This would be an amazing baby shower/birth gift for LOTR-loving parents! Etsy shop owner averyrayne painstakingly burns every detail by hand and seals The One (teething) Ring with baby-safe wood sealant. This necklace will last through the teething months and be a special keepsake when baby grows up. (Maria)
Actor Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films, fondly recalls his time spent filming on another big movie franchise. Speaking to Hollywood.com about shooting Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Armitage said, “I certainly turned up and filmed a day, but I can’t find myself in the movie! I think I ended up as a droid. I thought I was a fighter pilot. I can’t find where I am. I had a line to Ewan McGregor: ‘No one’s on board, sir.'” (Lily Milos)
The Hollywood Post Alliance has revealed that Park Road Post Production will receive the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. The company will be recognized for the development of its feature workflow enabling high frame rate (48 frames per second) stereoscopic 3D, which was used for the first time on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Evie Bowman)
The MIDDLE EARTH COLLECTION by Etsy shop owner GreenNymphGrott attempts to capture the essence of some of the characters from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Scents include Baggins, Gandalf, Oakenshield, Wood Elf, and Dragon’s Keep, and many more (and more to come). (Myla)
Barrie Osbourne, a producer behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy, wants to shoot a $100 million Viking blockbuster in Norway, saying he is drawn by the “authentic landscape” and the expert knowledge local historians have about the Viking era. He argued that the film could have the same sort of impact on Norwegian tourism as New Zealand got from the Middle Earth trilogy. (Lily Milos)
Our favorite Middle-earth minstrel, Adele McAllister, has rerecorded her version of Boromir’s Lament. Adele takes Tolkien’s songs in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and sets them to music. For more information, you can read our full interview with Adele. (Myla)
Buzz Studios created this cover of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit for a book recover contest held by Bobby Solomon over at the Fox is Black. Designer Adam Busby said, “I went for a simple but tactile feel, I wanted to design a book that begs to have its pages turned and have its cover rolled back.” (Myla)
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