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• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~Vote in the Middle-earth March Madness Final Four! Some like it 'Hot!'
The Final Four are set! And in a stunning turn of events, Middle-earth has gone 'Hot!' In an unexpected twist of fate, the final four combatants are arguably the most swoon-worthy group of Middle-earth combatants ever. [More]
~Watch Orlando Bloom rehearse a Lake-town fight scene in Bard's house
Click below to watch Orlando Bloom as Legolas show off his knife skills in exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Desolation of Smaug. At the end he says to Jackson: "We should have shot it, right?" The clip is taken from the DVD/Blu-ray release of the theatrical edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is set to debut on April 7. [More]
~In defense of Thorin Oakenshield
We're into the semi-final match-ups in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest. As part of it, I thought it apt to examine each of our four finalists in turn, starting with our questing Dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield. [More]
~See how WETA brought Lake-town to life for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The little behind-the-scenes clip of Orlando playing with his knives was pretty cool, but this is just a whole 'nother level of "wow". Thanks to Ringer Smaug the Stupendous for the heads-up! Click below (run, do not walk!) and see exactly how Weta created Lake-town using a variety of CGI and VFX techniques. [More]
~Beorn the Shapeshifter: Sneak Peek at 'Desolation of Smaug' Blu-ray/DVD bonus features
In addition to the featurette posted earlier -- showing Orlando Bloom practicing a Laketown fight scene -- Warner Brothers UK has posted another sneak peek at the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This clip examines the design of Beorn, with interviews from actor Mikael Persbrandt and Hair/Make-up Designer Peter King. [More]
~Speaking of Legolas...
Here's the second of our four semi-final contestants in our 2014 March Madness contest -- Legolas, member of the Fellowship of the Ring. In this piece, Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez discusses the paradox of Legolas -- "both old and young, both wise and yet inexplicably ignorant of the wide world around him." [More]
~What is your title in Middle-earth?
You might be a Riddlemaker, a Key Holder or a Firestarter. Or perhaps something else. Take Warner Bros. fun little quiz, and discover what your Middle-earth title might be. [More]
~Rewrite Tolkien March contest winners -- & a special announcement!
Thank you to everyone that submitted an entry for the March Rewrite Tolkien contest -- 'The Hobbit' in the style of Douglas Adams. We had a lot of fun reading them! Before posting this months' winners, we wanted to announce that going forward, the contest will be held every other month. [More]
~Mikael Persbrandt talks about Beorn
We didn't see a lot of Mikael Persbrandt's Beorn in the end in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and arguably he remained all the more intriguing for it. Here, Persbrandt chats extensively with AB Svensk Filmindustris about the big skinchanger. [More]
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• tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
sons_of_gondor updates from co-mod., caras_galadhon:
Friday, March 28 through Thursday, April 3 inclusive.
- Teases by alex_quine
(Aragorn/Boromir; 15; The Lord Steward feels the cold and the King has his own solution.)
The Chase by caras_galadhon
(Aragorn; R; The servants of Sauron were cunning, and came in pleasing disguises as oft as not.)
• From middleland via philstar22:
- ~Welcome to Middle-Land
What is a land-comm? A land comm is an interactive challenge community in which players are divided into teams and compete for points. Challenges can be anything from luck to graphics to writing to puzzles to logic-based challenges. At the end of the each round the team with the most points wins.
What fandoms are included here? This landcomm centers around the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Mainly with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit but other works are welcome. [Signing Up] [The Contract]
• lotricons updates:
AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
- - TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
- The Hobbit - All Media Types
- Lord of the Rings RPF
- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
• Via msilverstar:
- ~Ask About Middle Earth
Ask any question about Middle Earth - LOTR, The Hobbit, Silmarillion, or any random question about the peoples and history of Middle Earth (movie or book 'verse). Seriously, all questions are welcome! [More]
- ~Hall of Fire chat this weekend: who are the Drúedain?
This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire examines one of Tolkien's more mysterious creations -- the Drúedain. If you're somewhat mystified as to who these people are, the name Ghân-buri-Ghân (who appears to help the Rohirrim in The Return of the King) may ring a few bells. [More]
• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~Pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Witness the return of Sauron's army to Mordor, the attack on the Black Gate and the origins behind Talion's quest for vengeance in the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer -- Banished from Death. [More]
• From estelanui:
- ~Shire (Middle-earth)
The Shire measured 40 leagues (193 km, 120 miles) from the Far Downs in the west to the Brandywine Bridge in the east, and 50 leagues (241 km, 150 miles) from the northern moors to the marshes in the south.
• Wednesday's MOVIE question: Which Fellowship actor had to wear a prosthetic fingertip to replace the one he'd lost in a farm machinery mishap?
Answer: John Rhys-Davies.
namarielorien, frolijahfan and helenllama all answered correctly.
More next week!
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