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Back in March we hinted at Cubicle 7’s plan to make the D&D/Middle-earth dream a reality thanks to the Open Gaming License announcement for the 5th Edition. Well, it’s officially time to get excited. Dominic McDowall, Cubicle 7 CEO notes:

“When the OGL was announced for 5th Edition, we knew we had to embark on a new quest. We have so much incredible material for The One Ring, and have answered so many of the questions posed by how to make a superlative, highly playable game set in Middle-earth, that we want to share with an even wider audience.

So it was that Adventures in Middle-earth™ was born: 5th Edition OGL rules, Middle-earth setting. For the first time in roleplaying history these two greats are coming together, and we’re immensely proud to be the ones to do it.

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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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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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This unbelievably detailed map of Minas Tirith was posted on reddit to support a Middle-Earth RPG by ICE. It is incredibly complex with a key that has over 50 different items that are represented in exacting detail on the full map. There’s so much here, you’ll lose half your day just staring at it all.

Click on the image to do just that.

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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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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)

Middle Earth town

“Can you give me directions to the closest grocery store?”
“Yes, go one mile down Saruman, make a right on Palantir, and a left on Elrond.”

That’s a conversation you could actually have if you lived in Geldrop. The Dutch town has a population of 28,000 people and has street names that would be right at home in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. They’ve taken names from the Lord of the Rings as well as The Hobbit. You could live on Fangorn or even Thorin. It’s a fun idea, but I have to wonder how often street signs get stolen.

Explore it after the break…

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Tolkien drew very detailed maps of Middle-Earth so readers could easily see where his characters traveled. Now those maps have been used to create images of what Middle-Earth would look like viewed from space. It’s all part of The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model Project which used the Outerra graphics engine to make detailed images with every tree, field and stream included. They’ve also made these beautiful renderings of how the world would look from space.

See more pictures 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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