Art and Literature News

An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth – May 30, 2014


Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are going to love these retro travel prints by Teacup Piranha on Etsy! Each print advertises a different destination–Mordor, Rivendell, Rohan, and The Shire–featured in the films. Your home/hobbit hole will look splendid with one of these featured on the wall, and you don’t need to sneak past Sauron to get one! You can purchase all four together or pick up your favorites individually. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

Emil Johansson has just released a new chart today on his website LotrProject! This interactive graph is a representation of the time and distance traveled by Bilbo and Frodo in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, respectively. You can hover and click on every point on the line to show more information about the events on each day. Enjoy! (spotted by Middle-earth News editor Oloriel)

In a new blog post at Part Time Monster, Gene’O argues, “Gollum is the character that makes [The Lord of the Rings] work. He connects Isildur and Mordor to the Shire. He moves the plot. The Hobbit and The Silmarillion are part of this story, too. Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum in The Hobbit gives him what he needs to actually BE a burglar instead of just pretending, and it’s not just about the Ring. Bilbo is changed by the chance encounter of ‘Riddles in the Dark,’ and Gollum is given motivation. Those are important.” (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)


Over on DeviantArt, artist Wavesheep was having a hard time expressing everything about Ulmo that there was to say, and instead, made this splendid piece of art. We think we speak for everyone when we say, “You are free to express your feelings in this way any time you like!” (spotted by Middle-earth News contributor Myla)

Sean Astin is doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Officially, it’s in support of the documentary Remember the Sultana that he is narrating and producing, but he’s bound to be fielding questions about his other films, like The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, and Rudy. (spotted by @MiddleEarthNews Twitter follower @LindaofNote)

Our friends at The Hobbit Pub in Southampton have made this list of 9 Of The Nerdiest From Restaurants and Bars Around The World. It’s their colorful cocktails and shooters named for characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that did it, and hey, it’s Friday night! An Aragorn (VS Lemon, Vodka, Midori, and Lemonade) sounds pretty good right about now! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

While we’re eagerly awaiting the release of the official trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, here’s a nice fan-made one! It uses clips from EragonSucker PunchSnow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant SlayerSeason of the WitchMidnight ChroniclesDragonfyreFire & Ice47 Ronin, and Dragon Crusaders. (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. I love seeing artwork inspired by The Silmarillion. That picture of Ulmo is quite stunning.

  2. Those posters are fantastic.

  3. Thanks very much for including my Gollum post in this report. I have a three of friends who write fantastic Tolkien posts. I’ll definitely share the site with them.

    I’m joining your Fellowship and I’ll figure out how to add you to one of my feeds so I can get your updates and submit precious news.

    PartTimeMonster’s my sister’s blog. I write Tolkien for her, and she blogs television and book reviews for me.