lord-of-the-rings

sauron

The team at Man at Arms: Reforged is taking us all back to Middle-Earth as they build Sauron’s Mace. He takes out legions of men in one swing with this thing in the movies, and the version these guys create looks almost, but not quite as deadly.

See it come together in the video after the break.

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The constant presence of smartphones have helped us see the world in a different way. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time with our heads turned downward looking at our phone, but the device can also inspire us. History professor Francois Dourlen uses his iPhone to insert scenes from movies into real life settings; it’s creative and the effect is amusing. Dourlen explains:

Like many people, I always imagine weird things when I walk in the street, when I work or when I’m home. But I never found a good way to tell what goes through my head.

One day, wanting to make a joke with friends, I replaced a statue of Napoleon in Cherbourg with a picture of my little pony in my phone and took a picture. I had so much fun that I put it on facebook, people immediately liked.

He’s made memorable images with scenes from Lord of the Rings, Thor, Edward Scissorhands, and more. They’re all fantastic.

See more of Dourlen’s photos after the break.

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obbit

Yes, this beautiful recreation of a Hobbit hole from Lord of the Rings hides a litter box for a very lucky cat. It was created by the Hollywood prop builders at Super-Fan Builds for a guy who is a huge Tolkien fan. Everything on it is perfectly cat-safe and there’s even an Eye of Sauron scratching post so your cat can scratch his all-seeing eye out and save the day.

Clearly, the Fellowship didn’t consider using giant cats. It would have saved them a lot of trouble.

See the build video after the break.

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earth

In case you missed it over the weekend, Saturday Night Live did a mashup of The Office with everyone from Middle-Earth and it’s simply brilliant. It’s a spin on the UK version of course, and the impressions are spot on, especially with Martin Freeman returning to The Office as Bilbo. Hey, they had to do something once all the epic battles were over, why not work in an office selling paper?

See the video after the break.

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LotR deaths

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is epic. The three films include battles of all sizes, and that means a lot of deaths. Orcs, humans, elves – they all lose lives in big numbers. Digg put together a six minute video that cuts together every on-screen death in the films, and there are over 212,000 in that span. As you’ll see, that estimate appears to be wild speculation, but still….It boggles the mind.

Watch the deaths in the video after the break.

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eye of sauron

The final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be out soon, and Moscow City planned to welcome it in style. Russian art group Svechenie came up with the idea of installing a re-creation of the Eye of Sauron on the Moscow City skyline. The Hollywood Reporter stated the light installation would be set up on the roof of the “IQ-quarter complex” and would draw in fans of Middle-earth and Lord of the Rings.

However, City Lab reports the idea was shut down almost immediately. The Russian Orthodox Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin protested the Eye of Sauron installation. I see where the church is coming from, but if it was only up for a single night as a promotional gag, I don’t see the harm.

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princess rap battle
This one came to us courtesy of tipster Ashley Bullock, who knows that we like princesses with a twist.

Previously, Whitney Avalon took on Elsa as Snow White in a princess rap battle and got herself frozen. This time, it’s a trilogy battle as Leia takes on Sara Erikson‘s Galadriel.

In addition to playing Leia, Avalon co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed this video with Steve Gossett.

Personally, I like Leia’s rhymes better, but Galadriel definitely has some skills.

Head after the break to see the video.

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billy boyd pippin

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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gandalg

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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One Ring Pillow

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.

Product Page ($59.95 via Neatorama and Make)