Etsy seller The Green Dragon Inn creates beautiful travel posters for the lands of Middle-earth. In addition to the Rivendell poster above, you’ll find lovely posters for Rohan, Gondor, The Shire, Mount Doom, and other Lord of the Rings inspired posters. (Myla Malinalda)
You may remember Ravi Narayan from our interview with him about his roles in The Hobbit as Kili’s/Aidan Turner’s scale double. His newest project is a webseries called AFK, “a compelling and frequently hilarious look at what would happen to a group of modern gamers if they were suddenly forced to inhabit the world they spend so long in virtually. A world away from modern conveniences and technology, where they have to live off the land. They are ‘AFK’ – away from keyboard, in a world with no rules, no game masters, and no multiple lives….only the survival of the fittest, fastest, strongest and most cunning. Basically, AFK is ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Battle Royale’.” AFK has a Kickstarter going right now, so if you want to see this story come to life, help out by pledging and promoting the project. (Lily Milos)
Mordor via Bank: Bilbo Baggins and buddies take the specially rebranded Northern Line to celebrate the release of LEGO The Hobbit. The actual name of the station is “Morden,” but we have been informed that there are no Dark Lords living there. (via Middle-earth News Twitter follower @fierengraw and fierengraw’s amazing brother)
Geeks Out presents “McKellen Me Softly” on May 29, an event to celebrate the legacy of Sir Ian McKellen with a one-night-only art show in his honor. Portraits of Sir Ian, contributed by a wide variety of artists, will be raffled off to the lucky fans in attendance. They are still seeking original works of art inspired by Ian McKellen, and all media types are welcome. (Lily Milos)
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra was hired to provide the music score for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it sounds like it was well worth their while. The NZSO’s annual report says the seven week project produced significant additional income. Does this mean their keen to help with the score for The Hobbit: There and Back Again? (Evie Bowman)
Luke Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit, play LEGO: The Hobbit as–Bard the Bowman! It’s a great juxtaposition watching him give in-depth explanations about his character and then have to fight off guards or figure out puzzles. All that’s left is to organize a multiplayer game with Luke and members of the Middle-earth News staff! (Maria Moa)
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