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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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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)

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Adding a little bit of the outdoors to your home is as easy as putting a terrarium on your coffee table. The self-contained ecosystems are small and simple to care for, and you can get cool geeky terrariums from Etsy seller Moss Love Terrariums with no work required except ordering and opening the package. The tiny worlds feature figures like Yoda, Harry Potter, Gandalf, Katniss, and more. These terrariums would make perfect housewarming presents!

See more of their nerdy, mossy offerings after the break.

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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.

Check out more sigils after the break.

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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.

You can check out the restored footage after the break.

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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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lotr table

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.

(via Cheezburger)

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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.

See the rest of the comic after the break.

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