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20 of the Coolest Tour Experiences Around the World

Viator | Posted 04.15.2014 | Travel
Viator

Many people equate the word "tours" with the typical big bus excursions led by flag-toting guides that seen at every major tourist attraction around the world. But not all tours are the same.

Actor Sean Astin Changes Debate on Talk Show

Aaron Sagers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Aaron Sagers

It sounds like the moral of a feel-good movie: A man of the people sets out on a quest to start a conversation in the citizenry, a fellowship of the...

Lent: Falling in Love With the Ordinary Is Subversive

Jeremy John | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Jeremy John

Lent is an extraordinary time to establish our joys in the everyday. We give those things up so we can focus on the ordinary and make our lives more consistent with our Gospel call to love ourselves and what we do. Falling in love with the ordinary is subversive.

Technology Gandalf Is The Only Meme We've Ever Needed

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 03.17.2014 | Technology

The Internet's love of Gandalf memes is nothing new, but this latest one may be the best. The meme, which popped up on Reddit over the weekend, doe...

6 Books That Use Numbers In Fascinating Ways

Zola Books | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Zola Books

Pi Day: It brings out the math geek in all of us. March 14 (3/14) is an officially recognized annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (the ...

Daily Meditation: The Road Goes On And On

Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Best Movie Sites You Can Visit

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

If you've ever wanted to walk the halls of Downton Abbey or through Panem's District 12, lucky for you, you can do just that.

The Lego Movie and the Science of Storytelling

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

The success of The Lego Movie is science first and foremost, masterfully brought to life with artistic flair. How do we know this? Because Aristotle told us so over two thousand years ago.

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

Movie Review: Winter's Tale

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Helprin's book is a tad precious, but Goldsman has no trouble shmaltzing it up in a way that undercuts the magic, while calling attention to the massive effort he needs to create the kind of wizardry that Helprin can do with a sentence or two.

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen on Being Besties and Waiting for Godot

Aaron Sagers | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Aaron Sagers

Within the theatre, they are master British thespians, knighted for their contributions to the craft. Within fan culture, they have geek god status -- one as a Starfleet captain, the other as a fierce wizard and friend to Hobbits, both as powerful mutant leaders.

This Is The REAL Middle-earth

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel

LOTR fans, your dream hath cometh true. There is a town in the Netherlands called Geldrop, and it's got a neighborhood where every street is named aft...

Mythic Darkness: Elementari Rising by Nancy Hightower

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

More than anything else, Elementari Rising might be about the inevitable loss of innocence, the unsustainability of normal life in the face of natural disaster. Perhaps for that reason the protagonist is young, and the threatened Terakhein are children.

If All Else Fails, Turn Your Homework Into A 'Lord Of The Rings' Tribute

Posted 12.30.2013 | Teen

In the words of Gandalf: Alex, you shall not pass this homework assignment. (And be careful -- the teacher clearly has their eye of Sauron on you.) ...

Ari and Emma Review Movies They've Never Seen: The Lord of the Rings

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

As Ari and Emma get increasingly inebriated, they proceed to interweave the plots of movies they've never seen, across genres, spaces, and times.

The Unexpected Desolation of Peter Jackson's Hobbit Movies

Paul Katz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

The part of the story I most wanted to see handled by Peter Jackson and team now exists. For my taste, they didn't get it right.

Instagrammers Explore Real Life Middle Earth

Posted 12.18.2013 | Travel

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth has captured imaginations for decades. And since his films came to life on the big screen, Middle Earth has become assoc...

The Hobbit's Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

Viator | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel
Viator

While filming, many of the cast expressed concerns that viewers would think the landscape was fake. How, they argued, could moviegoers believe that such stunning scenery is real? Where in the world do thundering waterfalls, turquoise lakes, volcanic pinnacles, and alpine glaciers all occupy a terrain with hardly any people?

You Shall Not Pass... For Some Reason

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy

There's no denying Gandalf was critical in the ultimate success of the Fellowship of the Ring, but there are some situations where his help might not ...

There and Back Again: Rediscovering The Hobbit

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.11.2014 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I recently turned to The Hobbit when I was down with a killer migraine. Reading it wasn't exactly like meeting an old friend, because I didn't remember most of the book. But that didn't matter, because opening up the book and diving in, I felt welcomed by the narrative voice which is so very wise and warm -- and wry.

'The Hobbit' Faces Lawsuit Over Profits

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey and Bob Weinstein have sued Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema claiming they're owned a share of the profits from the second and t...

Mike Ryan

What's The First Word On 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is quite possibly the least talked about sure-to-be-blockbuster movie of all time. I do wonder what life...

'The Hobbit' In A Cappella Is Magical

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.12.2013 | Entertainment

You might remember Peter Hollens from Season two of NBC's "Sing-Off," or from his incredible a capella Disney medley that wowed listeners in October. ...

'Hobbit' Director Peter Jackson On The Movie's Controversial Frame Rate

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 12.11.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Has Peter Jackson reflected on the massive chunk of his life that he's devoted to Hobbits? "You're not going to make me are you?" h...

Gollum Like You've Never Seen Him Before

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.10.2013 | Entertainment

YouTube duo AVbyte's newest contribution to the ongoing YouTube video series Draw My Life is heartbreakingly hilarious with hobbit-on-hobbit betrayal...