This leather hair barrette, created by Etsy shop Hobbit Leathers, is inspired by the cloak pins the Fellowship receive in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is an accessory any elf, hobbit, wizard, dwarf, or human would be proud to wear in their hair (or beard…) as a symbol of fellowship in the fight against the Dark Lord Sauron. It would make a great addition to any Tolkien or fantasy cosplay or alternatively can be worn on any adventures that happen to sweep you out your door! (Arwen Kester)
The LOTR (Loving Otherworldly Themed Races) Virtual Villains Challenge is a virtual event to raise money for RESULTS, a leading advocacy force in ending poverty by empowering citizens to speak to Congress. You decide whether you want to run (jog, walk, or even sneak) the Dragon race (5K), the Demon race (10K), or the Flaming Eye race (13.1 mile). You get all the benefits of being active AND a shiny, real medal, while the proceeds go to charity. (Thanks to @MiddleEarthNews Twitter follower @ccylevin for the link)
Ruby Bayan is a lady of many talents, and recently, she’s been using them to create some amazing Middle-earth costumes! Her biggest project from last year was this set of Thorin’s armor for her nephew, and she kindly created a tutorial that documented her process. And if you think Thorin’s armor is complex, wait until you check out her Elrond costume! (Lily Milos)
South Africa will finally get a chance to experience The Hobbit in an IMAX cinema. Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban will install an IMAX® theatre by November, and one of its first offerings will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres, hopes to install more of the huge screens in other cinemas around the country. (Evie Bowman)
This video is just what we need to get excited for LOTRO’s upcoming expansion: Helm’s Deep. “Now, bridle your horses! Sound your horns! Let us draw swords together! Arise, riders of Rohan! Arise, and fear no darkness, for now, we ride to war!” (Alice)
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