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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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You don’t have to travel to New Zealand to add a little Middle-earth to your life. You can do what Lord of the Rings fan Mehmet did and install a geeky stain glass door in your house. The glass features the White Tree of Gondor in all its glory, and I wouldn’t mind having one just like it in my house.

(via TheOneRing.Net)


It’s one of the great mysteries of the world. Why didn’t Gandalf just fly the darn eagles all the way to Mordor? Theories abound, but this one, it might be the best. In this Lego-fied explanation, we finally see what would have happened to our heroes had they taken the eagles all the way to their final destination.

See the video after the break.

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Does your green thumb need some help from geeky characters? Then let Jin Kai’s LEGO flower pot designs inspire you! The inventive creations feature scenes from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and The Simpsons and incorporate settings from each with fun minifigs. I love this idea; the possibilities are endless.

If you don’t feel up to the task of building them yourself, vote to make the Star Wars pot and Lord of the Rings pot actual products on LEGO Ideas.

See the Lord of the Rings and Simpsons flower pots after the break.

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Hobbit Hole

I’ve only been to a couple of charity auctions, and none of the items up for grabs have been as cool as a hobbit hole facade. Redditor PlayDoctors managed to nab one under those circumstances though, and he spent $420 on it. Once he had the front, he decided to go for it and build a complete hobbit house. It’s under 200 square feet, and the ceilings can accommodate more than only hobbits since they’re 6 feet 6 inches high. “Charming” is the only word to describe it! He’s lucky to have a piece of Middle-earth in his backyard.

Watch the cozy house come together in the gallery after the break.

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Elf attacks car

Imagine that you’re driving along the road, minding your own business, and suddenly, an elf runs into traffic and starts attacking your BMW. And we’re not talking a cute, Santa’s little helper elf. Picture a man in chain mail with a sword. That actually happened in Portland, Oregon, recently.

The man, Konrad Bass (LARPer and fantasy novelist under the name Konrad McKane), told police he was a “high-elf engaged in battle with the evil Morgoth.” Morgoth, also known as Melkor, was the master of Sauron long before The Lord of the Rings.

Bass told police he had taken LSD, but in an interview with Vocativ, he states he also experiences hypomania. He says the driver of the BMW honked her horn at him (and rightly so), and that was too much. Bass said, “I hopped on her hood and tried to pierce her tires with my master sword. I was trying to prove a point. Don’t mess with a dark elf.”

Note taken.

(Time via Gawker, photo via KPTV)