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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth


This amazing stained glass featuring a map of Middle-earth was created by Gerard Baines as his exam piece retraining in stain glass art. What do you think? Does he pass? (Lily Milos via Joe Gilronan)

TomTom, the automotive navigation system manufacturer, has announced a new feature that will become available with their Winter 2013 update for New Zealand. Maps will now have point out interesting locations from 93 iconic scenes from 10 movies, including The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. (Britta)

Benedict Cumberbatch, arriving on screen as Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, told the Wall Street Journal, “My dad read the book to me and it was a bedtime treat if I had done well. If I had been a good boy, I’d get two chapters as opposed to maybe one or none if I had been really bad.” Read the full interview here. (Evie Bowman)


DeviantArtist Kimberly 80 has drawn this brilliant portrait centering on Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield and Jeffrey Thomas’ Thrór from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Britta)

New Zealand Post and Weta Workshop have teamed up to bring a slice of Middle-earth to the Chinese market. The venture launches this month, with a selection of products from Weta’s range of Middle-earth collectibles becoming available on Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop said, “The Workshop team is thrilled to once again create a line of beautiful figures, prop replicas and artworks from our work in Middle-earth. We have enjoyed being part of the team that has brought The Hobbit films to life, and we are therefore delighted to be able to bring these high-end artworks directly to discerning collectors in China.” (Evie Bowman)

After students in a Middle Earth Monday Club at McLenegan Elementary School in Wisconsin read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, they decided they wanted to construct The Lonely Mountain out of  canned goods. After receiving a donation of cans of chili from Hormel Foods, the children used construction paper to color the cans and create the home of Smaug the dragon. They plan to donate the cans to a local food pantry. (Lily Milos)

Malukah, who is famous on YouTube for her Skyrim covers, has listened to fan suggestions and recorded her cover of Misty Mountains from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack. And if you play guitar yourself, she offers a free download of her chords on her website. (Myla)

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One Comment

  1. Fab as ever, Malukah’s rendition is great.