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There are Lord of the Rings fans, and then there are Lord of the Rings fans that really deserve a a good slap in the face. This guy falls in the later category, constantly rattling off quotes to his girlfriend and recording them for snapchat videos (in portrait mode no less!). It doesn’t matter where she is or what she’s doing, he has a quote ready—even if it means scaring the daylights out of her on a dark stairway. Seriously, this woman is probably going to kill him in his sleep.

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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.

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(Just Maps via io9)

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J.R.R. Tolkien provided beautifully sketched maps of the world he created for his stories. Slippery Rock University geography professor Stentor Danielson has taken that drawing style and applied it to modern cities creating maps that look like they were torn from the pages of Tolkien’s books. He’s already got Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington, DC, and more, all available as prints to decorate your home.

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The beautiful image you see above is just one piece of the incredible tapestry poster that was created to promote the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17th. Instead of releasing a bunch of separate posters, they created one with individual scenes that roll into one another in a way that makes the story feel truly epic. From Nerdist:

From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.

Whew is right. It’s just three more months until we get to see the film, and if you weren’t excited about it before, this poster will likely have you counting down the days.

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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.

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It’s one of the great mysteries of the world. Why didn’t Gandalf just fly the darn eagles all the way to Mordor? Theories abound, but this one, it might be the best. In this Lego-fied explanation, we finally see what would have happened to our heroes had they taken the eagles all the way to their final destination.

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These incredibly detailed illustrations by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov look like they’ve been pulled right from a Medieval manuscript, but they’re actually representations of something much more recent. He’s illustrated the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in beautiful watercolors that you’ll find in the Russian language editions LOTR. I wonder how things would have looked if Peter Jackson had used these images as his inspiration.

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Scientists have discovered a new species of crocodile and given it the best name ever: Athracosuchus balrogus after J.R.R. Tolkien’s Balrog:

A. balrogus was found in the Cerrejon mines in Columbia but are thought to have originated in Africa and then migrated to Columbia roughly 75 million years ago. They also estimate that the species survived the extinction event that took out the dinosaurs, so they’re looking to A. balrogus to give them some clues “as to how animals survive extinctions and other catastrophes” according to study co-author Alex Hastings.

Hastings also told LiveScience, “As we face climates that are warmer today, it is important to understand how animals responded in the past. This family of crocodyliforms in Cerrejón adapted and did very well despite incredible obstacles, which could speak to the ability of living crocodiles to adapt and overcome.”

I find it interesting that, in some small way, a Balrog may help humanity survive a little longer. Ironic, huh?

(via Nerdist / Saltwater Croc image from Wikipedia)

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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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Hobbit Holes look incredibly cozy and now one man has built a Hobbit Hole in his own backyard. It was built by Ashley Yeates of Torii Gardens and it looks like it could easily be Frodo’s new home. It took him over a year to build with roughly four months of solid work to complete. Now they are considering requests for custom builds.

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