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The Noble Collection has turned the beautiful buttons from the Bilbo costume in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into a pin and cufflinks. They are available for pre-order from Forbidden Planet. (Lily Milos via Hobbit Moments)

Lord of the Rings alumni and former hobbits Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd have not only remained close friends years after the films, but they get together regularly to work on a comedic screenplay. Barry Osbourne, one of the producers on The Lord of the Rings, has even offered to produce it. (Evie Bowman)

Author Noble Smith reminded us that we could use a little bit more Hobbit-ness in our every day lives. The article, 13 Life Lessons from ‘The Hobbit’, recalls the wisdom of the Shire Folk with advice like, “Happiness is a Warm Hobbit-hole,” and “Greed is for Dragons and Sackville Bagginses,” and “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive To Mount Doom Alone.” (Lily Milos)

Test your skill with the new Riddles In The Dark game presented by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Clever and tricksy hobbitses may even submit their own riddle. Admittedly, the stakes aren’t as high as they were for Bilbo, but you can share yours with your friends through social media. (Oloriel via Elvenesse)

The Tolkienist tackles the controversial decision to turn The Hobbit films into a trilogy and suggests that their is ample material for three or even ten films. Not that it is necessarily a good thing to try. (Lily Milos)

Step 1: Explore Rohan and advance to Level 85 in the LOTRO Riders of Rohan Expansion released tomorrow, October 15, 2012. Step 2: Listen to the Riders of Rohan Soundtrack when not playing LOTRO and feel the thrill of gaining experience and levelling up while performing mundane tasks. (Arwen Kester via A Casual Stroll to Mordor)

No matter where you fall in the Great Balrog Wings Debate, you have to admit that this cake (part of a compilation of 20 Awesome Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Cakes) looks as inventive as it does yummy. (Evie Bowman)

The Imperial War Museum has included John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in Personal Stories of The Battle of the Somme, a reconstruction of the experiences of 21 notable historical figures. (Lily Milos)

The Goblin King aka Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage is one of the many performers who will take the stage for “We Are Most Amused,” a comedy gala held to raise money for The Prince’s Trust and their work with disadvantaged youth across the UK. (Evie Bowman)

This LEGO recreation reveals exactly why that troll in the Mines of Moria was so upset. Poor guy. (Rifflo)

Residents of Wellington suburbs are dealing with a strange “low-pitched hum” that is keeping them up at night. Theories abound, but since Wellington and New Zealand are home to The Hobbit films, one of the funnier, if less plausible theories is that “it could be Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, lying under Mount Vic.” (Jack Machiela)

If you want to take a peek at Middle-earth, check out Ian Brodie’s Facebook Page. I am amazed that a place as beautiful and exotic exists like this! New Zealand and its land is the perfect fantasy landscape! (Rifflo)


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