Well that didn’t take long! Only days after Adam Brown, who plays Ori in The Hobbit, posted this selfie of the dwarves at HobbitCon, enterprising artist Leigh created the top image with all of their dwarven counterparts. (Alice Greenleaf)
Nerd Fitness has created a Lord of the Rings Workout: One Plan to Rule Them All! In honor of the number of rings of power in Middle-earth, the workout focuses on doing exercises in sets of 3, 7, 9, 1. This is silly. I like it. Hey, any motivation to work out. (Valdis)
New research from a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia will change the way you think about the difference between plants and animals. Mimosa pundica plants, they found, can learn and remember, despite not having a brain. Sounds like proof of Ents in our midst! Now, if they could only remember where the Entwives are! (Lily Milos)
This gorgeous typography art print from Skahfee Studios features memorable quotes and passages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel, The Hobbit. The text forms the shape of the dragon Smaug soaring over the lonely mountain. (Lily Milos)
Actor Martin Freeman met Prince William at the London premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and he described the prince as “the biggest royal fan,” and claimed, “He knew all the facts about Middle Earth.” (Maria Moa)
According to Box Office Mojo, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug bowed from domestic theaters, last week, with an estimated $258.3 million! The film grossed $694,700,000 in foreign markets, making the current worldwide total $953,066,855. If only they could eek out that last $47M to get to the $1B mark. (Valdis)
Our friend Sébastien at J’aime pas l’actu shares his unexpected journey to New Zealand. The video shows off the gorgeous scenery we love from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films and sets each location to music from the films. It also features interviews and the vocal talents of Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, and William Kircher. (Lily Milos)
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