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This awesome triptych featuring Kili, Thorin, and Fili is titled “The Line of Durin” by Adriana Melo. If you are interested in a print, you can contact her through her Tumblr. (Myla Malinalda)

The Zaraysky district in Russia, 140 kilometres southeast of Moscow, is reportedly planning a 6.5-hectare holiday village near the Osyotr River. The site would be designed with the help of stills from The Lord of the Rings films directed by Peter Jackson. The earth-topped houses would accommodate between 50 and 60 visitors and would be primarily designed to host families, but could also be used for corporate retreats. (Evie Bowman)

A Kickstarter project simply called Ring seeks to create “One ring to rule them all,” and by “all” we mean all of your devices. According to the Kickstarter page, “Ring is like magic, allowing you to control anything you want, by wearing it on your finger. You can send texts, control home appliances, and even pay your bills — all at once and in a flash.” However, you may want to start carrying a sword around in case any agents of Sauron start dogging your footsteps! (Maria Moa)


Every hobbit loves a warm cup of tea and a cozy hobbit home. Thanks to Etsy shop boodlyhead, you can have both! This hobbit house tea cozy is specially crafted to keep your tea hot “until way past Second Breakfast.” (Maria Moa)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade publication revenue grew by 9 percent in 2013 to reach an all-time high of $171 million for the year, and The Hobbit played no small part. “When there are movies associated with our book titles,” HMH vice president of investor relations Rima Hyder said, “they generally drive our book titles.” (Evie Bowman)

Salon has created a list of “10 songs Tolkien fans will love” that includes everything from Led Zeppelin to Billy Boyd (Pippin himself!). Since we consider our readers to be the cream of the crop of Tolkien fans, we want to know–Which songs do you love? (Valdis)

This original song by The Piano Guys is called “Arwen’s Vigil.” They started with the music, but the piece needed a name. “We felt like the tune was the personification of a storybook character – someone that was in need or in distress, but who harbored an inextinguishable hope,” they said. “We went through several drafts and notions, finally arriving upon Arwen, daughter of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings. The Gaelic, Celtic feel that had naturally eventuated in the music sounded as an ‘elven’ edge that seemed to fit this beautiful story – of Arwen’s timeless devotion to Aragorn as she waited for him to return for a mission that seemed doomed from its beginning.” (Myla Malinalda)

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