A great love story can totally grab your heartstrings. But you know what is guaranteed to make you start sobbing like a drunken longshoreman? Friendship. Science fiction and fantasy are full of platonic relationships that punch you in the gut. So in no particular order, here are the 17 friendships most guaranteed to…
One of the big cinematic losses of 2015 was Christopher Lee, whose decades-long career was filled with iconic performances. But the role that Lee played so memorably in Lord of the Rings wasn’t his first choice.
Although The Hobbit movies were way too long as is, there is one solid reason for checking out the extended edition Blu-ray of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies when it arrives next week. Peter Jackson has added blood to the climactic battle of Erebor—enough to upgrade this version of the movie to an R rating—and…
Pop culture is full of weak villains with nonsense origins. And the latest James Bond film, Spectre, was Exhibit A for “villains ruined by ridiculous new backstories.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 10 villains who actually have origins that make them better and more monstrous.
As action figures have become more detailed, toy fans have been treated to some amazing-looking figures over the years. But not that long ago, when sculpting techniques were less advanced, toy likenesses could range from the mediocre to the terrifying. Here are 11 figures who look less like they’re ready for action…
This is a pretty incredible find: a map of Middle Earth featuring annotations from its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien was recently discovered in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes, which sheds some light on some of the inspiration behind it.
Last month, an event called Bitva o Fort went down. That’s Battle of the Fort in English, and it saw hordes of Lord of the Rings fans converge on the village of Radíkov in the Czech Republic to recreate an epic battle between the forces of men, elves and some very well-dressed orcs.
There’s fandom, there’s madness, and there’s total freaking insanity. A new Indiegogo campaign to actually build the fictional Middle Earth city of Minas Tirith from The Lord of the Rings is something beyond that. It’s absolutely hilarious.
Warsaw, Poland-based artist Dawid Fratczak has created an antidote to spoiler culture: a series of movie posters with a giant spoiler illustration. And then, if that’s not enough, he writes it out for you, too.
What would Herman Melville have made of Larry Niven’s huge space mega-engineering project? You don’t have to wonder any longer.
Actors may be front and center but, sometimes, the location is the star of a movie. Hogwarts in Harry Potter, Bag End in Lord of the Rings, the firehouse in Ghostbusters, places like these have become as iconic — if not more so — than the movies they’re in.
Turns out it’s a lot. Industrious Imgur user Mattsawizard tabulated the miles it took Frodo and his erstwhile companion Samwise to get from Bag’s End all the way to Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the distance is 1350 miles — as long as it would take you to walk from Los Angeles, CA, to Austin, Texas.
Everyone has those special film scenes that just give you chills, no matter how many times you see them. For me, one such scene takes place in the first film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring. Here’s a video explaining why this one scene is so perfect.
What makes a castle impregnable? Is it the walls? Its inhabitants? Other defenses? A combination of all of the above? All we can tell you is this — no one is pregnating these nine fictional castles any time soon.
You can say a lot of bad things about Battle of the Five Armies, but its glorious shots of the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor in the Misty Mountains were definitely a treat. It looks just as amazing when remade in Lego, on a truly massive scale — something that took Michał Kaźmierczak 7 months of building to do!
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.
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.
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.