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Nathan Shields uses his unique talent of pancake portraiture to raise money for his children’s college funds. His amazing Hobbit pancakes look too good to eat! Except the Great Goblin. I can think of other reasons not to eat that one. Hang on, you guys. Is that our first glimpse of Smaug? Totally seems legit. (Lily Milos)

TiVo Research and Analytics compared television series that index high for panelists who went to see Oscar® nominated movies–The HobbitLes Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty–in theaters. When they are not exploring Middle Earth, Hobbit moviegoers spend their time watching animated sitcoms on Fox such as Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons as well as CW’s Arrow and ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Les Miserables patrons prefer Glee on Fox as well as figure skating on NBC, The Golden Globe Awards, and ABC’s The Bachelor. Zero Dark Thirty movie attendees can be found watching CW’s Nikita, NFL Football, and the Kevin Bacon thriller The Following on Fox. Utilizing this type of easy-to-access analysis, movie studios can now make more informed media buys to reach the households most likely see their movies in theater. (Evie Bowman)


This Gandalf the Grey inspired costume was created by Brielle’s Costumes. The costume design was based on Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings movies, but the scarf and color palette are rooted in his Hobbit costume. Brielle’s Costumes creates beautiful custom costumes and garments based on film and historical settings. (Oloriel)

We’ve mentioned that actor James Nesbitt  will be filming a documentary about New Zealand that will highlight the characters, culture, and scenery that define New Zealand life while delving into its history. We now know that Wanaka’s long-running “Perfect Woman” competition has been selected to be part of the show. Filming on the documentary was scheduled to start today, and in addition to the Perfect Woman contest, the show plans to feature whale-watching in Kaikoura and the earthquake clean-up in Christchurch. (Evie Bowman)


It may not be a hobbit hole like Bag End, but a picturesque home known as the “Hobbit House” is for sale in Vancouver. The 83-year-old faux thatched-roof home is located at 587 W. King Edward Ave. and listed for $2.86 million. Realtor Mary Ellen Maasik has mentioned  the potential to tear it down and build a bigger and newer home. Let’s hope the new owner doesn’t take such drastic measures! (Britta)

Even though Ranger was made in 2012, I have only just discovered this fan film based on Beren and Luthien. It doesn’t follow their storyline precisely (to keep the lawyers at bay, not doubt), but this Silmarillion-inspired story is a treat! (Lily Milos)

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  1. Great Stuff!

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