This Smaug Sculpture is Probably the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

Talk about books coming to life! I stumbled across this gem the other day, and it was too cool not to share.

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via fartoomanyideas.deviantart.com/

Being the Middle-earth maniac that I am, stumbling across a sculpture of Bilbo-hunting Smaug bursting out of a Danish copy of The Hobbit, made from the book itself is pretty mind-blowing.

Sculptor Victoria of VMCreations has a bevvy of pictures showing the Smaug sculpture in detail and it is JAW-DROPPING. Smaug looks almost paper-machéed but without all that goop – it’s so precise, I’m speechless.

Or… I would be, if I wasn’t constantly shouting ‘WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE??’ I think the neighbours are starting to get annoyed.

The Next Big Thing in Middle-earth Gaming

I’m itching to see the next instalment of Middle-earth on the big screen when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres on December 13.

I’ve worked my way through all of the teasers, trailers, sneak peeks and vlogs YouTube has to offer, and I’m still hungry for more. After all, the holidays are fast-approaching, and what are the holidays without a return to Tolkien?

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via Monolith Productions

In the meantime, though, there’s big news on the gaming front. Monolith is hard at work on what’s looking to be a very impressive game: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Set in the loosely-chronicled time period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the game follows ranger-turned-wraith Talion and his own personal strife following the death of his family, himself and his subsequent resurrection in the service of Sauron.

What’s really cool about the concept is that it’s set in Mordor before it was transformed into a barren breeding ground for Orcs and your run-of-the-mill evil. While it’s still far from lush, it’s a part of the world never really glimpsed before. Until now. Cue them Isengard horns.

GameInformer.com is following the project closely, with developer interviews, story and concept details and some artwork too. While there’s still no gameplay footage, GameInformer’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hub is REALLY worth your time. Watch the intro vid below and get excited:

10 Real-Life Hobbit Holes

As one of the biggest Tolkien fans in the world (I have a button that tells me so), I’ve often dreamed about what living in Middle Earth would be like. Of course, Middle Earth is huge and covers a lot of different geographies – mountains to deserts to tundra to coastline – but I think every Tolkien fan at some point has imagined life in the Shire.

Peaceful. Tranquil. Full of visitors, well-wishers and distant relations. But what if you could actually call a hobbit hole home? Not a nasty kind of hole, no – but something comfy, cozy and a downright work of art?

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via freshome.com

Well, at least 10 people have felt the same way and done something about it. Take a look at this article from freshome.com featuring 10 incredible homes that are or seem to be inspired by Shirefolk.

Confusticate them and their monies and their dreams. They truly haves the precious, yesss.

Trailer Watch: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Middle Earth returns to the big screen in late 2013 with more EPIC than ever before, showcased in this hot-off-the-press release of the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Check it out below to get a glimpse of old friends with new contact lenses and new friends with ‘old’ problems.

Get it? Because some of them are immortal…? Aaaand trailer:

You Are Not Prepared! …for the Films of 2015

The year 2015 is going to be nuts. No, there won’t be any apocalypse (that I’m aware of) but there will be some fictional world-saving on the rise. I’m talking about a crazy set of genre movie releases that are in development now and will be slated for release in 2015. Long awaited movies. Movies we never thought would actually happen.

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via nukethefridge.com

First, there’s Star Wars. A seventh episode of Star Wars. If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, then clearly you’ve never been to a galaxy far, far away. Nobody thought it was possible. Arguably, it didn’t even seem like a good idea, considering the questionable quality of the last installments.

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Eat Like a Hobbit

Every time the clock rolls over into December 26, I cringe – not just ’cause my favourite holiday is over, and not just because I know we have months more of cold weather to look forward to – but because I know we’ve officially moved into the worst time of year: dieting season.

Everywhere I look these days, it’s detox-this and cleanse-that and people telling me they’ve never felt better as they choke down their tenth daily serving of what’s supposed to be kale-spirulina-lemon juice but really just looks like a glass of green sadness. So I found it particularly refreshing to stumble on this blog today: Eat Like A Hobbit.

Tolkien Library

Tolkien Library

Every year, these folks host a party on the Saturday nearest to Tolkien’s birthday (January 3) where they watch all three The Lord of the Rings films and eat the seven traditional hobbit meals: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. Apart from being an amazing excuse to actually use the word “elevenses”, the party acts as a fundraiser that raises money for organizations that are combating hunger in their community.

A party that’s socially responsible AND encourages the consumption of a lot of bacon at what is traditionally a time of self-deprivation? I’m so down. Even if you don’t want to get on board with this idea (since, real talk, eating seven meals a day is probably not nutritionally responsible), you can console yourself with the knowledge that if nothing else, at least you’re healthier than a hobbit.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to afternoon tea.

Bilbo Vloggins (eeewww…)

Puns abound! Guy and I TOTALLY went to see THE HOBBIT last night at midnight, and I got this vlog out just a few hours before the show!

Anyway, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m gonna put minimal comments down about the movie for now…maybe tomorrow I’ll talk more about it, after opening day and all.

But in the meantime…FEAST YOUR EYES, MIDDLE EARTHLINGS.

Day On, Day Off

Fluorescent lights, greyish cubicle walls and a slightly-too-small headset – ahhhh, hello day off!

…which is actually my day ON this week. Nah, this b ain’t crazy. It’s all part of my master plan for tomorrow when Guy and I take the WHOLE DAY to prep for The Hobbit!

But it’s not just lounging around and counting down the seconds til midnight…it’s planning transit routes, making sure tickets are had in zippered pockets, picking out Middle Earthish accessories to wear, and VLOGGING.

So much excitement! Just gotta get through today…

*coffee*

2 more sleeps!

…only two more sleeps till I see The Hobbit!

I didn’t successfully finish The Hobbit yesterday – I got too cozy and fell asleep. But I’m going to finish it right now before sleep……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Here’s a little midnight snack before bed:

Goodnight!