the lord of the rings

  1. Entertainment

    We Wouldn’t Mind Being Trapped on the Top of the LEGO Tower of Orthanc

    Word's been out on the Internet since at least January about an official Lord of the Rings Tower of Orthanc LEGO set thanks to a few images making the rounds, but now it's officially official: LEGO's announced their two-foot-tall Tower of Orthanc set. They take a few liberties, so be prepared for a few very upset Tolkien scholars.

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  2. Entertainment

    Physics Lets Us Know How Many Fish Gollum Needs to Live, We Now Sleep Easier at Night

    One of the great pastimes of geekdom is adding some degree of factual feasibility to works of fantasy in all its forms. With the release of The Hobbit this Friday, audiences everywhere will be reunited with a much younger, more energetic Gollum than the one they've come to know in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But a haunting question that fans have tried to wrap their heads around for years is how has Gollum managed to be so long lived in spite of the fact he dwelled within the perpetual darkness of the Misty Mountains, dining purely on fish. Using assumptions on Hobbit physiology and his working knowledge of Gollum's subterranean home, Rhett Allain -- an associate professor of physics at the Southeastern Louisiana University -- has crunched the numbers and deduced how many fish the little guy needs to eat to function. The number may shock you -- if you actually care about this sort of thing, of course.

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  3. Entertainment

    Three Hundred Lives of Men Gandalf Has Unicycled this Earth [Video]

    Fans of The Lord of the Rings each have their own special way of celebrating the countdown to yet another film installment of their favorite franchise. Some opt to dress like hobbits and refuse to shave their feet until opening night, and others devote themselves to speaking nothing but Elvish for any and all social interactions. Portland's hometown hero the Unipiper, on the other hand, takes it one step further by combining his famous schtick -- playing the bagpipes whilst riding a unicycle -- with his reverence for Gandalf the Grey. What we ultimately get is too much nerdiness for one video to possibly contain!

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  4. Entertainment

    Researcher Unearths Forgotten The Lord of the Rings Illustrations

    J.R.R. Tolkien notoriously didn't like the idea of illustrations being used in his books. Many submitted their artistic visions to the writer, but, even if he liked them, they didn't suit as illustrations. This apparently wasn't true in all cases. After conducting a bit of research, Dr. Paul Tankard has traced down a series of illustrations of which Tolkien actually approved. As in, would have maybe appeared in an illustrated version of the novel.

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  5. Entertainment

    The Hobbit Trilogy Watch: Part 2 Gets a Name, Part 3 Dated

    As everyone already knows, Peter Jackson has split up his production of The Hobbit into a trilogy, instead of just two movies like he initially planned. That's old news. Now that he's ripped that band-aid off, Jackson has released the new trajectory of the trilogy, including names for both the second and third parts of the series, and the release date for the last movie.  Not much has changed about the first two movies; both films are coming out the same day as Jackson originally planned. Not everything about the second movie is as it was, though. Now that it isn't the final movie in the series, "The Hobbit: Part Deux" has a new, Smaug-ier name.

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  6. Entertainment

    The Lord of the Rings in 99 Seconds [Video]

    A capella and The Lord of the Rings are clearly two glorious things that should mix more often. YouTube user Paint has provided exactly both for your viewing pleasure. Given that the trilogy of movies takes over nine hours to watch -- let alone how long the book takes to read -- perhaps this will serve as a nice summary for all those wishing they could understand the references but not bother putting in the work. It also doubles as a hilarious recap for everyone that's both seen the movies and read the books. So, everyone wins.

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  7. Entertainment

    The Lord of the Rings Starry Night

    Previously: Bacon Starry Night. Now: The Lord of the Rings Starry Night. When something happens because of course it did, usually more things happen for that same reason.

    (via Dorkly)

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  8. Gaming

    Creepy Eye of Sauron Kinect Hack Follows You Around the Room [Video]

    In the world of neat Kinect hacks, The Technology Studio combined a Kinect with a round Pufferfish display and created a creepy Eye of Sauron that follows you around the room.

    (via Earthware)

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  9. Entertainment

    The Way The Lord of the Rings Could Have Ended, 2 1/2 Books Earlier

    Council of Elrond recuts are sooooo 2002, but it was the slack-jawed look on Boromir's face that really did it for us. Also dwarves are awesome. (via Geeks Are Sexy.)

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  10. Entertainment

    “You Shall Not Bounce:” Ian McKellan on Filming the Balrog Sequence

    He's Gandalf and Magneto, and we will never get over it. (via Reddit.)

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  11. Entertainment

    Sylvester McCoy to Play Radagast the Brown? Wait… Radagast in The Hobbit?

    The buzz about Sylvester McCoy, veteran of British television (including a stint playing the Doctor), lately has been that he is in talks to play a certain part in The Hobbit, though definitely "not the Bilbo role." (In other interesting facts: he also once played the part of the Fool in King Lear, against, yes, Ian McKellen as the titular monarch.) Bleeding Cool, however, has a "trustworthy source" that has pegged his negotiations as revolving around a much more obscure character: Radagast the Brown. Why do we care about negotiations for a bit part in The Hobbit? Because we're obssesed? Well, yes. Of course. But also because Radagast doesn't actually appear in The Hobbit, but if he does, it gives us a big hint on one of the movies' big spectacles. This is one of those prime examples of how Tolkien was an incredible historian and linguist but perhaps a bad novelist.

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  12. Entertainment

    Universal to Build Lord of the Rings Theme Park?

    According to the ever vigilant blastr, a number of people over at the Disney bulletin boards have been receiving surveys from Universal that are essentially testing the enthusiasm for a Lord of the Rings themed park a la The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Posts quote the survey as saying:
    Imagine if you will a world unlike any you've ever visited before: it's Middle Earth, the ancient and beautiful land forged by J.R.R. Tolkien as the backdrop for his two most well known creations, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Walk as a human among dwarves, elves, orcs and hobbits—all faithfully recreated and portrayed in the spirit of the original characters as they appeared in both the books and the movies.

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  13. Entertainment

    Filming on The Hobbit Movie to Begin in June July

    Ian McKellen's, erm... quaint official site has confirmed that Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit will begin filming in New Zealand this June July.

    The Hobbit's, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June.  Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started.

    Update: McKellen has since changed his webpage to read "July."

    Considering the length of the shoot (and IMDB) Part I will probably release in 2012, and the films will likely be shot at the same time, just like LotR before them.

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  14. Entertainment

    Flashing Your Geek

    I have a very good friend. We're both writers, both geeks, and both talkers, so much so that we've developed a number of inside jokes that serve us as conversational shorthand. I would like to share one of them with the greater geek community. It refers to a certain sort of social situation, and we call it:

    Flashing Your Geek

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