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Paper Smaug may not be able to burn you, but he can give you deadly papercuts. Smaug the Magnificent cannot be contained. DeviantArt user FarTooManyIdeas created the fierce creature from the pages of The Hobbit. Even though part of me cringes at the destruction of a book, just look what she made! I especially like the tiny Bilbo peeping around the corner.

See more angles of the terrifying beast after the break.

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When you’re creating an image of Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit, the most on-point option is to carve the portrait from wood. See?! It’s funny because his name is Oakenshield.

Anyway, artist James Hance drew this piece onto a slab of wood and then carefully burned the image in and painted it. The result is a majestic portrait quite suited to the dwarf. If it wasn’t for the fact that the art has already been sold, I’d consider buying it to keep in my bedroom. I’d be completely okay with seeing Richard Armitage’s face every single day.

See some in-progress shots 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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If you’ve never heard Leonard Nimoy’s spectacular song “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” you’re missing out. It’s spectacular and so is the video that was made to go with the song – like Star Wars Holiday Special spectacular. IGN managed to get the cast of The Desolation of Smaug to perform a dramatic reading of the catchy and weird tune and somehow, they make it work. Listening to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and others say the lyrics so seriously that they turn the ballad into an engaging story – it’s kinda perfect.

See the readings and the original song after the break.

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Though we’ve seen plenty of promo pictures from The Desolation of Smaug, we’ve yet to see any official stills of the actual dragon. That changed yesterday when Air New Zealand unveiled Smaug on the side of one of their planes (yes, the above image is a screencap from the trailer just in case you don’t want to see the mighty Smaug for the first time on the side of an airplane). Air New Zealand got to show off the impressive beast on a plane that flew to Los Angeles for the premiere of The Hobbit’s second installment. I hope everyone aboard made a ton of jokes about riding a dragon.

Check out the dragon in pictures and video 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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Over at Air New Zealand, it’s just another day in Middle Earth. The Hobbit films have become such a part of every day life there that it’s all around. Last year, Air New Zealand proved that with a funny flight safety video, and this year they’re pushing a “Middle Earth is closer than you think” tag line. Dean O’Gorman (Fili) appears in the video and so does the voice of Sylvester McCoy. You’ll see spontaneously appearing dwarf beards and noses, Smaug in the cargo section, and more in the funny promotion.

Check out the video after the break.

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