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Gandalf

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Craig Drake Illustrates Badass Female Action Stars & More In Solo Show

I’ve been ogling Craig Drake’s work for a while now and when I saw he was doing a solo show, I lamented not having $200 for his work featuring Buffy…on wood! Then I found out there were prints. But they were already sold out (#nerdworldproblems). However, thanks to “The Internet,” I can look at his gorgeous images until my heart is content. Take a look at a few of his pieces featuring characters from Game of Thrones, Kill Bill, Star Wars, and more.

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There And Back Again

Gandalf Branches out to Blocking New York City Pedestrian Bridges

When I heard Improv Everywhere had a guy dressed up as Gandalf shouting “you shall not pass” at folks in Central Park, I assumed the video would make me cringe, but this Gandalf is just so good natured about absolutely nobody stopping when he asks them to that I’m actually pretty charmed.

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There And Back Again

Watch This Woman As She Finds Out Gandalf Is Not, In Fact, Dead

I know some people won’t be able to comprehend how anyone could avoid spoilers for The Lord of the Rings. You know, considering the book has been around since the 1950s and the Peter Jackson films were about as wide-spread as you can get in the way of exposure. But look, some folks just don’t discuss LOTR over second breakfast, ok? In any case, this woman’s roommate knew she had know idea what was about to unfold in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, so the experience was documented and posted online for us to enjoy.

(via Buzzfeed)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Security Cameras In Party Hats

It’s George Orwell‘s birthday, and security apparatuses are celebrating world over! Someone promised they would bring cake, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lie. (via Laughing Squid)

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

I Put on My Wizard Robe and Hoodie

ThinkGeek says this wizard hoodie is all about Gandalf, with his Dwarf rune for G, Glamdring, and some crossed pipes, but I’m seeing less of a pointy hat and more of a pointy Magika hood. Ahh, well, I bet the hood is a great place to keep snacks anyway. For when you’re done with the pipes.

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There And Back Again

Watch Willie Nelson Audition for Gandalf in “The Hobbit 2” [VIDEO]

“You can hire me and fire that Ian McKellen guy,” says country music legend Willie Nelson to Peter Jackson in this audition tape. “He’s a good actor, but hell, I’m Willie Nelson.”

He has a point there, Peej.

(via: Laughing Squid)

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Awwwwww

Mal Reynolds, Harry Potter, Totoro, and Gandalf Have Never Been Cuter Than When They Are Mice

Mice and nerdiness are bound together in eternal partnership, if just because so many of us grew up with Redwall. So Quernus Crafts‘ sculptures of famous geeky characters as mice is really the perfect fit. Don’t question it. Just let yourself coo at Mal Reynolds, Gandalf, Harry Potter, and Totoro as mice. None of your fellow geeks will judge you.

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My Precious!

Essential Wizarding Gear for All Occasions (Even Balrogs)

The LotR Project spends most of its time quantitatively recording, researching, and presenting details and data from Tolkein’s Middle Earth setting. I see absolutely no deviation between their usual work and this poster, which is being offered for sale.

Previously in The Lord of the Rings

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

The Best Answers To Come Out Of Ian McKellen Taking Over The Hobbit Twitter Feed Yesterday

We already love Sir Ian McKellen a great deal but a recent takeover of the official The Hobbit twitter feed reminds us why. The thespian was asked questions by fans via an #AskGandalf hashtag and answered so many, the account hit their maximum for the afternoon. But don’t worry, plenty was said and we’ve documented it here for posterity. Hit the jump to see which were our favorites (the questions are on the right). We’ve ranked them by how many favorites they received from users.

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Wait For It...

Does Gandalf Ride A Unicycle While Playing Bagpipes In The Hobbit? No? Well Here’s What That Looks Like.

Reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have started to make their way online but I’m avoiding them so I can’t say with confidence whether or not the film includes Gandalf playing the bagpipes while riding a unicycle. But like, that sounds like something you’d want to see, right? Though I will express how awesome I think this is, I think he missed an opportunity by not dressing as Bilbo because then he could call himself Bilbo Bagpipes.

(va Mental Floss)

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