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Even if you can’t manage to move to The Shire, you can make sure your furry friend lives in comfort! Admittedly, if you use it as a litterbox, it won’t mean comfort so much as “a nasty, dirty” hole and a “dry, bare, sandy hole.” For a cat who craves ultimate power, this Isengard cat tree might be more appropriate.

Though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was nominated for for 3 BAFTAs (in the categories of Special Visual Effects, Sound, and Make Up and Hair), the filmmakers went home empty handed last Sunday night, having lost out to Life of Pi and Les Misérables (x2), respectively. Presenter and Hobbit actor Stephen Fry joked, “You can expect to see me in The Hobbit 9: Are we nearly home yet Gandalf?

KiwiRail Scenic has launched its new Waitomo and Hobbiton Escape package for the Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington. “This package will allow international and domestic visitors to experience the Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo Caves, and Hamilton city in a unique way that has not been offered to train travellers before,” said Hamilton and Waikato Tourism Chief Executive, Kiri Goulter.


Strap on your “Flying Nun” hat, because with this wig styled after Bofur (played by James Nesbitt in The Hobbit) from Etsy shop MulletOver, you’ll be ready to take off on an adventure!

Hobbit fever has spread to Gloucestershire with a set of signed first editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy selling for £24,000 at an auction in South Cerney. The books were part of collection of J.R.R. Tolkien books published by Rayner Unwin – including a first edition of The Hobbit which more than doubled its estimate by selling for £13,500 – which went under the hammer at Dominic Winter auction house recently. “To have Rayner’s copies of both these landmark works of English literature was very special for us and for collectors the world over,” said auctioneer and senior valuer Chris Albury.

The Boy Scouts will get proceeds from the raffle of a hobbit house, not to mention their construction merit badges for their work on the project. Local builder Glen Mills spent dozens of hours doing research with his operations director Charles Cedarblade, including watching The Lord of the Rings movies, and came up with a design that emulates the home of Bilbo Baggins. The children’s playhouse will debut at next weekend’s Home and Garden Show in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Violinist Taylor Davis has made a name for herself on YouTube for her video game and movie covers, and after many requests, she has covered “Misty Mountains” from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack! Enjoy!

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  1. That was a beautiful rendition of Mist Mountains. Thanks for bringing her to our attention!

  2. victorialadybug says:

    Loved the violinist playing!

  3. I’m glad you both liked her! I definitely recommend checking out some of her other work!