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There’s Going to Be a New Tolkien Middle-Earth Book That Isn’t Actually New at All

In 2017, you will finally be able to buy a copy of Beren and Lúthien, a story of old Middle-earth, written by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Or, you could go buy one of half a dozen already published books that the story appears in later today. Your call! 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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Air New Zealand Hires the LOTR Effects Wizards For Its Flight Safety Video

If you’re ever lucky enough to fly Air New Zealand, you might want to actually pay attention to the safety video that plays before takeoff. The airline hired WETA, the effects shop responsible for The Lord Of the Ring films, to punch up the video. And not surprisingly, they delivered (and then some) with a short film called An Unexpected Briefing that looks like it takes place in Middle Earth. Read More >>

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This Is The Hobbit in Real Life

We've found the Shire and it exists in Switzerland. Just looking at these houses, built by Peter Vetsch, hidden in the Earth makes you think of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I want to live there so much. Read More >>