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Interview with LOTRO Composer Chance Thomas

Chance Thomas is well known to those of us who spend some time in the Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online trouncing across the Greenfields of the Shire, exploring the dark places of Moria, or most recently, charging across the plains of Hytbolt. Mr. Thomas is responsible for the merry melodies of the Shire, the ominous opuses of Foundations of ...

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Conan the Barbarian – The Expanded Score

After years of wondering if we would ever have access to the entire film score of Basil Poledouris’s Conan the Barbarian, the wait is over. In their words, Intrada has released this grand film score in its entirety: Conan the Barbarian – Expanded. One of Poledouris’s most popular works, it is also one of the enduring most film scores of ...

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The Hobbit: Animal Wrangler Claims of Abuse Will Fail says Wood

Recently, TMZ caught up with Hobbit star Elijah Wood. Wood returns as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s anticipated trilogy of The Hobbit. Wood told a TMZ reporter that he is convinced that the wranglers who brought forth the animal abuse claims are out for a payday but will ultimately fail in their efforts. Wood stated, “heartbreaking…I never saw any of ...

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The Hobbit Collectible Latex Weapons from Wicked Replicas

For those of you that are getting your Middle-Earth cosplay ready for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but are worried you won’t be able to complete your costume by adorning the appropriate weapon, good news! Wicked Replicas has released a safe line of weapon replicas based on the ones used in the upcoming Hobbit movie. Made from ...

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The Ring: From Middle-Earth to Modern History

Recently I had the honor to be a guest blogger for Jens Hansen and write an article on the ring as jewelry. The following is a sample of my submission. [A ring is] “The article of jewelry around which centers tradition, antiquity, utility and symbolic meaning of the greatest reverential character.” In the JRR Tolkien classics, The Hobbit and The ...

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Portland's Wild Arts Festival

It’s been a very busy month in Portland, Oregon even with the holiday season in full swing. I went on another outing around town and this time my travails took me to the Wild Arts Festival. This festival is hosted each year by the Audubon Society of Portland and this year was my first time attending. One might ask: What ...

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Olsen and Beagle and Tolkien, Oh My!

This just in from Trish Lambert! Olsen and Beagle and Tolkien, Oh My! Mythgard Institute’s First Annual Mythmoot will be all Hobbit, all the time… It was a real problem. After listening to The Tolkien Professor for years, including this year’s Riddles in the Dark ‘cast conjecturing about Peter Jackson’s new film, I knew too much. There was no way ...

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Creator of LotrProject speaks at TEDx event

Emil Johansson, creator of the Tolkien website LotrProject, was invited to TEDxGöteborg to speak about how his geeky web project has changed his life. LotrProject was published in January this year and has been receiving attention for its extensive Middle-Earth genealogy, timeline and demographics. In the talk Emil tells us how the project which he thought would lead nowhere opened ...

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Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection

Star Trek geeks, get ready! La La Land Records is planning to release the definitive soundtrack: Star Trek Original Series Soundtrack! This collection will feature every piece of music heard in the series and then some! One of the great things about the music from Star Trek: The Original Series is that it is orchestral – one of the things ...

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The One Ring RPG Wins Best of Show at Lucca

Cubicle 7and Sophisticated Games continue to impress the table top RPG world with its monumental role playing game based on the J.R.R. Tolkien world of Middle-Earth. From the publishers: About Cubicle 7 Entertainment Cubicle 7 Entertainment is the award-winning publisher of games such as Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, The Doctor Who Card Game, The Laundry, Victoriana, Primeval, ...

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