Doll Divine (who also have a Hobbit Scene Maker) recently added a Dwarf Scene Maker, a dress-up game that invites you to to create your own Dwarf character. The possibilities are practically endless, and it has been an addicting diversion for the Middle-earth News team. (Myla)
Harvey Weinstein claims that his dispute with Warner Bros. over the title of his upcoming film The Butler stems from “ulterior motives.” He told CBS This Morning, “I was asked by two execs at Warner Brothers, which I’m happy testify to, that if I gave them back the rights to The Hobbit they would drop the claim.” A rep for Warner Bros. says there is “no correlation” between the Hobbit dispute and The Butler title fight. (Evie Bowman)
Artist Clint Cure in Melbourne wants to produce an unauthorised comic book biography of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The first of a series of comic book biographies on influential directors, this issue will provide an illustrated background to the problems overcome to create his early films and will lead up to (but not including in this issue at least) the making of The Lord of the Rings. For $10, you’ll get a printed copy of the comic delivered to your door, signed by the artist. (Evie Bowman)
ChrysN has offered an in-depth tutorial on how to crochet Smaug the dragon on Instructables.com. She based her Smaug on J.R..R Tolkien’s watercolour Conversations with Smaug. She explained, “While I was crocheting my dragon, I noticed that he started to look too cute, and Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities is not cute. To make him look more fearsome I added some extreme elements (well extreme as far as crochet goes). I used red LEDs for the eyes and smoke and sparks rising from his nostrils.” (Alice)
Goodreads created an infographic explaining why people stop reading a book before they finish. Coming in at Number 2 on the list of the “Top Five Most Abandoned Classics” is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. How many times have you started reading it and never finished? Don’t worry; we’re not counting the many times you had to reference it to fuel a debate about Balrogs’ wings. (Lily Milos)
Etsy now has a team of people from all over the world who share their love of Tolkien through their creations. If you create original pieces or have vintage items based on The Professor’s works, joining this team would be a great way to promote your Etsy shop. (Arwen Kester)
Here’s a treat for you! Enjoy this audio clip of author J.R.R. Tolkien reading one of his most famous chapters, “Riddles in the Dark” from The Hobbit. (Maria)
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