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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.

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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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In the past, Leigh Lahav has broken down the Five Stages Of Fangirling with surprising accuracy, and now she’s turned that incisive wit towards this mash up of The Hobbit and Mean Girls called Mean Elves.

‘Cause you totally know that elves would be the mean girls of Middle Earth.

Check it out after the break ;-)

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Whether you like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit or not, you have to admit that the world J.R.R. Tolkien built is impressive. Middle Earth is expansive, intense, and filled with rich history. If you’d like to dive in and get a closer look without buying a plane ticket to New Zealand, you can take a tour with Google. They’ve developed an interactive map that will guide you through familiar locations from The Hobbit, and it’s packed with information and games. It’s a wonderful escape from the real world.

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Central Connecticut astrophysics professor Kristine Larsen has constructed this amazing working model of the solar system as it would exist in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. She’s something of an expert having written dozens of papers on the subject.

In her most recent effort, Larsen uses bits of information from throughout Tolkien’s work to put together his solar system. She writes:

One gets an immediate appreciation of just how deeply astronomical ideas are ingrained in the texture and fabric of Middle-earth from a study of the chronology of events in “The Lord of the Rings.” Christopher Tolkien’s edited volumes of the “first drafts” of this classic tale (published as volumes in The History of Middle-earth) are bursting with references to the moon and its phases. It appears that much, if not all, of the internal chronology of Frodo’s journey across Middle-earth was timed by and to the phases of the moon. For example, consider the following section from Tolkien’s own notes from the first draft of the Lothlórien section of FOTR:

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Take a good look around next time you use the New York City mass transit system, and you might spot something unusual. Come to think of it, that’s probably an everyday occurrence. You can specifically keep your eyes peeled for Middle Earth transit signs by artist William Puck. He’s designed over 200 fake transit posters for the world of the Lord of the Rings since last January. His line up has everything from Middle Earth transit cards to posters advising the young and spry to give up their seats to tired Ents. He gets inspiration from actual MTA posters he sees around the city.

Puck’s creative work blends the modern and fantastical well enough to make you look twice and wonder if you have somehow wandered into an urbanized Middle Earth. Once Puck finds the right place to put a poster up, he posts images to Twitter and Instagram so fans can find them.

Check out more signs after the break.

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Charlie Hague and Megan Williams built an enchanting hobbit style home on privately owned land in Glandwr, North Pembrokeshire. They live there with their one-year-old son, and the home is tucked away and secluded. They couldn’t hide from the the big bad planning commission though.

Rules are rules, and the couple didn’t obtain permits or permission to move forward with the build. It’s incredibly unfortunate because the home looks gorgeous, and it’s obvious a lot of work went into it. Hague and Williams tried to appeal, but it was dismissed by a planning inspector. Iwan Lloyd ruled the home harmed “the character and appearance of the countryside.” What a load of rubbish. The home couldn’t look more country and cozy if it tried.

See more photos of the lovely abode after the break.

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Bag End tends to be charming regardless of the setting, but this bonsai tree-scape pushes the delightful meter beyond measure. It’s cute and perfect, and I’d like to shrink myself and move in right now please.

Chris Guise shaped the tree and then constructed the familiar Hobbit hole. The bricks on the front were cut from roofing tile, and he carefully fashioned the brass doorknob on a metalworking lathe. Like a boss. He added paint and finishing touches like moss between the bricks, and voila – Bag End. He spent over 80 hours on the project, and I think every minute was worth it.

Check out more pics after the break, including a winterized version of the tree.

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Geeky Candles

The action figures lining your shelves and the graphic novels on your bookcase are not enough. Maximize the geek experience in your home by making it smell like Middle Earth, space, Teen Spirit, or a retro arcade. ThinkGeek has a new candle set offering all those options. The votive candles are carefully crafted and dyed to fit their names:

Retro Arcade: Candy, pizza, and a pocket full of quarters
Middle Earth: Grass, rolling farmland, and bright blue sky
Teen Spirit: Your high school deodorant, in your parents’ bathroom
Space: Ozone and hope for a peaceful federation

I’m tempted to try these out just to see what a pocket full of quarters mixed with pizza smells like.

Product Page ($19.99)