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Lord of the Rings

Get Lost... and Then Find Yourself in New Zealand

Laura Grier | Posted 11.06.2015 | Travel
Laura Grier

At 35 years old I thought I had finally figured it out. As a destination wedding photographer, I have seen what it takes to make it down the aisle....

Evolved Archetypes: Stewards and Champions Are Rising in Our Stories

Maya Zuckerman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Maya Zuckerman

What is stopping us from collaborating on solutions for the biggest global challenges are not the actual solutions, but our relationships with each other. Our stories do not encompass all of us, they don't welcome and empower all genders, ethnicities, and species.

Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

I myself adored geek culture when that was kind of a bad thing, so of course I have to ask Ralph about his animated (and notoriously rotoscoped!) adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings -- scripted by Peter Beagle, and a major influence on Peter Jackson & Co.'s live-action adaptation.

These 'Lord Of The Rings' Illustrations Are Just Precious

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 10.20.2015 | Arts

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has published a book of J.R.R. Tolkien's sketches for the 60th anniversary of the series. Edited by Christin...

The 'Lord Of The Rings' Cast Says Major Fan Theory Shall Not Pass

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.14.2015 | Entertainment

A day may come when Sam and Frodo buy into a major "Lord of the Rings" fan theory, but it is not this day. Many fans think it's a big plot ...

These 5 Legendary Roles Were Very Nearly Played by Different Actors

Inverse | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

That's why we never saw Cary Grant play James Bond. Same goes for this quintet of iconic characters, who were this close to being played by different performers.

'Harry Potter', 'Jurassic Park', 'Avengers' and 14 Other Multi-Billion Dollar Movie Franchises

GOBankingRates | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business

The highest-grossing movie franchises measure their earnings in the billions of dollars -- and that is often just from the box office ticket sales. Here is a look at some of the most successful 17 film franchises in history based on domestic gross box office earnings reported by Box Office Mojo.

Understanding the Financial Crisis in Greece With Lord of the Rings

Mackenzie Broderick | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Mackenzie Broderick

A shadowy yet powerful organization begins to exert pressure on King Theoden of Rohan to bend to its will -- yes, the wizard Saruman and his minions at Isengard, better known to us as the International Monetary Fund.

Early, Unfinished J.R.R. Tolkien Story Headed To Bookshelves

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts

While A Song of Ice and Fire fans twiddle their thumbs, waiting for George R.R. Martin to buckle down and write, J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate w...

Gandalf, Merlin, or Dumbledore: Who Was the Greatest Wizard?

Quora | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books

Dumbledore is the most powerful by a country mile for the simple reason that magic has changed as the world has changed, so what might have seemed like a big deal in 600 A.D., or even 1954, does not seem like a big deal now, and J.K. Rowling wanted to "wow" her audience.

Ian McKellen Almost Didn't Play Gandalf Or Magneto Because Of Tom Cruise

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment

It's hard to imagine "Lord of the Rings" without Sir Ian McKellen's Gandalf, or "X-Men" without his Magneto. McKellan is those characters....

The Most Iconic Jewelry in Movies

Alex Simon | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Precious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C.

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Benjamin Hardy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Hardy

Like Bilbo, most of us are like butter scraped over too much bread. If you don't purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve  --  without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives.

One Reason Christopher Lee Was Perfect For 'Lord Of The Rings'

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment

Christopher Lee, who died Sunday, will certainly be remembered for his brilliant work in film. But his role as Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" fran...

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.

Is Reading Greek Mythology Toxic For Students?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Lev Raphael

Is there any book anywhere that couldn't be in need of a trigger warning? Think about Twilight or Lord of the Rings or The Great Gatsby. What would be helpful is for professors to do what many I know already do: ask students at the beginning of a class to inform them privately if they have any issues that might interfere with classroom learning and proceed from there.

'Lord Of The Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dead At 59 | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment

Andrew Lesnie, who won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for 2001’s 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring', has died at the age...

The Middle East Among Us: Artist Nasser Alzayani in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with the kind, thoughtful, wise-beyond-his-years artist inside the Odeon Cinema in Florence during Middle East Now, and it turned out to be a highlight of my festival. After the interview, do check out the slideshow of his work below.

The Resurrection According to SciFi, Part 3: Harry Potter

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Harry's death by the dark lord is his salvation. As the devil rejoiced over the crucifixion of Christ, so too Voldemort glories in Harry's demise not realizing it is his own destruction that has been orchestrated.

Watch The Entire 'Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy -- In 5 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books

"Tolkien built the largest and most consistent fictional universe," YouTube sensation CGP Grey says. It's a bold and refutable claim (Terry Pratchett,...

Season Your Inner Nerd With Gandalf Salt And Pepper Shakers

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Taste

And let the battle continue.

The Lord Of The Rings: My Survival Guide To Cancer

Nina Lutz | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Nina Lutz

After my diagnosis, I felt my own fellowship form. My parents came together to do their best to protect me; they protected me from germs, infections, depression, and loneliness. My best friend and sister provided levity in a dark time much like Merry and Pippin. I met another cancer survivor who proved to be a great guide on my journey, showing me the path to recovery.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jackson has done something that will likely never be done again: It's not just that he got these movies made the way he wanted -- but that the way he did it was of such consistently high quality.

Leigh Blickley

All The Similarities Between 'The Lord Of The Rings' And 'The Hobbit' | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment

"The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies are, of course, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy books. But the movies definitely feature ...