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Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have a few things in common. They’re both high fantasy series with magical elements and mysterious creatures, and they both take place in lands ruled by politics. So, what if various families across Middle-earth had sigils like the ones seen in Game of Thrones?

Middle-Earth News imagined how they would mash up, and they did a wonderful job choosing words and images. Aragon’s family gets a crown and a quote from his memorable pep talk, and Sam Gamgee? Let’s just say there are “po-ta-toes.” It’s rather perfect.

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Thanks to Ralph Bakshi’s son Eddie Bakshi, you can now see parts of the fight between Gandalf and The Balrog that were cut from the original 1978 animated Lord Of The Rings.

Boing Boing’s Ethan Gilsdorf got in touch with Bakshi himself to talk about the classic films and managed to get a little more information on the newly found footage in the process.

…some of the scenes from that 1978 classic have been rescued from the “cutting room floor,” Bakshi, now 75, said when I reached him via email this week.

Eddie Bakshi, Bakshi’s son, has been busy scanning in original “cel” artwork from Bakshi’s archives, timing them to the cartoon’s original exposure sheets, and posting the scenes on Bakshi’s Facebook page. (The Facebook page also includes clips from Bakshi’s other films, though it appears none of these are new.)

The particular Rings footage that has been restored comes from the Gandalf vs. Balrog fight sequence, and it is brief. One clip is a three-shot, 12-second sequence of the two characters falling into the void, titled “Gandalf recalls fighting the Balrog.” The other is a 10-second shot described as “Gandalf duels with the Balrog and smashes into the endless staircase.” In the film, the Balrog battle was recounted via minimally-animated still images.

He went on to explain that the Balrog and the overall animation in this recovered footage look different that the rest of the film because this was a flashback in the form of Gandalf’s memory, so it’s more as he experienced and remembers it. Vaseline on the lens, as it were. Bakshi couldn’t quite get the different styles to work, which is why the footage was removed.

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Take a break from your day and escape into the world of Middle Earth. Artist Kinko-White uses watercolors, inks, and acrylics to create enchanting images from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. She’s painted them inside a book, and it’s an absolute treasure. The likenesses are spot on but more than that, they’re emotional. Her drawings capture moments so well that I expect the characters to start moving and talking. Just incredible.

See more of the stunning pieces after the break.

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Artist Otis Frampton really embraced the whole “Christmas is about giving” thing. He’s worked on such popular web series as Stan’s Rants and How It Should Have Ended, and now he’s released a number of original Tolkien-themed Facebook cover pictures. But the best part? The denizens of the Internet can use them, free of charge. All he asks is that you give him proper credit in the description portion of the pic.

Thanks a bunch, Otis!

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The owner of this epic Lord of the Rings table set clearly stole a portion of Smaug’s horde. The only word for this is fantastic. Just look at the detailed craftsmanship! The backs of the chairs feature the Eye of Sauron and the fronts have the White Tree of Gondor. The One Ring hang aboves table as a chandelier and is also the ring under the table. I am floored and really want to visit this person’s house – probably with a hobbit burglar.

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Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth can probably be broken down into a handful of categories, and it’s easy to classify people into different types. Andy Kluthe has ccreated a comic illustrating eight different types of Tolkien fans and, as far as I can tell, he’s not far from the truth. They’re exaggerated stereotypes for humor, but hey, I’ve met most of these people. You’ve got casual movie fans to folks who know The Silmarillion by heart. It takes all sorts.

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Alice Finch and David Frank are obsessed with two things in life: The Lord of the Rings and Lego. That explains why they took the time to create an astounding recreation of Rivendell using 200,000 bricks.

After watching the first three LOTR films, they poured over the details of the elven city, and started building. It took them most of the year to complete, and they spent a good deal of time on BrickLink looking for the perfect custom pieces.

The Lego-lovin’ duo stopped by The Brothers Brick for an in depth interview on the entire construction process, so if you’re thinking about creating something similar (got a lot of free time these days, huh?) then you’ll want to check it out.

You can also see a huge gallery of images from the build on Alice Finch’s Flickr.

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It’s important to start kids early if you want them to grow into big, strong adult geeks and this Lord of the Rings quiet book is a perfect beginning. It tells the story with little felt figures and even lets kids dress up Aragorn. You can download the pattern for the book and make one for your precious, just in time for the holidays.

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Seeing Legolas wielding a bow and arrow on the big-screen is all the more impressive because no one could shoot arrows that fast in real life—or could they? This is Danish archer Lars Anderson and he’s been practicing some ancient archery techniques that are incredible. The trick is to hold the arrows in your hand rather than keeping them in the quiver.

He’s able to shoot 10 arrows in 4.9 seconds, or eleven arrows before the first hits the ground. He can also shoot three arrows in under a second while falling or shoot three disks while running backwards in 1.12 seconds. Maybe he is Legolas. Has anyone checked to see if he has pointy ears?

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