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The Lord of the Rings Lawsuit Comes to an End in a Decidedly Unexciting Way

After years of fighting, with twists and turns and reams of legal writing to rival the books that caused them, the legal battle between Warner Bros. and estate of J.R.R. Tolkien has been settled. Read More >>

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Grandmother Accidentally Worships Elrond Action Figure

A Brazilian grandmother has been discovered aiming her prayers in entirely the wrong direction, after a visiting relative noticed something wasn't quite right with the miniature religious icon she regularly worshipped in her home. Read More >>

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YOU SHALL NOT PASS (Through the Sacrament of Marriage) Mr Napster

Ian McKellen, of latter day Gandalf and Magneto fame, has revealed that he turned down the chance to bank a quick £1m by officiating at a rich man's wedding while dressed as fantasy kingpin Gandalf. Read More >>

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Here’s a Crazy Trick to Free Up Space On Your iPhone: Rent a Film

A Reddit thread is claiming that for those of us — and there are many — who are running out of space on our iPhones, all we have to do is try renting The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Viola! Free space! Read More >>

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Weird Peter Jackson Post Sparks New Doctor Who and Silmarillion Rumours

Is a weird, barely imaginable Doctor Who/Lord of the Rings mashup incoming? Probably not, but Peter Jackson’s got tongues wagging with a curious Facebook post this morning. He shared a video that suggests he’s in line to direct an episode of Doctor Who in the near future, though it may all just be a bit of geeky fun. Read More >>

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Lord of the Rings’ Minas Tirith City Will be Built in the UK (If £1.85 Billion Can be Raised…)

It's the focus of the Lord of the Rings' dramatic final battle, a towering white city carved into the side of a mountain. But Minas Tirith need not remain only in the realm of fiction, provided fantasy crowdfunders can cough up a measly, oh, say £1.85 BILLION. Read More >>

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Middle Earth’s High Oxygen Content Allows For Superhero Strider, Says Science

Gather round ye aficionados of Middle Earth lore! Here's something you probably didn't know about the land of Balrogs and Hobbits. A new study has been conducted into the oxygen content of Middle Earth and the impact that it has on the abilities of its inhabitants. Read More >>

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Someone Wants to Build a Futuristic Version of Sauron’s Tower in Africa

They call it Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) and, once built in Casablanca, Morocco, it will be the tallest building in Africa. The 1771-foot (540-metre) building is a project of Sheikh Tarek M. bin Laden, designed by French architects Valode et Pistre, who obviously have been watching too much Lord of the Rings. Read More >>

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Martin Freeman Returns as Bilbo Baggins…in ‘The Office’?

Martin Freeman is great as Tim Canterbury in The Office. He's also great as Bilbo Baggins, a pint-sized hobbit from the Shire. With Freeman hosting this weekend's episode of US late-night sketch show Saturday Night Live, the comedy troupe stumbled upon a golden "two birds, one stone" opportunity: The Hobbit Office. Read More >>

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How Far Could Lord of the Rings’ Legolas Really See?

In Lord of the Rings, Legolas claims to be able to count the exact number of horsemen five leagues away. That's over 17 miles – even discerning their leader as very tall. But would that ever be possible? Read More >>

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This 4K New Zealand Timelapse Transports You to Lord of the Rings Land

Super-sharp 4k video, in the right hands, is powerful technology. Witness the grandeur of New Zealand's dreamlike landscapes, brought straight to you by Martin Heck. Read More >>

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Residential “Mini Shard” Could Flank London’s Tower of Sauron

Love the Tolkienesque Shard in Central London? Good, because it looks likely to get a little brother, standing right next to the city's most imposing tower. Read More >>

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Google’s Tour of Middle Earth: LOTR From a Great Eagle’s Point of View

Middle Earth is an amazing fictional world, but if you want to really get to know it, you've got to read a lot of words. So if you're in the mood for a little Tolkien fantasy without hunkering down for a serious reading session, Google's brand new tour of Middle Earth is a beautiful (and effortless) way to get your fix. Read More >>