I can’t believe that it took five seasons for Epic Rap Battles of History to finally pit J.R.R. Tolkien against George R.R. Martin—but here we are.
It was worth the wait.
Check out the video, as well as some behind-the-scenes stuff, below (NSFW).
Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Sophisticated Games are on a journey to let you experience Dungeons & Dragons in Middle-Earth starting in the summer of 2016.
“We’re all very excited to be building on the success of The One Ring Roleplaying Game and bringing Middle-earth to D&D® players.”, said Cubicle 7’s CEO Dominic McDowall. “Uniting two things very close to the hearts of gamers, me included, is very cool – I can’t wait for the summer.”
I can just imagine some of the characters you’re going to see roaming around The Shire once this all happens. DM’s are gonna have a field day.
Geeky proposals are the best kind of proposals. In this case, a gentleman named Dave asked Vader’s Vault for a custom saber when it came time to pop the question.
Since he was planning to propose during a LOTR-themed vacation in New Zealand, he asked for a Lord of the Rings custom saber, and Vader’s Vault delivered a thing of beauty.
Here are the basic details:
-Crystal Focus V5
-LEDEngin RGBW in Oppression Stopping Purpliscious Purple™
-Custom flushmount purple AV switch
-Custom Mystic Topaz topped aux switch
-Amazingly detailed exposed Crystal Chamber
-Hand cut and engraved brass overlays with Elvish Script
-7.4V Li Ion Battery pack
-Patterned purple genuine leather rear grip
If you check out the video below, you’ll learn all the details behind the design. Plus, there’s additional pics to drool over.
This Lord of the Rings-inspired fire pit is guarded by the black speech and
Sauron’s the Witch-king of Angmar mask. It’s perfect for enjoying a chilly night with warm beverages, marshmallow toasting and, you know, maybe forging some magical jewelry. Etsy shop Imagine Metal Art crafted this impressive 3′ x 4′ pit which also comes with an adjustable grill.
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As impressive at this is, wait until you see how it looks at night with actual flames. It’s frightening and I need it so bad. More photos after the break.
The original Rivendell built by Ben Pitchford contained 120,000 Lego pieces, far too big for an official set. However Lego reached out and asked if he would be interested in submitting a downsized version to Lego Ideas. He did, and it’s well on its way to becoming a reality.
The updated set clocks in at under 5000 pieces but still includes all 10 buildings, the main bridge to the platform, light-up moon rune with map, and the large tree at the top of staircase. The set doesn’t include the surrounding mountain for obvious reasons, but it does come with all our favorite hobbits and elves, a few horses, and of course Gandalf.
In an interview with The One Ring, Ben explains how he was able to build with such detail:
“I found a visual effects video from Weta Digital which gave me insight of Rivendell never released in the movie. With these behind the scenes images I was able to create every minor detail including the landscape, the location of the buildings, and even the moon runes which all light up.”
Take a closer look at the original LEGO Rivendell build after the break.
Imagine having a secret door in your home that only appears with the touch of your hand. Redditor Eclipse_007 built a secret entrance to his home movie theater inspired by the Door of Durin from Lord of the Rings. Although the famous doorway to the Mines of Moria opened with a spoken word, he’s working on that.
First he built a box out of plywood to fit the doorway and lined the inside with a string of super bright LED lights. Then using plexi-glass covered in vinyl, he hand-drew and cut out the designs to replicate the markings from the LotR door. After painting, the installed door looks more like something from the side of a rock, which ultimately gives a much more desirable look.
And finally, he hand-carved the most important part, the incantation which reads, “Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo Mellon a Minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin.” Translated it means “The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.”
Check out the incredible work and completed door in action after the break.
There are times when Tolkien is ridiculously verbose and provides every last detail about a scene, but there are times when he doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Were you confused by the One Ring when you finished reading The Lord of the Rings? This video by CGP Grey explains it all along with great artwork by Knut J Håland which you can own by supporting the project on Patreon.
See the video after the break.
There has been much grumbling about The Hobbit being released as three films. So, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to condense the trilogy. A diehard Tolkien fan, aptly named “TolkienEditor,” stepped up to the plate and created “The Tolkien Edit,” which runs for roughly four hours and 21 minutes (as compared to over nine hours for the original trilogy).
Learn more after the break…