the lord of the rings

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Here’s some cool news for J.R.R. Tolkien fans. A recording of Tolkien from a “Hobbit Dinner” he attended in the Netherlands in 1958 has just resurfaced.

Jay Johnstone, co-founder of Legendarium at mymiddleearth.com, discovered the tape’s existence and that it was in the possession of Tolkien fan René van Rossenberg, who owns a Lord of the Rings shop. I don’t doubt there were riddles told and the words “my precious” were used because von Rossberg is allowing the tape to be remastered and we’ll all get to hear it later this year.

The tape contains a recording of Tolkien explaining the meaning of The Lord Of The Rings, reciting a poem in Elvish, and more. Thankfully a preview is avaialble in the video after the break…

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life sized gollum

Gollum would like to greet all the guests that enter your home and show them his fish. That is not a euphemism.

Weta is offering a life size statue of the iconic character, and he would definitely add a certain vibe to any location. The statue is 55″ tall and since he is not cheap, you should have a perfect place to showcase him. He’s cast in fiberglass, and they only have a “strictly” limited number of pieces available. So limited you have to email Weta to make sure it’s available before placing your order. Hopefully you have a precious you can melt down to pay for this lifelike creature.

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If you didn’t read the Lord of the Rings before seeing The Fellowship of the Ring, you may have been confused by Gandalf refusing to take the One Ring and relieve Frodo of his burden. It seems like a wise person with good intent should be able to control the power, but as you soon learn, that’s the trick. DeviantArt user Benjamin Collison imagined what Gandalf would look like if he succumbed to temptation and wore the ring. Behold, Gandalf the Black. He looks like a wizard you really, really wouldn’t want to make angry.

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Gandalf stopped the Balrog of Moria, surely he can stop some pedestrians on a bridge in Central Park. At least, you’d think so. In this video, a man dressed as Gandalf shouts “you shall not pass” and tries his best to get people to stop. Most people laugh, take a picture, and move on. One passerby even yells a spell from Harry Potter at him. Poor Gandalf.

See what happens in the funny video after the break.

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gimli's axe

How would you like to wield Gimli’s axe? Not one of the Lord of the Rings prop replicas but an actual bearded axe. It’s a gorgeous piece of weaponry, and Tony Swatton tackles the project in the latest episode of Man at Arms.

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The Springs Fire is wreaking some serious havoc in southern California right now. It’s nice to know that, even though it’s not a laughing matter, that NBC in L.A. knows that we all need to remember to smile and that real people are affected by this.

I just heard there’s another fire out there. I may need to batten down the hatches and start gathering my collectibles myself!

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LEGO is continuing their Lord of the Rings collection with this awesome Tower of Orthanic set! It won’t be available until July, but click through the break to find out all of the details.

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Sauron’s battle tactics aren’t exactly water tight. He leaves a few openings – like wearing the One Ring of power outside of his armor – but who’s going to question him? He’s too scary. If only there was a brave orc to point out the flaws in the plan. This comic imagines such a creature spoke up and besides making sense, it’s hilarious.

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