbit story on vinyl, read by Nicol Williamson. (Evie Bowman)

James Nesbitt, better known to Hobbit fans as Bofur, will speak about his life and work to date at a Chat Show discussion with Dr Kevin De Ornellas at The Riverside Theatre in Coleraine on 6 November. (Evie Bowman)

On October 13, visitors will be able to follow in the steps of J.R.R. Tolkien on a guided tour of the neighborhood of his youth. The tour, starting at Sarehole Mill, costs £5 per person and will last approximately an hour. (Lily Milos)

Pipe-weed and Hobbit Garden are two geeky scented candles provided by Etsy shop BubbleandGeek. Pipe-weed, understandably, is only available in this “smoky” variety, but Hobbit Garden also comes in a roll-on perfume and foaming handsoap. (Lily Milos)

The Hobbit and New Zealand will be well represented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 10-14. Every year, one nation is nominated as a special guest, and New Zealand will honor the fair by sending 60 authors and 100 performers, including dancers, musicians, and filmmakers. Weta Workshop will showcase their film tie-in books, and a prize will be awarded to the attendee with the best Hobbit costume. (Evie Bowman)

The Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio is transporting audiences to Middle-earth with their production of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The play runs through October 14. (Lily Milos)

You’re not the only one having trouble getting directions with your new iPhone. (Rifflo)


  • For UK Residents: WhatCulture are giving away a deluxe edition of The Hobbit, The Art Of The Hobbit, The History of the Hobbit, and The Hobbit: Graphic Novel to one lucky winner. The prize drawing will take place on October 12, 2012; visit their website for contest details. (Evie Bowman)
  • For Canadian Residents: Warner Bros. Canada is offering two tickets to an advance screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to one grand prize winner! The contest ends on October 7, 2012; use this contest form to enter. (Lily Milos)

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One Comment

  1. I have a young Hobbit master who would look rather good in that shirt! At the very least I could talk him out of being either a zombie or ninja this year.