"Good Guy Sauron" Meme Shows Off The Helpful Side Of The Dark Lord

History is told by the victors, and when it comes to Lord of the Rings, Sauron doesn't much good press. That's why someone came up with the "Good Guy Sauron" meme, to show the good side of this bad guy. » 3/16/15 5:00pm 3/16/15 5:00pm

This Secret Door Lights Up Like The Entrance To Moria At A Single Touch

Redditor Eclipse_007, blessed with Dwarven ingenuity, decided to install a secret doorway to a theatre room in their basement - and chose to replicate the entrance the Fellowship takes when they venture into Moria by turning the inconspicuous door into a gorgeous, light up panel that reacts to your touch. » 3/04/15 6:31pm 3/04/15 6:31pm

Learn How to Do Your Cooking In Darth Vader's Head

Anyone can have a regular wood-burning stove. Want to put a stamp on your backyard? Then you can customize it to look like your favorite metal-based characters. » 3/01/15 11:00pm 3/01/15 11:00pm

Posters of Classic Movies, Boiled Down to Circles

What You Need To Know About Lord Of The Rings' One Ring

You may have read The Lord of the Rings and/or seen the movies, but do you understand what's going on with those titular pieces of jewelry? This video offers a quick explanation of the various rings in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe, especially the One Ring. » 2/09/15 1:51pm 2/09/15 1:51pm

10 Catch Phrases You Swore You'd Never Use (And When You Used Them)

Science fiction and fantasy are full of great quotable phrases — but some are damn near irresistible. No matter how hard you struggle, these phrases worm their way into your consciousness. No matter how much you deny it, you let them back out. Here's a list of 10 phrases too good not to repeat. » 2/03/15 10:00am 2/03/15 10:00am

Plan Your Next Trip To Mordor With This Google Map Of Middle-Earth 

Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls." » 1/30/15 9:20am 1/30/15 9:20am

Beautiful Map To Middle-Earth Discoverd On Starbucks Cup

Someone sketched out the map of Middle-Earth onto a Starbucks cup and it's just a nice thing. Look at this adorable little map thing someone with great talent drew. Isn't that nice? » 1/23/15 8:40am 1/23/15 8:40am

How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?

When people describe a story as being told in a "by the numbers" fashion, that's usually regarded as bad. But in a talk at Oxford University the other day, scientist Marcus du Sautoy argued that a great mathematical proof is a lot like a story. In fact, a really great proof is like Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings » 1/21/15 4:00pm 1/21/15 4:00pm

The First Hobbit Fan-Edit Cuts The Trilogy In Half

Well, this was inevitable. A Tolkien fan — less enthused by Peter Jackson's expansive, three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit than others — has created his own edit of the trilogy, trimming the 9+ hour-long saga into a much trimmer four hours and 21 minutes. Check it out! » 1/20/15 6:51am 1/20/15 6:51am

You'll Have To Hurry To Own These Incredible Lord Of The Rings Posters

Matt Ferguson's gloriously geeky art is well known for its awesomeness (as well as its ability to promptly sell out the moment it goes on sale) - and this latest trilogy of posters inspired by the Lord of the Rings is no exception. You've only got until the end of this weekend to buy it though! » 1/16/15 12:35am 1/16/15 12:35am

How Michael Moorcock Became The Anti-Tolkien

Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of… » 1/07/15 3:40pm 1/07/15 3:40pm

A Fantastic Lego Diorama Captures Helms Deep Mid-Explosion

The breaching of Helm's Deep in The Two Towers is one of the coolest parts of what is already a pretty darn cool fight scene - and as this incredible diorama by Flickr user Grant Davis shows, it looks just as impressive made out of Lego. » 1/04/15 1:32pm 1/04/15 1:32pm

​10 Dragons Who Are Enormous Assholes

Sometimes dragons are the majestic lords of the sky, noble creatures who are wise and powerful. Sometimes they're evil incarnate, greedy enemies of humanity. And sometimes, they're just jerks. Here are 10 wyrms that give the entire species a bad name. » 12/30/14 10:07am 12/30/14 10:07am

How Do Jackson's Lord of the Rings Characters Compare To Tolkien's?

When it comes to personality traits, how does J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf compare to Peter Jackson's movie version? An IBM researcher used the company's artificially intelligent Watson computer system to crunch the data and find out. » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 10:00am 12/24/14 10:00am

Beware The Black Rider Made Entirely Out Of Cake

It's hard to believe that the above picture is of an actual cake someone made, but lo and behold. this Nazgûl is just that. Never has the Black Rider looked so sinister and delicious! » 12/19/14 4:58pm 12/19/14 4:58pm

The Lord Of The Rings' Mythology Explained In Just Four Minutes

If you haven't dived into the pages of The Silmarillion, there's a whole cosmology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that you may not know. This short video outlines the basics, explaining as much about the universe's divine and angelic beings as you can learn in four minutes. » 12/17/14 4:30pm 12/17/14 4:30pm

All The Scenes That Could Have Been Cut From The Hobbit Trilogy 

The Hobbit trilogy has thrown Tolkien-fans a rather rare problem: way too much screentime for some of their most beloved characters. So, what could have been cut to make the movie a little smaller and a whole lot better? So, so much. » 12/17/14 4:07pm 12/17/14 4:07pm