Google has some good news! Earlier this week, Ukranian media noticed a slight glitch wherein Google Translate was giving “Mordor” as a translation for “Russian Federation.” The good news is that they’ve fixed the problem.
There’s a new fantasy story from J.R.R. Tolkien set to be published later this fall: the author’s estate will be releasing The Story of Kullervo in October, one of his earliest prose works that would eventually lead him to 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."
Joss Whedon hints at some hinky stuff in store for Hawkeye and the Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peter Jackson feels like he could always return to Middle Earth, if given the chance. And Jeremy Irons explains why he took the role of Alfred in Batman v. Superman. Spoilers now!Doctor WhoSalem
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.
It's so easy to resort to lazy and hurtful stereotypes whenever we talk about orcs. If nothing else, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor shows us how disrespectful this is. These monsters may be hideous, but they're also individuals with hopes and dreams—unique and precious like snowflakes. Let's celebrate them as such.
This is apparently a map made for the Middle Earth role playing games by ICE, and it's just gorgeous. Not only is the detail in this beyond belief (just look at the legend!), it's also been planned for maximum visual impact. You could examine it forever.
After learning about the Tolkien estate's downright unseasonable ban on pumpkins appearing anywhere on Middle Earth, a second, and very important question arose: What about potatoes, precious?
J.R.R. Tolkien's hand-drawn maps of Middle Earth have long fueled readers' imaginations about the land of Hobbits, wizards, and Elves, and a group of fantasy cartographers are imagining what the world's terrain might look like in 3D.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion opens with the Ainulindalë, the story of how the universe of Middle Earth came into existence. Artist Evan Palmer has painted his own adaptation of tale, imagining the radiant forms of Tolkien's universe taking shape.
Why is it that the plucky Hobbit Bilbo Baggins triumph again and again over the likes of Gollum, the goblins, spiders, and Smaug? A cheeky medical paper suggests that good characters have an advantage over evil ones in Tolkien's world because good characters spend more time in the sun and absorb more Vitamin D.
Climate scientists from the University of Bristol in England have used a climate model to simulate the climate of Middle Earth. The model was also used to determine where on Earth is most like certain places in Middle Earth.
University of Bristol climate scientist Dan Lunt, writing under the name Radagast the Brown, released a paper today where he used powerful supercomputers to model the climate of Middle Earth. So of course he had to release it in Dwarvish, Elvish and English. He made some fascinating scientific observations, too.
It's terribly easy to get lost in Emil Johansson's Lord of the Rings Project, an extensive series of charts, maps, and genealogies analyzing J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. His latest update to the project is a real treat: a statistical analysis of the appearance of words and characters in The Lord of the Rings, The…
Polish photographer and artist Michal Karcz uses digital tools to create fantastical landscapes out of photographs he's taken. Here he's created a seemingly-impossible bridge between our world and Sauron's. Karcz writes, "Most of my work is like a journey to the places which don't exist." You can see a lot more where…
While Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now The Hobbit movie may be how many modern folks see Middle Earth, it's important to remember that the first person to illustrate J.R.R. Tolkien's world was Tolkien himself. Tolkien had a very clear sense of how Middle Earth should and should not look, and while he…