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Add some Tolkien to your wardrobe with this Map of Middle-earth Skirt from NerdAlertCreations on Etsy! Shop owner Rachel Bradford made the fabric herself. (Lily Milos)

If only we could jump into the TARDIS and travel forward to Christmas day! It has been confirmed that Ian McKellen will play the voice of The Snowman in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, titled “The Snowmen.” (Lily Milos)

From now until December 16, you can bid on a Merc track top with a gift tag signed by Martin Freeman at this Christmas ebay auction benefiting WaterAid. Martin signed the tag while he was a guest at the Q Awards 2012. (Evie Bowman)

Actor Elijah Wood isn’t exactly hobbit-sized, but his slender frame makes buying suits tricky. Luckily, Williamsburg tailor Daniel Lewis knows exactly how he feels. His shop, Brooklyn Tailors, offers suits that measure 34 inches across the chest, rather than most places that start at 36 inches. “He’s exactly my size,” says Lewis of Wood, “so he’s been thrilled that we have what he’s looking for.” (Lily Milos)

Ever look at Gandalf and get a serious case of beard envy? This beard/scarf/neckwarmer from Etsy shop FoamyWader measures three and half feet, and is sure to keep you warm, whether you’re climbing Caradhras or flying on the back of an eagle. (Lily Milos)

In an interview with Stuff.co.nz, Andy Serkis describes what he loves about performance capture. “I love it because what I have always adored about acting is the art of transformation,” he said. “Performance capture, for an actor, is such an amazing tool to help create a performance because you can disappear into the role 100 per cent. For me, that’s what I love about acting.” (Evie Bowman)

Andúril, Strider’s Sword, Glamdring, and Sting, crafted by master swordsmith Peter Lyon for The Lord of the Rings films, will be on display at the Leeds Royal Armouries starting on December 13. Curator Bob Woosnam-Savage said, “The Lord of the Rings weapons are some of the best examples of Medieval weapons from the movies and almost all of the methods used to make them are basically the same as they would have been in Medieval times.” (Middle-earth News Twitter follower @LeedsClarkKent)

The weirdest thing in this video isn’t the guy dressed as Gandalf playing the Lord of the Rings theme on bagpipes riding a unicycle. The weirdest thing is that no one seems to care that there is a guy dressed as Gandalf playing the Lord of the Rings theme on bagpipes riding a unicycle. (Lily Milos)

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