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A few weeks ago we learned that Billy Boyd would be lending his vocal talents to Middle-earth once again. He sang as Pippin in The Return of the King, and he’ll be performing “The Last Goodbye” in the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Unless Peter Jackson adapts The Silmarillion, this will be the last of his interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories to hit the big screen.

WaterTower Music (Warner Bros. music label) has posted a clip of the song, and I can already tell I’m going to need tissues. It’s haunting.

Listen to a minute and a half of “The Last Goodbye” after the break.

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It’s important to study if you hope to get good grades, but a lot of parents spend far too much time trying to convince their kids to crack open their books. Here’s the perfect solution. Watch as Ian McKellen breaks out his best Gandalf to the delight of the kids at Chew Valley School in Bristol. If he can’t convince these kids, then no one can.

See the video after the break.

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The effects of the One Ring cause owners to take frequent naps. Rbitencourt USA didn’t sew their One Ring pillow in the fires of Mount Doom; they made it in their home from Brazilian wool felt. The fateful text is added with fabric paint and is simply decorative – you won’t draw attention from the Ringwraiths when you lay your head on this comfy version of the One Ring.

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There are Lord of the Rings fans, and then there are Lord of the Rings fans that really deserve a a good slap in the face. This guy falls in the later category, constantly rattling off quotes to his girlfriend and recording them for snapchat videos (in portrait mode no less!). It doesn’t matter where she is or what she’s doing, he has a quote ready—even if it means scaring the daylights out of her on a dark stairway. Seriously, this woman is probably going to kill him in his sleep.

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J.R.R. Tolkien provided beautifully sketched maps of the world he created for his stories. Slippery Rock University geography professor Stentor Danielson has taken that drawing style and applied it to modern cities creating maps that look like they were torn from the pages of Tolkien’s books. He’s already got Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington, DC, and more, all available as prints to decorate your home.

See more maps after the break.

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Can you keep a secret and keep it safe? The One Ring from Lord of the Rings is available as a fire ring from Etsy seller Bohemain Alp Designs. It’s perfect for many reasons but especially because you can’t read the the text unless a fire is lit and the ring is hot – JUST LIKE in the books! I’m flailing a little at the thought of roasting marshmallows and grilling steaks on top of the Precious.

The fire ring is 26 inches in diameter and made from 16 gauge steel. It’s ready to ship in 4-6 weeks, and while it’s not cheap, it would make an amazing gift for any Lord of the Rings fan who has a backyard.

Check out a couple more photos of the ring after the break.

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The beautiful image you see above is just one piece of the incredible tapestry poster that was created to promote the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17th. Instead of releasing a bunch of separate posters, they created one with individual scenes that roll into one another in a way that makes the story feel truly epic. From Nerdist:

From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.

Whew is right. It’s just three more months until we get to see the film, and if you weren’t excited about it before, this poster will likely have you counting down the days.

See the full poster after the break (and make sure to click and enlarge):

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Few things say home to me like Bag End. The home of the Baggins is described as comfortable, cozy, and safe. It’s the perfect theme for a nursery, and Britten thought the Shire would be an ideal baby friendly setting. She worked with artists Nicole Shobe and Minda for three months to finish the murals. The images feature Bag End, the rolling hills of the Shire, and cobbled stone paths. I’d love to step into these paintings and go on an adventure.

More photos of the epic room after the break.

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Lord Of The Rings fans, prepare your wallets because Lincoln Center is hosting Lord of the Rings trilogy screenings accompanied by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Lincoln Center will screen all three films twice over the course of 5 days and tickets start at $69 per screening.

They also have ticket packages which include post-concert receptions, a commemorative program book signed by Howard Shore, and more — depending on how much you want to spend.

While the tickets are available now, the concerts aren’t until April, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan your trip.

(via The Mary Sue)

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