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Best airline safety video, ever

From New Zealand Air:

H/t Maziel

How sad that New Zealand, once known as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, is now associated with the obviously-fake mosque shooting video. See “How we know New Zealand mosque shooting video is a CGI fake “.


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For the Tolkien fan traveling to New Zealand

Are you fed up with politics? Me too. Here’s a link for an armchair journey through Peter Jackson’s filming locations in New Zealand. Click Me



As soon as you start leave the cities in New Zealand it is completely obvious that this is Middle-earth. Any of the rolling green hills could be The Shire. Then you are in for some spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery as you approach the grand mountains and forests in the South Island.
Arguably, it was the success of The Lord of the Rings movies that showcased New Zealand’s sheer beauty to the world. Now you can visit these locations on a road trip around New Zealand. We have only listed the Lord of the Rings locations that you can get to via hiking track, gravel road or sealed road, otherwise you would need a helicopter to get to some of the more remote places.
Die-hard fans might want to consider a Lord of the Rings tour to see some secret filming locations, which often includes costumes to re-enact scenes. Get your geek on!

Happy Travels

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Concerning Hobbits, Authors, Critics and Fans…

Here is an interesting article for all of us who love the works of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Peter Jackson. This is just an excerpt. There is a link at the end to the whole article. ~TD 

A Pilgrim in Narnia

The Hobbit as a Living Text: The Battle of 5 Blogs

hobbit battle of 5 armies posters jacksonThis post is part of the Battle of the Five Blogs, or six blogs to be precise. It is a throw-down of various Tolkien bloggers who are thinking about the release of the final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy,  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Other bloggers in this series are Kat SasJames MoffettSørina HigginsCrystal Hurd, and Matthew Rettino. Follow the links to check out their reviews, recaps, and rants. We encourage comments and links to your own reviews, recaps, and rants.
The Hobbit as Living Text
There is a curious thing that happens to C.S. Lewis’ writing: He made friends.
I think that most true J.R.R. Tolkien fans are going to hate The Hobbit: The Battle of 5 Armies, the newest and last installment of Peter Jackson’s series. Some of those fans detested the Lord of the Rings trilogy on film, while I loved them. I lack the technical, absolutely precise knowledge of the massive myth project that are the books that make up The Lord of the Rings, The HobbitThe Silmarillion, and the dozen or so other books that tell us about the History of Middle Earth. The second language in my home is not Quenya or Entish, and I haven’t tracked the number of new moons that pass in Frodo’s long journey to Mordor.
The Hobbit Dwarfs FilmI loved the LOTR films. And though there are moments that make you wince in The Hobbit trilogy—poor computer imaging, characters bent out of narrative shape, unclear lusts and motivations, uneven storytelling, genre confusion, and a general lack of Hobbitishness—I have quite enjoyed the films, as films. I went last night to The Battle of 5 Armies and had a great night out with friends.
But even I, who am willing to throw myself into the adaptation projected on screen, felt uncomfortable at times with how Jackson seems to bend what is to me a pretty straight story.
And yet…. And yet… I want to suggest that Jackson’s bending of Tolkien, and my discomfort with it, and the 100s of angry reviews online are all part of the tale.
Let me explain why…
The Hobbit as a Living Text: The Battle of 5 Blogs.
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Fans of Tolkien & Jackson! Trailer of 3rd Hobbit movie is here!


The Battle of the Five Armies, sadly our last visit to Middle-earth, will hit America’s movie screens on December 17.

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Hobbit 3: Battle of Five Armies trailer is here!

Hobbit 3 poster

For Tolkien-Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit geeks!

A mere hour ago, Warner Brothers released this teaser trailer for the third Hobbit movie: The Battle of the Five Armies:
The movie will be in U.S. theaters December 17.
What a bitter-sweet moment it’ll be because The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last time we get to visit Middle-earth on screen because the Tolkien Estate has not given copyright approval to any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s other writings, including The Silmarillion.
Sniff, sniff….
H/t FOTM’s sufercajun

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Which “Lord of the Rings” character are you?

Lord of the RingsAre you a Frodo Baggins?

Or Aragorn, aka Strider?

Or the faithful Samwise Gamgee?

Or the super-competent Elf warrior, Legolas Greenleaf?

Or Éowyn, shieldmaiden of Rohan?

Or Treebeard the Ent?

Or Gollum, who once was Smeagol?

Or (I hope not!) the dark lord Sauron?

Take this 13-question quiz to find out! Click here!

P.S. I’m Gandalf. LOL

Your various eccentricities tend to amuse as often as they perplex, but your silly, warm-hearted exterior masks a shrewd and powerful tactician. All of Mordor couldn’t turn you evil, which the rest of the world better be grateful for, because let’s be honest: You’d be awesome at being evil.


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For Hobbit fans: See Beorn's house!

Beorn and Gandalf
Beorn is one of the most mysterious characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
He’s a skin-changer: a huge man who can skin-change into a hulking fearsome bear. He lives alone in the forest, with animals as companions, whom he’s trained to help with chores.
Sir Peter Jackson has kept the appearance of Beorn a tightly-guarded secret, except for this rumored pic of actor Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn (below), and a split-second glimpse of Beorn the Bear leaping out in the trailer of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (0:25 mark in the video below).
But we finally get to see the amazing house of Beorn in this Warner Brothers exclusive!
H/t TheOneRing.net

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For Legolas fans

TheOneRing.Net made a GIF of Legolas Greenleaf – from the trailer of the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.

Enjoy! 😀



And here’s an improved version of the trailer, just released by Warner Brothers!



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For Hobbit fans

The trailer for the second of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies is here!!!!

Here’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!


Legolas Greenleaf is back!

A glimpse of Beorn the shapeshifter.

And Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. Perfect!

Desolation of Smaug will be in U.S. theaters beginning December 13. 😀


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The Cat Hobbit

Watch the trailer of The Hobbit again, this time kitty style.
What better way to begin a week? LOL
H/t TheOneRing.
And here’s Trailer Cats’ version of the 3rd and last of the Dark Knight Batman movies. I like how the villainous Catwoman is a dog. LOL

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