Articles written by: Arwen

The Creator and Executive Director of Middle-earth News. Arwen is a mother of two, an uber geek, loves all things Tolkien, pretends to understand LOTRO, and kicks ass at fantasy card games. She constantly quotes from The Muppets, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate…. you get the point.

My Own Shire: Dig in and Plant an Herb Garden

My Own Shire: Dig in and Plant an Herb Garden

One of the most iconic images of the Shire is seeing Hobbits out and about tending their gardens. Having been to visit Hobbiton back in 2012, I can attest to the location’s beauty. Their gardens […]

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Set Available This Fall

It’s no dream – the box set all fans have been waiting for is here! A complete Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray box set is in the works, and […]

My Own Shire: Living a Hobbit Life in the Modern World

My Own Shire: Living a Hobbit Life in the Modern World

When I ask those around me which place in Middle-earth they prefer, I often hear, “The Shire”. With its sweeping green views and cozy Hobbit homes, it’s no wonder it captures the hearts of so […]

If You Aren’t Watching Stephen Hunter’s New Vlog Series, You’re Missing Out

If You Aren’t Watching Stephen Hunter’s New Vlog Series, You’re Missing Out

When you think of Bombur in the Hobbit films, I’m guessing you didn’t picture a guy dressed in a Chewbacca onesie, a pink and purple tutu, over-sized heart-shaped glasses, and a bear hat. But, that’s […]

Three Chances to Celebrate: BOTFA Premiere Line Parties at IMAX in Raleigh

Three Chances to Celebrate: BOTFA Premiere Line Parties at IMAX in Raleigh

Middle-earth News is once again teaming up with the fabulous folks at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles in Raleigh, North Carolina, to throw not one, but three The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five […]

Feast Week, Day 7: Prisoners of a Barrow-wight

Feast Week, Day 7: Prisoners of a Barrow-wight

“When he [Frodo Baggins] came to himself again, for a moment he could recall nothing except a sense of total dread. Then suddenly he knew that he was imprisoned, caught hopelessly; he was in a barrow. A Barrow-wight […]

EXCLUSIVE: Middle-earth News Goes Behind the Scenes on ‘The Rangers’ Film Set

EXCLUSIVE: Middle-earth News Goes Behind the Scenes on ‘The Rangers’ Film Set

Ever since watching the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition, I’ve had a love affair with the process of filming, especially with what happens behind the scenes.  It’s where […]

Now Available for Purchase: Remastered Deluxe Editions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King

Now Available for Purchase: Remastered Deluxe Editions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King

I first encountered Rankin and Bass’ The Return of the King while visiting a friends house back when I was ten years old. It was a particularly rainy day and it had been made worse […]

The Ultimate New Zealand Tour for Tolkien Fans

The Ultimate New Zealand Tour for Tolkien Fans

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with New Zealand. Well, it actually started right after I had finished a grade school book report about Australia and found out 97% of […]

Shadow of Mordor: To be or not to be… Canon?

Shadow of Mordor: To be or not to be… Canon?

Our good friend and exceptional writer, Joseph Bradford, happens to be the News Director for Quest Gaming Network, a site dedicated to covering gaming news through webcasts and online articles. Recently, Joe attended E3, where he […]