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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth – May 15, 2014


The Hobbiton Movie set shared this picture to ramp up anticipation for their evening tours which will start in June of this year. After a tour of the hobbit village, guests will be treated to a feast inside The Green Dragon Inn. We hope it looks just like this, but with the addition of some friendly hobbit faces! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is one of the celebrities who has designed a greeting card to raise funds for UK children’s charity Coram. The cards, which have been personally designed and signed by each individual celebrity, will be auctioned on eBay until May 16! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Evie)

A few months ago, when Luke Evans was in South Wales with his grandparents, a woman approached him with a strange request. “She says, ‘Look, I hope you don’t mind, but my daughter thinks you’re the character from The Hobbit and I know you’re not, but would you just pretend that you are for a second, because she’s obsessed and she thinks it’s you and she followed you into this cafe.’” Always the charmer (as our own Evie Bowman can attest!), Evans played along. “I was like, ‘I am Bard the Bowman,’ and she couldn’t believe it. Stories like that are really special and really nice,” he explained. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Evie)


The team at Cardboard Box Office recreate their favorite movie scenes entirely out of everyday household items, toys, and cardboard. This one is called The Lord of the Teething Rings. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Maria)

Peter Lyon, the blacksmith behind the making of the swords in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, will be lecturing in St. Nicolai and at the Gotland Museum in Sweden throughout Medieval Week (3-10 August). “We’re looking very much forward to Peter Lyons visit to the Medieval Week. Partly because we ourselves would like to see and hold the sword used by the actors in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and partly because we see that there is a great deal of curiosity and a genuine interest in the cinematic mythology and Tolkien’s world,” says Björn Sundberg, Executive Director at Medieval Week on Gotland. Tickets for Medieval Week go on sale next week! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Maria)

J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin are often compared as creators of vast, fictional worlds, but rarely are the comparisons ever as quantifiable as this article by Newser – 5 Writers Even Slower Than George RR Martin. Should people stop whining about how long Martin takes to write his fantasy series since Tolkien took sixteen years to write The Lord of the Rings? (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

We have turned into giggling twelve year-olds watching BleepIt’s censored cut of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We can’t believe we didn’t realize just how much vile and rude language was in the movie!. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Amanda)

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