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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth – May 12, 2014

“An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth” started out as a weekly post here on Middle-earth News because we noticed that there were some Tolkien/Hobbit/LOTR -related stories that may otherwise have been overlooked in our news coverage. Happily, we are discovering that there is as much geeky news making the headlines as there are artists making a buzz with their Tolkien-inspired art! For this reason, we are going to make our “Eagle’s View” a daily post so that we can keep you up-to-date with all of awesomeness happening in the fandom.


Someone in the town of Hazard, Kentucky is installing tiny doors in the buildings along Main Street. This miniature hobbit door appeared on the side of the entrance to People’s Park on Main Street. Locals are calling the doors “wonderful” and “adorable,” and we can’t wait to see what fantastical entrances pop up next! (Tweeted to @MiddleEarthNews by @The_Tolkienist)

The newest technology for service members in the US Navy is also the nerdiest. The Navy eReader Device, aka NeRD, will come pre-loaded with hundreds of books, including J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The Navy General Library Program (NGLP) is providing the NeRD and other library services free of charge to officers, sailors, and their families. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

There’s no denying that Orlando Bloom is known for being eye-candy in his role as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, but the actor is trying to get away from being the heartthrob. “Much of the pressure I felt following the success of The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean I put on myself,” he confessed. “I had to prove to myself that I’m versatile. To some extent, it’s a process you can’t control. At some point you’ll inevitably grow out of the roles for the Hollywood pretty boy. You get older and Hollywood throws itself at the next man of the moment. But you have to find where you now belong.” (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Valdis)

Author George R.R. Martin sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about his popular series A Song of Ice and Fire and the television phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. It seems inevitable that comparisons are drawn up between Martin and Tolkien, and Martin brings up The Professor quite often. You’ll have to read the entire article if you want the full story,  but we’ll leave you with this little quote: “Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with.” (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

This video explores the mysterious origins of the dragons of Middle-earth, and though it may be short, the creators spent 13 weeks working on it for an animation class! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Amanda)

Every day, 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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  1. Looking forward to these posts becoming daily!

  2. Thanks for this! That Martin interview is interesting, but I also read a recent one where he says LOTR is his favorite book!