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Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff maps our favorite movies by painting the locations and then drawing the journey of each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. As of the time this article went live, there are still posters available of the work above, “Paths of the Ring,” as well the original painting. (Maria Moa)

Luke Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit, told MTV to set expectations high for the Battle of Five Armies in The Hobbit: There and Back Again. “Peter wanted to do something bigger, better, even crazier than what he did in The Lord of the Rings. That’s a feat in and of itself. We all know what the battles were like in The Lord of the Rings. They’re going to be treated to something spectacular, I’m sure. ” (Amanda Capley)

To mark World Book Day, The Queen’s School in Cheshire welcomed Royd Tolkien, great-grandson of  J.R.R Tolkien. Royd delivered several talks about the Tolkien books and legacy to all year groups at the Senior School, as well as his roles in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. He even brought some hobbit feet from the film set! (Lily Milos)


Tessa F. Chen, paper cutter extraordinary, created this amazing book of some of Lee Pace’s roles in television and film. The green pages feature well-known scenes of Lee Pace as Thranduil in The HobbitClick here to see the book in greater detail, and make sure you follow Tessa on TumblrTwitter, and DeviantArt. (Alice Greenleaf)

If you want a great trip down memory lane, look at this compilation by ICanDoItLater of 40 Rarely Seen Set Photos from The Lord of the Rings. Tell us which photos are your favorites in the comments. We literally cannot decide between so many excellent and admirable pictures! (Valdis)

If you thought it was awkward talking to your parents about sex, get ready to feel really uncomfortable as you read what beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his son on the subject. “The devil is endlessly ingenious, and sex is his favorite subject,” he wrote in this 1941 letter to his son Michael. “He is as good every bit at catching you through generous romantic or tender motives, as through baser or more animal ones.” He warned him to not to be fooled by “the flattery of sympathy nicely seasoned with a titillation of sex.” Okay, Professor, can we go back to talking about linguistic aesthetic? Please? (Maria Moa)

We we just thinking the other day that while there is a lot of fan-made music for The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, there is a marked lack of rap. Somehow we managed to miss The Warp Zone’s Misty Mountains Rap. Enjoy Thorin and his crew with their sick rhymes and Bilbo “spit riddles sharper than daggers.” (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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One Comment

  1. Monday!! I know Queens school well, only a mile or so from where I used to live.