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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth

This shirt is so cute, and I’m going to suggest that it’s pretty spoiler-free if you haven’t read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Though I expect Middle-earth aficionados to express annoyance at the placement and design of the doorknob. (Lily Milos)

A copy of The Hobbit that has been signed by cast members of the film adaptation (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and all 13 dwarves) has sparked a bidding war on TradeMe. Considering the auction benefits a New Zealand kindergarten, we can’t say that’s a bad thing. The current bid is $1252 NZ, and with the auction set to close in a few hours, serious collectors will want to keep a watchful eye on it. (Evie Bowman)

Toronto Hobbit fans are in for a treat! Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, will be appearing at Union Station at 7:00am to unveil a special Hobbit installation. What could it be? Stone Trolls? Bag End? A local radio station will also be handing out 100 passes to the Toronto Premiere. That’s an incentive for an early morning! (Evie Bowman)

An unnamed New Zealand peak may be named after J.R.R. Tolkien, whose novels combined with the beautiful New Zealand scenery to create The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The proposal has yet to be approved, but if it succeeds, the renaming could mark J R R Tolkien’s 121st birthday, on January 3. (Evie Bowman)

The only thing easier than destroying The One Ring with an arcade game is voting for this shirt on the shirt.woot! derby (Lily Milos via

All manner of trickery was used on the The Hobbit films, and while a great deal of it was computer generated, Peter King and Tami Lane used plenty of non-digital techniques to create the specific look director Peter Jackson wanted to see. “Everything else will seem easy after this,” explained Lane in an in-depth article by the New Zealand Herald. (Lily Milos)

Matamata is getting yet another touch of Middle-earth. They already have the Hobbiton movie set with the famous Green Dragon (which Arwen visited) and a beautifully redesigned Hobbit-inspired i-SITE Gatehouse. Now there’s a new famous resident in town; the newly installed Gollum statue purchased from Weta Workshop will act as sentinel and photo op. (Evie Bowman)

The Museum of Farnham in England will be exhibiting the work of Pauline Baynes, who created artwork based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. “She seems to have had an extraordinary talent to tap into the minds of the authors,” said museum curator Liz May. “There’s a famous quote from Tolkien which is often mentioned, when he said she had ‘reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings.'” (Lily Milos)

We don’t usually condone chipping the glasses and cracking the plates, but…Shots! Shots! Shots! Enjoy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Parody by The Hillywood Show®. (Middle-earth News Contributor Nomadic Writer)

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  1. Sunday again, where are the weeks going, fab post.