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The Lord of the Rings

  1. The Mary Sue Exclusive: A LEGO Brickumentary Clip Celebrates Ladies Who LEGO

    That Rivendell, tho.

    In this exclusive clip from the Jason Bateman-narrated A LEGO Brickumentary, champion builder Alice Finch shows off her incredible model of Rivendell and talks about LEGO's increasingly gender-neutral focus and the importance of teaching girls to build.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Iron Man Gloves That Shoot Real Lasers

    But do they have repulsors?

    If these Iron Man hands are better than Hulk hands, does that make them a HulkHandsBuster? (Never been less sorry in my life.) (via Nerdist)

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  3. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Films Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Passes Away at 59

    Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, beloved for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films as well as I Am Legend, Babe, the 2005 King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, passed away yesterday at 59 of an apparent heart attack.

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  4. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Beren & Lúthien, Werewolves, and Half-Goddesses

    Part 2

    Welcome back, fellow Tolkien fans (or just those curious about the extended edition of Middle Earth)! It’s been awhile since my last recap. I had a baby, no big deal! It’s taken some time to eek out brief minutes to write about Tolkien again, but here we are. And this one’s a doozy.

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  5. Amazons X-Ray Feature Lets You Learn About The Actor, Character, and Even Song That’s On Screen

    Where there's movies there's hope, and need for an actor's history.

    Have you ever watched a movie and go, wait, where do I know that person from? Well, Amazon has a solution for that. It's called the X-Ray, and it will answer all your questions.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: The World’s Most Adorable Scarlet Witch

    Collector Corps, assemble!

    So cute! So badass!

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  7. LEGO Preparing to Take All of Everyone’s Money With Amiibo-like Video Game

    Bricks on bricks on bricks.

    You can build anything with LEGO! And that includes a machine to efficiently extract all of the world's money. All of it. Say hello to LEGO's new toy-based video game, LEGO Dimensions.

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  8. They Are No Men: Tolkien’s 6 Most Bad-Ass Forgotten Ladies

    J.R.R. Tolkien isn’t exactly known for his “strong female characters.” Despite Éowyn’s memorable moment of triumph, the fact remains that The Hobbit doesn’t have a single female character (other than a brief mention of Belladonna Took), and The Lord of the Rings fares little better – I can think of five named women who appear in the entire series.

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  9. Send A Message From Game Of Thrones‘ King’s Landing Thanks To These Postcards From Fictional Places

    That bloodstain, tho.

    I would personally opt out of traveling to some of these places, but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan of these postcards from fictional locales.

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  10. Vote Now For The Winner Of The Mary Sue and Calgary Expo’s Ultimate Cosplay Contest!

    SO. MUCH. TALENT.

    You've submitted your entries for The Mary Sue and Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo's Ultimate Cosplay Contest, and the finalists have been chosen! And whoa are they ever amazing!

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  11. Spain Is Working on an Unauthorized Middle-Earth Theme Park

    The world is indeed full of peril.

    Welcome... to MIDDLE-EARTH!

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  12. Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story

    Not that long ago, in a galaxy... well, it was in this galaxy, but it was a while ago now, fourteen-year-old me received a really awesome present: the Star Wars Trilogy Original Soundtrack Anthology, a four-CD box set that came with a booklet in which each track was described in terms of instrumentation, themes, what was going on in the movies during that track, and the composer's intentions for each track.

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  13. Texas School Suspends 9-Year Old for Threatening to Make Classmate Disappear With the One Ring

    There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.

    The boy's father assured officials that his son lacks the magical power to back up his statements. "He's a total squib."

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  14. “I am No Man” Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn

    And when you're done reading this, go Google Haleth, daughter of Haldad.

    There are many things I love about the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings film adaptations. The attention to detail, the shout outs to uber nerds with Silmarillion refs, the way Legolas jumps up on that horse in The Two Towers.

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  15. Real-Life Legolas Debunks Hollywood Techniques With Historically Accurate Master Archery

    Your elf eyes won't see his arrow coming.

    I call him a real-life Legolas, but as the "fastest archer alive," Lars Andersen is reportedly capabale of firing three arrows in 0.6 second—which makes him faster than Legolas. In this video, he puts those hard-earned skills (which he polished while LARPing, of course) to use recreating the techniques he picked up from old manuscripts, while in the process debunking some of the classic Hollywood myths about archery.

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  16. Things We Saw Today: Vintage Sigourney Weaver Testing Her Alien Flamethrower

    Come on, cat. Let's f*** shit up.

    LIFE GOALS.

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  17. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Jerk Elves and Really Shiny Jewels

    Part 1

    I’m going to admit it up front: I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. I’m particularly fond of Middle Earth but my favorite book is not The Lord of The Rings. It’s The Silmarillion. I know, I know, that dry historical tome that reads like a bible? YES. That one. I love it. It is epic and dark and lyrical and poetic. It’s also kind of banana pants.

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  18. Smart Ring Relays Phone Notifications, Absolutely Does Not Rule Them All

    Keep it secret, keep it safe.

    Smart watches seem kinda dumb to me (though less dumb than Google Glass on the scale of things). But smart rings? I'm... actually kind of into it. I don't even wear rings. But hey, maybe I don't want to have my phone out and visible to know if that email came in or that celebrity retweeted me or if my friend is ever going to text me that address.

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  19. What’s More Impressive, Gingerbread Iron Throne or Gingerbread Barad-dûr?

    Would eat both obviously but have to go with Barad-dûr on this one.

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  20. We Heartily Approve of This Little Girl’s List of Kick-Ass Fictional Ladies

    I am no man!

    Fantasy and young adult literature can get a bad rap sometimes, but Mia's list of some of her favorite heroines is a perfect breakdown of why strong female characters like Katniss or Divergent's Tris are so important. Reminder: you don't need to be in the target demographic to benefit from reading these character's stories, either. The qualities they embody are always relevant, whether you're a young adult or just a plain old grownup.

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