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How would you like your home to smell like Hoth or the Shire? You can order those scents and more from Etsy seller Frostbeard. The shop offers 8oz candles in glass jars, tea lights, and tarts. All of the candles are soy-based, and the descriptions sound delicious. Hoth smells like “Aspen Winter, Fresh Driven Snow, Mint” while the Shire has an aroma of “Oakmoss, clover, aloe, with a hint of sweet cherry pipe tobacco!”

Other scents in the shop are inspired by Star Trek, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad, and more. I want to stock up!

See more of Frostbeard’s offerings after the break.

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The Harry Potter series only showed us what happened to Harry as a young man, which may have left you wondering about how the rest of his life played out.

As you probably know by now, J.K. Rowling recently gave us all a glimpse in a new short story that mentions Harry as a 34-year old. Using that as inspiration, these book titles imagine a whole new series chronicling the life of a middle-aged Harry Potter facing all sorts of challenges like, mortgages, putting kids through school, and the side-effects of that little blue pill.

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Back in 2102 it was first announced that a Shannara TV series based on the Terry Brooks novels was a possibility. Fast forward to 2014 and it appears that the show will definitely be a reality as MTV pulled the trigger and greenlit a 10-episode first season.

Jon Favreau was originally going to direct as well as executive produce, but had to step down from the former role due to a scheduling conflict, so Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will take over to direct the first 2 episodes. EW reports that Terry Brooks and Dan Farah are still in place to executive produce and the show will be written by writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville).

There are no casting announcements yet, but we’ll keep you apprised once we have more news.

While this is probably not a show MTV would have done before Game Of Thrones, it’ll be interesting to see how it will do in the shadow of its popularity. On that note, prepare for the uninitiated to call the show a “ripoff” despite the fact that the first Shannara book (The Sword Of Shannara) came out in 1977. However, the series will be based on the second book (The Elfstones Of Shannara) as it is the book that really cemented the series.

(via /Film)

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Some people conjure elegant patronuses, but not everyone can be as lucky as Harry and have a grand and majestic stag. Alicia Braumberger has created a chart featuring some lesser known and possibly more embarrassing patronuses. Can you just imagine being the poor kid who conjured a sloth in his moment of need?

(Tor via io9)

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Hand drawn animation is no longer the way of things at Disney, but there is still quite a bit of concept art for Frozen that shows how the film might have looked had it come to fruition years ago. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen was first contemplated back when Walt was still alive. It was finally attempted just before The Princess and The Frog, but the lackluster performance of that film put the nail in the coffin of hand drawn animation.

However, that doesn’t mean that hand drawn animation doesn’t happen in the course of a film’s development, like these beautiful pieces of concept art that were used to develop Frozen. You can see even more behind-the-scenes of Frozen in The Art of Frozen hardcover book.

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You love to read, but how to keep all your beloved books organized? This set of bookends splits the TARDIS in two to hold all your books in a neat and tidy row. It measures 6.5″ x 4″ x 4″ and is currently available for preorder with delivery expected later this month.

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Homer’s The Odyssey is an epic tale that most of us read back in high school, but it’s even more epic as this huge LEGO map. It was constructed by a group of LEGO builders called VirtuaLUG who each worked on various bits to bring the story of the Odyssey, and a little of The Iliad, to life. It includes all the locales like Polyphemus’s Island, the Gates of Hades, and the Island of the Sirens.

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Just when you thought you only had to wait for two more books by George R.R. Martin, his editor goes and hints at an eighth Game of Thrones book.

Anne Groell recently said in a Q&A that there could be an eighth book in the series because, technically, there’s an eighth kingdom in A Song of Ice and Fire.

According to The Guardian:

“I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”

Granted, it’s all speculation and it’s an editor who, y’know, gets paid if there’s another book so grain of salt and all — but part of me did the wide eyeball thing at the news because waiting is hard enough as it is!

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The idea behind a memoir is to tell the real story of your life, but Neil Patrick Harris has decided that’s boring so his life story is going to be a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Here’s the official book blurb:

SICK of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

CHOOSE correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

That might be the best book blurb ever created. You can preorder copies of Neil’s book now and start enjoying your own adventure when it’s released on October 14th.

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