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The Knitting Witch is at it again! We’ve featured her knitted Hobbit characters in a past Eagle’s View, and this time she has blown us away with her knitted version of The Hobbit’s dust jacket. To see it in closer detail, visit The Knitting Witch on Flickr. (Evie Bowman)

The International Business Times listed the biggest-selling books of all time, and Tolkien fans will be happy to know that The Lord of the Rings came in at #2 (behind Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities) and The Hobbit made #6. (Valdis)

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country has secured more than £40,000 in funding to continue their work in transforming two of Tolkien’s inspirational spots, Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood, into the most accessible nature reserves in the area. (Evie Bowman)

This year, the RHS Garden Rosemoor will have a Tolkien theme with ‘Journeys Into Middle-Earth’, opening on May 24, which will include original art and paintings from Ted Nasmith, a leading illustrator for JRR Tolkien’s iconic books.Letters and memorabilia kindly loaned by the Tolkien family will also be displayed alongside the art works. Families can follow special trails to see garden sculptures including the outside of a Middle-Earth dwelling and garden. (Maria Moa)


Deviantart user KatieAlves does amazing makeup designs that create scenes from her favorite movies and literature. Here is her rendition of The Lord of the Rings! (Alice Greenleaf)

Sir Ian McKellen was unable to attend a special fundraising evening at the Bolton Little Theatre, but he sent a heartfelt letter to theatre in support of its fundraising campaign. “Growing up in post-war Bolton, with its three professional theatres, I was spoilt for theatre but most grateful to the Little Theatre,” he wrote. The theatre’s lease on the Hanover Street building expires in 2051, after which the property will be handed over to Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) — unless they can raise £90,000 to buy it. (Evie Bowman)

Dave Whitehead is a part of the multi-award-winning audio team at New Zealand’s Park Road Post Production, with credits that include Elysium, The Lord of The Rings, and most recently, The Hobbit. In a job where creativity on a deadline is standard, Whitehead is constantly being challenged to find new solutions to keep things fresh. Sonic State has published an interview with Whitehead that focuses on the challenges of sound design and keeping efficient in the field of film. (Evie Bowman)

SleightlyMusical produces some great music on YouTube. In fact, if you’re ever looking for a great orchestral cover of your favorite pieces from film, television, or popular music, this channel should be one of your first stops! Enjoy this rendition of the Misty Mountains from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Lily Milos)


Every week, our Middle-earth News reporters seek out Tolkien/Hobbit/LOTR goodness and tag their finds with their names. If you have something to contribute, please submit it using the Got News Precious link at the bottom of the page.


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