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An Eagle’s View of Middle-earth – May 31, 2014

BagEnd_cake_dashandapinchEver since Sarah from A Dash and a Pinch started making big old fondant cakes, she had this idea in the back of her mind: She wanted to make Bag End. It was the most intricate, detailed, challenging cake she’s ever dared to make, put all of her hard work paid off. This cake is amazing, down to the tiny vegetables in the garden and the hair on Bilbo’s (not pictured) feet! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily via an awesome friend!)

Empire has released their list of The 301 Greatest Movies of All Time based on a recent poll of their readers. You’ll be happy to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King rank highly on the list, at #7 and #12 respectively, but The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers doesn’t join them until #46. Even The Hobbit films make appearances with The Desolation of Smaug at #166, and An Unexpected Journey at #262. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

If you’ve got some spare change around, maybe we could all pool our resources to purchase this first Edition of The Hobbit up for auction at Bonhams. It is expected to fetch £10,000 – 15,000 / $17,000 – 25,000 at the auction on June 18. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)


DeviantArtist Candra used only traditional materials, such as pencil, watercolor, white, and pen, to create this stunning vision of Thranduil, the King of Mirkwood. (spotted by Middle-earth News contributor Myla)

Sir Christopher Lee is back in all his heavy metal glory! The legendary actor, who played Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and a self-professed Tolkien enthusiast, has release his third metal album with his ‘Metal Knight’ EP, on the occasion of his 92nd birthday. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Amanda)

In Tolkien in Pawneeland, author Roger Echo-Hawk argues that J.R.R. Tolkien consulted Skidi Pawnee texts in the course of creating his Middle-earth legendarium. He concludes in his book that Tolkien’s interest in Pawnee myth was sporadic and that The Professor consulted a 1904 book by George A. Dorsey titled Traditions of the Skidi Pawnee. In this blog post, he seeks to explain the basis of his argument. Give it a read and if you want to learn more, make sure to check out the full book, Tolkien In Pawneeland! (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Lily)

In this absolutely incredible bit of film, Professor Tolkien walks about the buildings of Oxford chatting with the interviewer about his love of trees! This episode of the BBC Series ”In Their Own Words: British Authors” featured Professor Tolkien at the age of 76. (spotted by Middle-earth News reporter Valdis via The Land of Shadow)

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  1. I just saw that you put this here! Love the website, and I’m so grateful that you liked my cake! It was definitely a labor intensive process. And since you seem to like all other things nerdy, check back soon for some more Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Superhero and Hobbit recipes!

    • Lily Milos says:

      We love your work, Sarah! We’ll definitely be keeping up on your future cakes. 🙂